The original Assassin’s Creed for the iPhone and iPod touch turned out to be quite a hit, so it’s no wonder Ubisoft wanted to try their hand at bringing Ezio back to our favorite mobile gaming platform, only this time in a different form and with a new story to tell in Assassin’s Creed 2 Discovery.

Assassin’s Creed 2 Discovery was developed by Ubisoft instead of Gameloft, and it is a direct port of the Nintendo DS version by the same name, except the controls and gameplay have been reworked a bit to utilize the iPhone’s full potential.

Assassin’s Creed 2 Discovery takes place after the events in the console version of the game. It follows the main character, Ezio, as he travels to Spain in order to free his fellow Assassins.

The game is a side-scroller with impressive 3D visuals. It features an on-screen slider in order to control Ezio’s movements from left to right. It also features on-screen buttons to jump, attack, and go into stealth mode. General gameplay consists of running and leaping over buildings, and stealthily sneaking up on foes in order to take them down. When you are dueling with an enemy, the new combat system allows you to unleash combos and counter attacks, adding needed depth to the gameplay. At the end of each level you will be graded on how fast and how efficiently you took down your enemies, and awarded points for your efforts. Those points can be used to unlock new goodies in the game.

Assassin’s Creed 2 Discovery features eight levels with hidden areas to discover, which is said to equal about 6-8 hours of total gameplay.  Check out our interview with Assassin’s Creed 2 Discovery producer Ben Mattes to learn a little more about the development of the game.  We also have a sneak preview available, but hold tight for an in-depth review, which should be coming in no time.

Assassin’s Creed 2 Discovery is available in the App Store immediately for $9.99.