Free Demo of Epic Citadel Available for iPhone


Apple’s Special Event introduced a wicked demo of an amazing upcoming game: Epic Citadel. Created by the makers of Unreal Tournament,  the demonstration by the developers showed some of the most amazing graphics I’ve seen on a mobile device. It looks stunning on the Retina Display of the iPhone 4.

Here’s the iTunes description:

The Citadel Awaits You!

From the circus bazaar on the outskirts of the castle grounds to the mysterious cathedral at the center of town, Epic Citadel will dazzle you with a visual parade of special effects that recreates a stunning and realistic world only imagined by Epic Games, and powered by the critically acclaimed and award winning Unreal Engine 3.

Are you ready to explore the realm of the Epic Citadel and all the beautiful secrets it holds?

Epic Citadel was created using the same tools and technology used to develop high-end console games, now delivered for iOS devices!

Here are the technical features of the game from the Epic Citadel website:

  • Amazing visuals. “Epic Citadel” pushes the envelope for stunning visuals on iOS devices. Through the latest advances in Unreal Engine 3 technology, the application delivers unrivaled graphics and special effects that immerse players in the kingdom’s grounds.
  • Bump offset mapping. Also known as parallax mapping or relief mapping, bump offset mapping enhances the visual appearance of stone walls and rocks providing intricate textures.
  • Normal mapped architecture. Brings stunning detail to bricks and ground surfaces within the environment.
  • Texture blending with painted weight maps. Refines nuances on roads and terrain, making them rich and lifelike.
  • Global illumination. Unreal Engine 3’s built-in global illumination system, Unreal Lightmass, provides realistic lighting and shadows with minimal development resources.
  • Dynamic specular lighting with texture masks. Helps create authentic cobblestone roads and vivid reflective marble surfaces, while lens flares and light coronas add dramatic emphasis when panning across light sources.
  • Real-time reflections and animation. Environment mapping enables real-time reflections on objects such as the statue inside the cathedral. Dynamic movements of trees and banners are made possible through the use of vertex deformation and skeletal animation.

Here’s the clip from the Special Event Demonstration:

The free demo gives you an overview of the Epic Citadel and you can take a look at the incredible detail of the textures in the game.

Click here to download in iTunes!


  • Anonymous

    It apparently doesn’t work on my iPhone 3G. I thought they said it would.

  • Davin Dubeau

    nothing works on the 3g right now lol

  • Davin Dubeau

    nothing works on the 3g right now lol

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I see it only supports 3GS and 4G. I really need to upgrade to something else soon whether it’s a 4G or one of the new iPod Touches.

  • Wuju

    Can’t wait till it comes out for the holiday!

  • Szarky

    Graphics are amazing. Controls need a bit of work or maybe I just need to get used to them. What would be perfect I think is something along the lines of Eliminate:GunRange with the gyroscope.

  • It’s only 3GS and iPhone 4 unfortunately.

  • Bom

    It would be even more cool if they can partner up with Nintendo and put 3D glasses-less screen onto the next gen. iphone. XD

  • Anonymous

    It barely runs on my 3GS it keeps freezing

  • Sporadik Styles

    I’ve been blown away by this all week and will continue to use it to show off the power of the iPhone 4 and quality of the screen. As a huge fan of the unreal 3 engine (7 of my xbox 360 games use this engine) words can’t explain how surprised I was to see this get released. I can only imagine how crazy games will be using this engine for iPhone games. Once again the unreal 3 engine has done something to blow my mind, keep it up epic! 

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