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Retro Games Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 11th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: 8-BIT MEMORIES
A walk down nostalgia lane with this collection of 8-bit wonders.
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Barbarian - The Death Sword Coming To iOS February 2012

Posted by Greg Dawson on January 23rd, 2012

Known as Death Sword in the US, the 1987 Commodore 64 classic is coming to PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad as early as February 15, 2012. Also previously known as Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior, the new title will be Barbarian - The Death Sword and is developed by Microids and published by Anuman Interactive. Gameplay will be similar to the original one-on-one fighting style as well as will integrate cross-platform multiplayer. It's not clear as to if Mac warriors will be able to compete against PC warriors or if it will only be Mac versus iOS. I'm sure there would be a lot of happy fighters if one could fight against PC, Mac, iOS or Android. And it's very nice to see that it will still feature the ability to sever opponent's heads and celebrate the ensuing shower of blood. Of course, this time it will be in updated 3D graphics. And yes, there are still scantily clad women involved, if that's something anyone cares about.

Amiga Puzzle Game Squigs Comes To iOS

Posted by Jennifer Allen on November 11th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I've got quite a soft spot for the home computers of old. Systems like the Commodore 64 and Commodore Amiga offered some pretty cool games at the time and certainly paved the way to the games industry that we know and love now.

So, it's nice to see games from that era being converted to iOS, even more so when it's done by the original developer. That's exactly what's happened with Squigs, a puzzle game from 1993 that bears quite a resemblance to Columns and Tetris.

Essentially, it's a Match Three title in which players must match up the colorful Squigs in order to clear them and progress ever further. Multiple levels exist with the ability to unlock nine Squigs in all.

It's a gametype we've all seen before but as is often the way, it's entertaining stuff that's bound to be rather addictive.

Squigs is out now priced at $0.99.


iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Robert Corra on November 23rd, 2009
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: LIMITED APPEAL
C64 offers a trip down memory lane, but it's a bumpy ride. The initial list of games, along with some spotty controls, are a serious nostalgia killer.
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Commodore 64 Emulator from Manomio Approved (maybe)

Posted by Jeff Scott on August 19th, 2009

Manomio, developers of the fully licensed and super fantastic Commodore 64 emulator for the iPhone have made an announcement on their Twitter stream that they have been contacted by a senior director at Apple and have some good news coming. We can only guess that this means that they have gotten the go ahead from Apple and will be getting the C64 emulator approved!

This is exciting news and, quite honestly, somewhat unexpected. Emulation is one of the things that while explicitly against the rules for app store approval, has been approved in such cases as the classic Sega games recently released. But emulation apps by smaller developers have been rejected in the past. It's most likely the huge grass roots effort by Commodore 64 lovers that has gotten this effort moving, and we presume now, approved.

Until it's available, which will hopefully be soon, here's a short video that shows all of the fantastic work they have done to give you an idea of what's to come.

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It looks fantastic, I can't wait to grab it when it hits the app store. We'll let you know as soon as we see it in the app store or hear more.