Crescent Moon Games are currently enjoying App Store success following its release of Gears, a physics-based ball roller that has rocketed to the top of the App Store’s paid charts, and featured as one of our must-have games last week. The team is already working on its next iOS release which looks like it could be just as successful – a dual-stick shooter called Deadlock which boasts co-operative and competitive online multiplayer with support for up to 8 people.
Deadlock will initially offer 5 levels and 3 game types, including deathmatch, team deathmatch, and capture & hold. It uses Game Centre integration to connect players to online games, and features a 30-level ranking system that allows players to progress as they play.
There are 30 weapons to choose from, including assault rifles, sub-machine guns, pistols, and grenades; and a load-out system that allows users to upgrade their weapons with a range of attachments to provide things like improved aiming and additional damage – all of which are unlocked as you progress.
Jared Nelson of Touch Arcade has had the privilege of playing Deadlock already:
I’ve been playing a preview build of Deadlock for the past several weeks and have to say I’m really impressed so far. The Game Center connection used for matches is solid even in this early state, and the core dual-stick gameplay is perfectly suited for competitive matches.
Other dual-stick shooters – such as Minigore and Age of Zombies – have proven to be hugely successful in the App Store, but we’re yet to see a title that’s dedicated to online multiplayer.
Crescent Moon Games are aiming for an early June release for Deadlock, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. We’ll have a review shortly after it hits the App Store.