updated 02:10 pm EST, Thu March 6, 2008
Spore, more for iPhone
Apple today during a meeting covering its iPhone software roadmap announced that games are coming to iPhone, and that the highly anticipated massive multiplayer online title 'Spore' is also coming to the mobile handset. The iPhone features built-in OpenGL/OpenAL support for graphics as well as sound, and game developers can access the handset's Accelerometer for motion-based controls. Travis Boatman -- vice president of worldwide studios for EA Mobile -- took the stage at Apple's town hall meeting to talk about iPhone owners controlling 'Spore' by moving the iPhone in space.
The first game demonstrated for iPhone, titled 'Touch Fighter,' is the brainchild of several companies invited by Apple to send software architects to work on a single project.
SEGA also took the stage, calling Apple's iPhone SDK "flexible and powerful." The game company announced a demo version of Super Monkey Ball for iPhone, using the handset's Accelerometer to move the monkey around the screen. SEGA also said Super Monkey Ball for iPhone is the full console game, not a trimmed-down cellphone version common in the mobile arena.