FDG Entertainment's Oceanhorn [$7.99] has been a graphical benchmark title since it was first released late last year. Since then, it's received a number of updates which have continually tweaked the game to look better and be more awesome. The "Game of the Year Edition" update added fishing and a bunch of other stuff, and there's another substantial update on the way for Oceanhorn version 2.5, which is scheduled to be released on December 11th.

The name of the game here is graphical optimizations for new devices. If you've got an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or iPad Air 2, this is going to be a game you need to have as you'll be able to run the game in its new "ultra-quality" visual display setting. They polygon count of the game has been increased by a factor of four, along with all sorts of visual tweaks like normal maps, ambient occlusion, and other lighting effects... Running at 60fps.

Here's a couple screenshots, click for full size:



Something to look for here is how round the barrels in the first screenshot are, as those are the sorts of things you typically shave polygons off of since no one usually cares if the tops of barrels you're running by and smashing are more shaped like stop signs than circles. With the power of new hardware, developers have polygons to spare, so, stuff is starting to look pretty awesome.

If you've got a new device and don't already have Oceanhorn, you should think about fixing that problem, particularly come early next month when the update hits.

  • Zerol3onheart

    I don't know why I kept skipping this game. It's time, iPhone. It's time.

    • rpgmind

      Not yet.... Not yet.....

      • CDRwasabi

        Was that meant to be a gladiator quote? If so, well done. If not, I apologize for getting excited

  • horizoniki

    Wonder why they skipped iPhone 5s. Oh, well..

    • Mhunt190

      I guess they didn't use metal. But I can barely see a difference.

      • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

        When you zoom up the Tikarel screenshot to native size, you'll easily spot the difference when you compare with the current build. And - wait until you see it in motion in native resolution on your Retina display. It looks fantastic.

    • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

      We also improved the grapics on iPhone 5s a bit.

      • Mhunt190

        Is the polygon count updated on the 5s as well? And are you using metal?

      • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

        we'll share more info on release day

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/rrvirus redribbon

        @fdg, on the iphone 6 plus does it mean we get a wider view or just the same angle with 6 and 5/5s?

      • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

        I'm not aware of any FOV changes..

  • http://tarasis.net/ Robert McGovern

    So the screenshots are from the new version? There a bunch of textures that still look quite low res like the Tabletop (first pic) or wooden bridges (second pic). Plus lots of jaggy edges.

    • Catacul

      You understand that you'll be playing this on a smaller screen than your computer's, right?

      • http://tarasis.net/ Robert McGovern

        I was zoomed in a bit but not lots on my 5S. I would be playing on my iPad which honestly isn't that much smaller than my comp (13" MBP) and it's certainly higher resolution than my comp (a lowly 1280x800)

      • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

        Retina Display is 264 pixels per inch, so the physical screensize plus higher resolution makes a huge difference. I'm playing on an iPad Air 2 right now and I can't wait for everyone to see it live 🙂 It's quite a remarkable difference to current live version.

      • FootSoldier

        Cant wait! Cant wait! Cant wait!! Love this game, and looking forward to the update. Good job on your progress.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      It's real, real hard to compare screenshots when you're not looking at them on the device they're going to be running on. If you look at the 2048×1536 screenshot on a normal monitor and are scrolling around looking at huge pixels, of course you're going to find stuff to pick out. The magic of the Retina Display is that gets hidden in the insanely high pixel density.

      • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

        That's right and the final build will have improved shadow map resolution as well. You don't see it in the current screens yet.

  • mcorleonep

    I have this game on my iPad 3 but recently got a 6+. My question is will it be possible to transfer game save data?

    • GaZ-OiD

      You should through icloud

  • GaZ-OiD

    So the original iPad Air can't run the fully optimised graphics??

    • darkcrayon

      I think you're asking the question the wrong way. The iPad Air 2 has a much more powerful GPU than the iPad Air. So there is simply room to make the graphics better.

  • SoyGreen


    I played through a bunch of the game on my iPad 2... only to have my 3 year old daughter wipe my save cause "I like this game! It's my favorite!" 🙂

    Time to finish Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on my 6+ so I can re-install and play this!

  • NPeart

    Great! My (less than) 1 year old iPad is already obsolete.

    • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

      It's not obsolete, you just can't run Ultra-Quality settings.

    • Based Xatu

      You knew that would happen when you bought it. Mobile devices fade every 6 months.

