3348427533_1478b5d3c3jpg-200x300You know you're an O.G. iOS gamer when you've got fond memories of the original array of Ngmoco games. I'm talkin' Dr. Awesome, Word Fu, Mazefinger, Rolando, and the Topple series. After all, there was a time when it was totally fair to say that ngmoco were well on their way of being the "Nintendo of the App Store" or whatever other cheesy phrase you wanted to assign to a developer that was continually raising the bar of what you could expect of iOS gaming. For better or for worse, the free to play explosion happened along side the release of Eliminate, and, well, here we are.

In the aftermath of the free to play apocalypse, the DeNA buyout, and all the other weird junk that's been going on in the lifecycle of ngmoco a few of these classics have been pulled from the App Store as they originally existed, or replaced with strange Plus+ laden free releases. However, per a recent interview with our pals at 148apps, Topple 2 is on its way back.

As explained in our review, Topple 2 is a block stacking game that is/was a ton of fun. From our review:

The premise of the Topple series is simple, you stack blocks of various shapes and sizes to reach a set altitude goal within the provided time limit. Blocks can be rotated to fit better in to the existing stack and the game makes excellent use of the accelerometer. If your tower of multicolored blocks isn’t as sturdy as you would like it to be, tilting the phone left or right causes your stack to lean, potentially giving you the extra bit of stability you need in order to not send everything crashing down.

It'll be interesting to see how the game stacks up now, as admittedly a lot of the original appeal of games back then revolved around the fact that it was super-nice to see titles that were cleverly designed to be iPhone games instead of just being games that run on the iPhone. It was a serious distinction that anyone around for the inception of the App Store likely will remember all too well.

[via 148apps]

Update: Aaaand it seems Topple 2 [Free] is now out. It's 99¢, and filled to the brim with Mobage stuff pressuring you to sign in, link your Facebook, and all that. Oh, and it has up-scaled blurry non-Retina assets. And advertisements for CSR Racing on the title screen and ads that load on the world map screen in between levels. Le sigh.

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Yep.

  • Pocketnova

    I remember Topple 2! Dang that was long ago... Good game.

  • Ronte Wright

    Topple 1 was one of the first games I downloaded, funny having nostalgia for an iPhone game.

  • Rasec46

    is it me or of the 3 screesnhots, 2 of them is of the game showing big ads? xD
    That's not the best marketing. but i'm no specialist in that matter. i might be wrong. xD
    ok ok, i know it was in context it the update about the game having ads but even so it's kinda bad the only screeshots showing that.

    • Adams Immersive

      Hey, at least it's honest! Sounds like the game IS an ad-fest. An ad-fest you pay for?

      • Rasec46

        Good point on the honesty.
        But i'm still not prepared to pay for a game with a bunch of ads. Makes me think it will go free very soon.

  • http://www.onebagtravel.com/ OneBagTravel

    Blurry textures and tons of ads? What were they thinking?

    • Gurney Halleck

      To sum it up in one phrase "mmmMoneyMoneyMoneyMoneyMoney" :-/

      • D-Vader

        What did you expect from Mobage?

  • vic_viper_001

    Tsk tsk... >:(

  • http://www.facebook.com/tamas.farkas.9081 Farkas Tamás

    of course i will pay for ads.... no.

  • Chumbake

    Ya, buying this again won't be happening. Especially for low res ads.

  • Chefbot

    Look at that icon.

    Look at that smug little man.