You may be familiar with Ensomniac Studios by their iOS game Glint (Free), which was just released to the App Store last week. The one-man studio is here at GDC showing off a new iOS gaming project, tentatively titled Quest. It’s a side-scrolling runner heavily inspired by Temple Run, which is the first game that got Ensomniac’s Ryan Martin interested in mobile gaming in the first place. Check out the hands-on demo.
While runners are a bit of a tough sell on the App Store simply because it’s a genre that’s been done to death, Quest was actually really fun once the game ramped up in speed and complexity. Also, the enemy swiping mechanic feels like a nice addition to the formula. Quest, which may end up with a different name when all is said and done, is schedule for release later this year, so keep an eye out for it.