Crescent Moon Games, who have created iDevice hits such as Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD and Rimelands: Hammer of Thor, have been busy at work with Gears, a Steampunk ball-rolling game that is scheduled to come out April 28 on the App Store.
Gears has been a bit of an unusual development for Crescent Moon, because the studio specializes in role playing games and usually games set in medieval-fantasy settings.
Gears looks quite fun, however, and a great breath of fresh air on the App Store. With titles like Sega’s Super Monkey Ball Series, and The two Dark Nebula games, this is a great genre on the App Store that could use more such hits.
The gameplay in these types of ball-rolling games works well on the iDevices because it is usually tilt-based — or with the use of the Accelerometer and Gyroscope.
You have a ball you want to roll by tilting your device in angles. You also try maneuvering the ball around obstacles and find the exit or end of the level to move on in the game. These types of games may seem repetitive but they are usually quite challenging, interactive and addicting (at least we think so). In addition to tilt controls, Gears will allow you to control the ball via swipes as well.
One of the things that makes Gears stand out, just by looking at its screenshots, is the amazing art style and presentation that the game will have. Here is some info from Crescent Moon’s website about what to expect in the game:
Gears is a physics-based 3D ball-roller set in a whimsical and fantastical universe of constantly moving gears.
Using your iPhone or iPod Touch’s accelerometer, navigate your way through four unique and exciting worlds filled with traps, breathtaking jumps and perilous journeys in a world that never stays still.
Jump from gear to gear and roll your way through a unique steampunk-inspired adventure all while collecting achievements and other special bonuses. Try to beat your best level times, or those from around the world with integrated Apple GameCenter support.
Gears redefines the ball-roller from a dull, 2D game of”avoid the holes” to one that’s dynamic and filled with challenges that will keep you coming back time and time again. Once you’ve played Gears, you’ll never look at ball-rollers the same way.
Unique 3D ball-roller that immerses you into the world of Gears. This is like no other ball-roller you’ve ever seen!
4 uniquely styled worlds filled with over 25 challenging levels
A whimsical, fantasy-steampunk inspired design.
Retina display graphics
Apple GameCenter integration with achievements and time-based scoring.