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Orbital Defence

"World's first flick-based shoot-'em-up" submitted to Apple for approval, with hopes of IGF Mobile success.

Sydney, Australia – November 16, 2009 – membraine studios announces that it has submitted its new game, Orbital Defence for iPhone and iPod Touch, to Apple for publishing on the App Store, as well as for consideration in the Independent Games Festival (IGF) Mobile competition.

Orbital Defence is the world's first flick-shmup—an arcade-style, flick-based shoot-'em-up—for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The game is reminiscent of the great shoot-'em-ups of the past, such as Galaga, Missile Command and Space Invaders, but takes this time-honoured gameplay in a new direction.

What makes Orbital Defence unique is its flick-based control system, which makes the most of the iPhone's touch-oriented control surface—the result of which is a highly playable and great fun shoot 'em up that you can play in a cafe, on the train, on the bus, in the pub...anywhere you take your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Talking about the game's beta program, which concluded immediately prior to the game's submission to Apple, game designer Glenn McLeod said, "We opened our beta testing up to select members of the gaming community so we could gather feedback directly from our target audience as to how the game was shaping up. No one could tell us how close or how far off the sweet spot we were like the gamers out there in the wild could, and we made the most of the feedback we received.

"The best thing was hearing how much fun everyone had with the game. 'Cause, really, that's what it's all about."

membraine studios targeted a mid- to late-November release window in order to ensure Orbital Defence's entry into the 2010 IGF Mobile competition, and hopes the game will pass speedily through Apple's rigorous acceptance testing process in order to be available to iPhone and iPod Touch gamers before Christmas.

You will find the Oribtal Defence Facebook profile page at


Footage of the gameplay can be seen on the membraine studios website or YouTube channel:



About membraine studios

membraine studios is a small team that strives to play to the strengths of its target platforms (be they iPhone, Xbox, Wii or PC) in order to deliver great gameplay and elegant design.

The team prides itself on its ability to innovate, from putting a new spin on an old genre to creating new ones.

You can follow membraine studios on twitter (membraine_ftw) at http://twitter.com/membraine_ftw.

membraine studios is currently seeking to engage with media organisations and journalists interested in reviewing Orbital Defence.

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