    • zergslayer69

      Obsolete means it's so old it can't function on par anymore. Your air will still run this game just fine. You just don't get the most bleeding edge graphic updates that's all.

      • Endscrypt

        Yup just updated from iPad mini to iPad air 2, as the 1st Gen mini is almost obsolete.

      • zergslayer69

        I'll agree with you on the mini. The mini line is fairly terrible. It's basically following the fate of the ipod touch. We all remember the touch right?

    • FootSoldier

      Trade it in to Gazelle. You'll get tons of money for it. And it will cut down the price of the iPad Air 2 substantially. That's what I did, and now I'm foaming at the mouth in anticipation of this games updates.

  • witcher

    Bought this game day one and it was an awesome 22 hours experience then they released the expansion for free and I was going to play it again but now I will have to wait for this improved graphics update is going to be awesome thanks developers!

  • PlannedObsolescence

    Game devs take note! This is how you make and support an awesome iOS game. I finally got to where I just keep a few games of this quality around and deleted all the other stuff. This thing already looked/played great but as I got iPad Air 2 now I'm psyched for the update!

    • FootSoldier

      Same here.

  • nonstickron

    Been stuck at Turmos for forever now.

    • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

      A couple hints for Turmos:
      - When he starts sucking you into his mouth, stand in a corner and place bombs 'in the air' or shoot arrows. The distance in the corners of the room give you an advantage.
      - Use the stairs at the sides to get to a safe place during the battle. You can also find some pots and refills up there
      - If you attempt the boss multiple times in a row, the boss gets a bit weaker from your previous attacks. Keep working on it

  • zergslayer69

    Love the post-release updates this game still receives. I bought the game the moment it went on the appstore and haven't played it yet. But I'm glad I supported the devs!

    • Phoen1x1

      I did the same, I bought the game then went to the dark side shortly afterwards (Android) but I am back with my new 6 plus and can't wait to play this once the update hits.

  • markylad

    Will I notice any difference on the iPad Air 1??

  • SuperMario7

    Definitely buying this for my iPhone 6, it's nice to see developers and publishers giving this much support to a game!

  • Coachflaps

    I might have to finally buy this when the new update comes out.

  • Alexythimia23

    Already got it and completed but will defo download again for the ipad air 2, cus i gotta see this in action. Seriously this new air 2 is freakishly powerful even blowing my iphone 6 out the water lol i dont know why they made this a8x chip this powerful? I hope its a sign of things to come, because everything i play now never crashes or lags and is pretty much instant. Gotta love apple for bringing some real horsepower in lol

    • GaZ-OiD

      They made the Air 2 that powerful to take advantage of Metal and close the gaming gap with consoles. The 2gb of ram also makes everything smoother and less laggy

  • the_rebel14

    So this is only for the new new devices? No Ipad Air or Mini Retina? Please correct me if I'm wrong!

  • adz4u28

    So this super awesome update will affect iPad Air 2 only right? Nice...................

    • adz4u28

      Wierd, I was just about to hit the buy button then as well until I read it won't change anything on my iPad Air...

  • Tony

    No love for the iPad Air?

    • FootSoldier

      Trade in, and upgrade to the Air 2.

  • lr1919

    I could never get into this game...

  • spokentruths772

    Stuff like this makes me want the iPhone 6 plus so bad but I'm waiting for the iPhone 6s/7 anyone know how long before one of those comes out? Lol I know it's kinda too early but still

  • appsrdead

    I played and beat the game, but personally, I think this is a lame update

  • vangel87

    Very well said. I'm not a dev but IMO iPhone 5s is not far away in term of specs from iPhone 6+ but has a lot better power per pixel performance. It's like iPad 2 vs iPad 3. In Order and Chaos, when they added full retina resolution to all characters and environment on iPad 3 at some point, it was unplayable on iPad 3 but ultra fast on iPad 2 - the same game on both but with native resolution.

    • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

      I think we'll have a nice surprise for iPhone 5s owners ..;) We'll have more information when the update hits.

      • Shock

        Glad to hear that, thanks a lot for the effort! 🙂

  • Rothgarr

    Also chiming in to say I wish the update worked on the original iPad Air. But I can totally understand if there's just no overhead on it compared to newer devices. Better to not have a feature, I guess, than have it run like crap...

  • F34R

    Can't wait guys! I've given a dozen friends the thumbs up to buy this, and I'll continue doing so. Best game on iOS, period.

  • donfuego

    Will there be any improvements for first generation iPad Air and Mini Retina?