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‘Internal Force’ Demonstrates Alternative Shooter Controls

Japanese developer Izumi Studio recent posted a gameplay video demonstrating an upcoming game for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Internal Force. We haven’t yet seen the game appear in the App Store, but are eager to give it a try.

The gameplay video shows an interesting control method for an otherwise traditional vertical scrolling shooter. The game is played in landscape mode but only uses a portion of the screen for the play area. Meanwhile, a blank touch-area to the left provides precise ship control movements.

As you can see in the video, the developer is able to control the ship accurately with this method:

Some may find this design as offensive as Square Enix’s use of a large virtual control pad in Crystal Defenders, but it could prove to be a functional compromise for the right game.