Australian developer Halfbrick has been in the games biz for over a decade, but really broke through with Fruit Ninja on the iPhone way back in April of 2010. They've released several other successful titles since then but nothing since Jetpack Joyride in September of 2011, more than a year and a half ago.

So it was kind of a big deal last month when they began teasing a new upcoming game called Fish Out of Water. We got our grubby hands on the game at GDC, and in our hands-on video preview members of Halfbrick walked us through the ins and outs as we were able to experience the game firsthand, and much like Fruit Ninja and some of the other Halfbrick games it was built around some incredibly simple ideas but full of polish, personality, and tons of fun.

Now we finally have a date when that fun will hit the App Store, as Halfbrick has informed us that Fish Out of Water will be launching later this week on April 18th for 99ยข. To celebrate, Halfbrick has released part 1 of a 2 part behind-the-scenes look at Fish Out of Water which you can see below, and includes some cool insight into what went into making the title as well as a look at some early prototypes when it was just a stone skipping game. Check it out.

When I played Fish Out of Water at GDC last month, I spent a good 20 or 30 minutes with the game and by the time our meeting was over I was actually upset I had to stop playing. It really is fun. So I'm pretty excited to see the game finally launch later this week. If you're excited too, check out our forums for some pre-launch discussion or take a look at the debut trailer if you missed late last month, and we'll let you know just as soon as Fish Out of Water hits the App Store.

  • themostunclean

    Weird bug going on with the TA app loading comments from a completely different site. Oh we'll, hope this posts.

    I'm hoping since its actually a (kinda) paid app that iAP won't be that aggressive. I've not been a huge fan of other Halfbrick games but this looks kinda fun. I like the idea of the weather system effecting gameplay.

    • wildperson

      Yeah, the gun control arguments are getting old.

      • Duhbyo47

        Ha! I see what you did there...

  • dariusjr98

    Behind the scenes videos are always great because they give you a good look at what goes on in a studio, which is cool. This game looks great, and I expect it being no less than great coming from Halfbrick. Definite buy for me.

  • nestor

    That was a great video, I hope we can watch Part 2 soon. Definitely grabbing this the moment it's out!

  • Thawkk

    I knew there was a reason for saving money on my iTunes account. Definitely gonna pick this up, you can't go wrong with Halfbrick.

  • araczynski

    Anyone in the know enough to say what software they use to develop? Looks like they're a windows shop.

    • Unseen Studios

      I believe they use their own custom engine written in c++

    • Hays Clark

      I have no idea but there is a Unity icon on the Game Designers desktop...

  • JoshW66

    I wish more game companies would give us behind-the-scenes looks like this. Not only is it really cool to see stuff like how they make the sound effects, but it's also neat to see the people who actually make the games. Especially cool here 'cause Halfbrick's such a talented company and those people deserve recognition.

  • Allen Arcelo

    No.

  • dariusjr98

    I'm I the only one who wants to see a whine the scenes

    • dariusjr98

      Wow...I fucked that post all up...what I MEANT to say was am I the only one who wants to see a behind the scenes from Foursaken Media?

    • Smartbomb

      Could be the genesis of a new meme...

      • dariusjr98

        Um...what?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nadav.barkama Nadav Bar Kama

    a half brick tossing game! will probably be loads of silly fun - exactly what i want in my casual games! thanks for the back stage video.

  • Smartbomb

    Cannot wait :)