What's New

Added.improved the touch buttons as an option to control. Touch left or right arrow moves controller left or right once. Let go to press again.
Moved these lower down from joystick as it was conflicting with cursor buttons.
Added optimization for iPhone6 and iPhone6+.

App Description

Astro Wars reviewed in the latest edition of Retro Gamer magazine:
"Fans of the old tabletop game from Grandstand will be highly impressed with this accurate IOS port. It looks superb, sounds annoyingly authentic and features every stage and the ship docking from the original game." 72%
-Retro Gamer

After the success of our Galaxy Invader and Invader from Space games, BeatsNBobs are proud to release our most eagerly anticipated and requested video game emulation, Astro Wars. Also known as Galaxy II
*Screenshots show actual app in action and original artwork based on the original packaging. See how close to the real thing it is!

Travel back to the 80's and this was THE video game to have in the home. It was one of the most advanced video games of the time with four sub games, coloured fluorescent display and a joystick only seen in the arcades. You could finally have your very own arcade machine in your home. These types of machines were made by companies such as Grandstand, Tomy, Entex, CGL, Tandy, Bandai and Epoch to name but a few.
Also known as "Galaxy II" by Epoch

• Accurate simulation of the classic handheld /desktop machine
• Full retro sounds
• 4 waves of attack
• Simple and addictive
• Totally nostalgic

Some reviews so far:

Great retro fun *****
by romfordneil - Version 1.0 - Sep 7, 2013

Super gameplay just like the original machine for those of us of a certain age!

A blast from the past *****
by Bagpuss1000 - Version 1.0 - Sep 3, 2013

A perfect emulation...... A must for retro fans.

Brilliant old skool action *****
by psj3809 - Version 1.0 - Sep 2, 2013

I remember this from the early 80s. It was one if the best tabletop games out there This is a brilliant version for iOS and the memories come flooding back. Well worth picking up

Turn Power ON (menu will disappear and intro music will play).
Select Level (Graphics will resemble difficulty level).
Press Start (Gameplay will begin after intro music).
Fire at all enemies while dodging enemy fire on all phases of attack.
If you survive three attack waves,you get the chance for more points if you can dock your rocket-ship.
Press fire, left and right for thrusts to land rocket ship.
Game is complete when you reach 9999 points or you lose all your lives.
To restart, turn off and on Power.
If using with iCade or compatible controller, press the iCade button on top left and you can now use joystick and red fire(5) button.
NOTE: pressing this without connection to a compatible Bluetooth controller will bring up the keyboard. If this happens just press the button again to turn it off.

We have painstakingly analysed every detail of this game and we have managed to achieve 99% of the original. We had to modify the controls as it simply does not work as well on an iPhone or iPad so you now have extra large arrow keys but we have left the joystick in for the purists out there (which you can try to use but we recommend the larger arrow keys). All the sound effects are here. All four phases including the docking sequence. We compared this to two real machines as these also vary with slight details and we are very pleased with the results. We hope you will be too. If you find anything that does not feel quite right let us know from the app. Enjoy this blast from the past and if you like this why not look at our others.

More information about this classic game on Wikipedia:

iPhone Screenshots

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Astro Wars screenshot 1 Astro Wars screenshot 2 Astro Wars screenshot 3

iPad Screenshots

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Astro Wars screenshot 4 Astro Wars screenshot 5 Astro Wars screenshot 6

App Changes

  • September 02, 2013 Initial release
  • October 26, 2013 New version 1.1
  • November 14, 2013 New version 1.2
  • May 21, 2014 Price decrease: $1.99 -> $0.99
  • May 26, 2014 Price increase: $0.99 -> $1.99
  • June 04, 2014 Price decrease: $1.99 -> $0.99
  • June 07, 2014 Price increase: $0.99 -> $1.99
  • July 14, 2014 Price decrease: $1.99 -> $0.99
  • August 15, 2014 Price increase: $0.99 -> $1.99
  • November 03, 2014 New version 1.3
  • November 03, 2014 Price decrease: $1.99 -> $0.99
  • November 22, 2014 Price increase: $0.99 -> $1.99
  • December 01, 2014 Price decrease: $1.99 -> $0.99
  • January 27, 2015 New version 1.4
  • April 15, 2015 Price increase: $0.99 -> $1.99