Epic Zen Garden (iPhone screenshot 001)

Demoed at WWDC back in June to show off the power of Apple’s new low-level graphics framework, Metal, Epic Games’ Zen Garden is now available to download on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 8 and powered by the Apple-deigned A7 or A8 processor.

Built on the recently-unveiled Unreal Engine 4, the first game engine with built-in support for the Metal API, Zen Garden classes as a technological showcase.

The latest iPhone 6, for example, renders the demo in a whopping 1,440-by-1,080 resolution at a smooth thirty frames per second.

Check it out in the below video.

For those who love to dig into technical details, the demo uses 4x MSAA and renders about 3,500 butterflies using roughly 4,000 draw calls, with falling petals at 5,000 particles (not draw calls).

Epic Zen Garden (iPhone screenshot 002)

Just tap to navigate the interactive oasis and interact with the pond life. And don’t forget to swipe back and forth across the entire Sakura tree to marvel at the thousands of cherry blossoms swirling in the air.

You can also graze the pond to summon leagues of fish, rake the sand with your finger to create subtle designs and touch the well to bring throngs of butterflies out of hiding.

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I said it before, but it’s worth repeating: the demo requires an A7 or A8-powered devices so unless you have an iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, Epic Zen Garden will simply crash upon launching.

The download comes in at 232 megabytes.

[App Store]

  • Sean Cua

    iPod Touch is powered by A5 though, so why can it play this?

    • Have no idea. It [unsurprisingly] crashes on startup on my iPad 3 though…

    • Maxim∑

      Because metal uses a special API that is designed to replace openGL, it was designed for A7+

      • Sean Cua

        That doesn’t answer my question. It says can and not can’t. And I’m replying to this “Epic Games’ Zen Garden is now available to download on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 8 and powered by the Apple-deigned A7 or A8 processor.”

      • Franklin Richards

        That’s just the editors error. The compatibility list on the App Store says this. “Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini with Retina display, and iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.” So it doesn’t work with iPod Touch at all.

  • Pallav Agarwal

    It worked on my iPhone 5!!!! Yay. Not as smooth as on my iPad air though

    • felixtaf

      Do you have any crash in your iPad Air? I updated my iPhone 5, but want to know about how the iOS 8 experience in iPad, before updating!

      • Pallav Agarwal

        Nope. Not at all.

  • Michael Duy

    Guys someone can help me to get some storage back? I Only have like 12.1 Gb of total storage after the iOS 8 update on my 5s… what can I do?

    • Go to Settings –> General –> Usage and see what’s eating up your space. If that doesn’t work then put your device into DFU mode and do a clean installation of iOS…

      • A clean install of iOS 8 is about 2GBs A 16GB device will only have about 12.2GBs free no matter what.

      • If this is the case then the other person should downgrade to iOS 7.1.2 will Apple is still signing it (assuming it takes up less space)…

      • Well the ipsw for 7.1.2 ranged from 1.3-1.5GB so the difference is somewhat low and you only will gain 500MB-1GB more space. Not sure whats taking the additional space yet but its an okay trade off for the additional features.

      • Michael Duy

        Well, thank you guys 🙂
        Maybe I’ll get a 64Gb iPhone 6s next year. I thought it was only me.

      • Thats a good choice I feel bad for the 8GB iPhone owners specifically the new 5c’s..

        Here are some interesting photos of a clean install for both iOS 8 and 7.1.2 on a 5c

  • Pallav Agarwal

    Swiftkey is quite amazing. does it take a few seconds for it to come up though for anyone else too?

    • Karthick

      For me it took few seconds to switch!!!

    • way to be off topic 😛

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Yes. I hope they update it to fix this ASAP.

    • JayDee917

      Off topic… But my SwiftKey keyboard shows up randomly, sometimes it the stock keyboard, sometimes it’s SwiftKey. Anyone else having the same issue?

      • Stijn

        passwords can only be entered using the stock keyboard for security

  • jaime boy

    2 gb for a demo??? LOL

  • Shame 670+ dumb people gave it 1* because their device wasn’t supported.

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      • Alrighty then…

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Yeah I forgot its only for those devices so it kept crashing on my iPad 4. lol Doh!

  • jack

    Doesnt work

  • LivingThings

    Working smooth on my iPhone 4, Thanks Apple.!! _!_