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FishLabs releases Galaxy on Fire 2 HD for iPhone 4S and iPad 2

FishLabs has released Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, a high-performance version of its popular space adventure game exclusively for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Taking full advantage of the A5 chip, Galaxy on Fire 2 HD provides 3D models rendered with four times as many polygons and textures at a four times higher resolution than the original Galaxy on Fire 2, running smoothly at up to 40 frames per second. New Open GL 2.0 shaders and additional texture sets and specular maps provide extremely detailed surfaces for each of the 30 space ships and space stations in the game with console-quality graphics and enhanced special effects.

As with the standard version of Galaxy on Fire 2, the HD version takes the player on a journey through a vast universe of more than 20 star systems, 100 different space stations and 30 configurable space ships while following the immersive storyline of Keith T. Maxwell, thrust 35 years into the future and halfway across the galaxy by a malfunctioning hyperdrive. Maxwell must quickly adapt to his new environment while being drawn into the middle of an intergalactic struggle between the four major races and helping defend against a new alien threat. Galaxy on Fire 2 HD also provides support for transferring saved games between iOS devices and Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD for Mac OS X via iCloud, including support for the upcoming Valkyrie HD add-on scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2012. Game transferability between the regular version of Galaxy on Fire 2 and the new HD version will also be coming with the release of Valkyrie HD. Galaxy on Fire 2 HD is a universal app requiring an iPhone 4S or iPad 2 and is available from the App Store for $10.

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But ive already paid 7 quid for this, surely i dont have to pay full price to get updated graphics, why not half price for those that bought the game before, failing that, I will just stick to the non glitzy version…. And use this knowledge to wait six months everytime fishlabs releases a game, so that i dont end up having to pay twice for every title when it gets an hd update!

Posted by YbOt in Toronto on October 23, 2011 at 7:04 AM (CDT)


I’ll take what #1 said even further. This should be a feee update to the previous version. Charging any amount of money for what is little more than a few minor tweaks is greed bordering on theft.

Posted by Farsnworth in Toronto on October 23, 2011 at 10:49 PM (CDT)


Amen to both previous posters. I own GoF2, and really don’t see a compelling reason to “upgrade” the game I already own which runs perfectly well on my iPhone 4S as well as my first-gen iPad. No thanks.

Posted by Daniel S. in Toronto on October 23, 2011 at 11:34 PM (CDT)


... in fact, Firemint did the same for Real Racing 2 - chiefly, iOS 5 support (e.g. display mirroring) and iPad 2-optimized graphics - except they offered it as a FREE UPDATE to the previous version. So FishLabs has *no* excuse to charge for their similar evolution of GoF2.

Posted by Farsnworth in Toronto on October 24, 2011 at 2:02 PM (CDT)


Hey guys,

I’m sorry you feel like this but for a rather small developer like
Fishlabs, it is simply not possible to give away a big title like Galaxy on
Fire 2 HD for free. All in all, we’ve invested 5 man-years of work and
effort into the making of the game and we just cannot afford to write that
money off. When the original GOF2 was released two years ago, no one knew
that an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S would ever be released. The app is still
playable on these devices, of course, but it’s never been intended for them.
Furthermore, the technological and graphical capacities of smartphones and
tablets have vastly improved in the last two years, so we’ve decided to
optimize and overhaul our most popular title from scratch to make it run on
current generation Apple devices with state-of-the-art visuals and top-notch

However, if you don’t think that the iPad 2/iPhone 4S optimization and
complete re-working of the 3D models, textures, effects and backgrounds is
worse another $9.99, you can still play the original GOF2 (which looks
really nice as well) and won’t have to miss out on any ships, missions,
story lines or other stuff like that. And as a little thank-you for our
longtime fans, we will at least give away Valkyrie HD to all those of you,
who already own the SD version of the add-on, as soon as it’s released.

As for the comparision with Real Racing 2, I’m sorry to say so, but your
statement is simply not true, Farnsworth. Sure, Firemint did release a free
graphic update for Real Racing 2 HD, but in order to use that update, you
first had to buy the optimized HD version of Real Racing 2 for $9.99. In
this particular case, the graphically enhanced HD version of the game has
been a separate app, that had to be purchased individually, right from the
start. And unlike GOF2 and GOF2 HD, you even had to pay a higher price for
RR2HD than you had to pay for the regular RR2.

If you google for it, you’ll even find posts by Firemint’s community
manager, in which she clearly states that the normal version of RR2 is also
playable on iPad 2. However, if you want to experience the enhanced graphics
and full optimization, you’ll have to buy the (more expensive) HD version as

To cut a long story short, I totally respect and understand opinions such
as Daniel’s, who said that the graphic overhaul is not worth a second
purchase of the game. In the end, everybody has to decide for himself how he
sets his priorities. There are a lot of people who are glad to be able to
play the game with absolutely stunning state-of-the-art graphics now and
there are also a lot of people who rather save their money and stick to the
original version instead. Both is fine to me. What I don’t get, however, is
how people could call us thieves or rip-offs for no other reason than
charging a little money for a product that we’ve put a helluva lot of blood,
sweat and tears into and which we simply cannot afford to give away for
free. If you don’t think the game is worth its money, simply pass it by.
But, at least in my opinion, there’s really no need for personal insults and
false accusations…

Anyway, hope you guys understand our situation in this delicate matter at
least to some extend & still have fun setting the galaxy on fire, no matter
whether it’s in SD or HD. :)

All the best,

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Toronto on October 25, 2011 at 12:37 PM (CDT)


when will ther a GOF3? im soo bored on my ipod now i want another great game or more addons PLEASE!!! FFS I AM AT THE HOSPITAL AT NIGHT PULLING MY HAIR OUT I NEED MY NEW GOF FIX!

Posted by Usncorpsman in Toronto on November 30, 2011 at 11:56 PM (CST)


Are there any add ons for this HD version

Posted by GANTER in Toronto on December 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM (CST)


hi all, how do i empty my cargo hold when its full, i understand i can sell things in the space lounge but it wont leave the space station because my cargo hold is full.  HELP !

Posted by PHIL in Toronto on January 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM (CST)


Amen to the first three posters and shame on Fishlabs.  As a happy customer of GOF, then GOF2, I also feel slighted.  I bought GOF2 for my iPad 2 and truly enjoyed it.  Awesome game.  but… Early adopters have been basically punished for buying the game early.  We either play the now substandard version that we purchased, or shell out more hard earned dollars for the exact same game on the exact same platform (only it looks better…)

This is a perfect way to upset your otherwise very happy fan base.  You’ve forgotten about the customer and the customer’s satisfaction, and have taken the short-term “easy-way” out.

OK Fishlabs… You are not thieves, but your HD version is indeed a rip-off.  Whoever is in charge of your company should have the common sense to anticipate that existing GOF2 customers will be put off by your “easy-out” tactic of investing 5 man-years into redrawing your graphics.  A strong leader would have seen the “Big Win” and made the right choice….  That is, to take your high definition graphics and your 5 man-years, and build a new story with it!  GOF2 customers (already happy because of the genius of GOF2) would happily lay down their $10 for a newer, better GOF3 game—while new customers, after enjoying GOF3 might go back and purchase GOF2 afterwards to stay in the story. 

I stead, your 5 man-years of work just upset a lot of us.  once loyal customers are now calling you “greedy” and a “ripoff”.  You do the math.

Fishlabs needs better leadership, because strategic decisions like this are negligent.

Just one more thing… 

“When the original GOF2 was released two years ago, no one knew that an iPad 2 or iPhone 4s would ever be released”. -  Say what?  Really?  Your business model couldn’t have possibly predicted that? 

if you can’t answer a question honestly, like “we made a poor strategic decision”, your excuses should be better than “how could we have anticipated a better iPhone?”

here’s an ultra-secret tip that might give you the competitive edge over other software developers….  this year, Apple will release a better iPhone, and next spring, the will also release a better iPad.  (But don’t tell anyone…)

Posted by Stevesak in Toronto on March 21, 2012 at 6:48 PM (CDT)

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