Posts Tagged retro

Lode Runner Classic Review

Lode Runner Classic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Lode Runner Classic is an iOS version of the original game in the Lode Runner series, but its transition is a rough one.

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Vectrex Regeneration Review

Vectrex Regeneration Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Offering a bundle of Vectrex games in one attractive and easy to access package. It's fun but its age does show, of course.

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The Backstory
Both Zeboyd and Penny Arcade have had a hand in their fair share of RPGs over the past few years, but it wasn’t until recently that the two found each other and created some incredibly sweet (and utterly surreal) music together. This third entry in the Rain-Slick Precipice series marks both the Penny Arcade RPG’s first foray into “retro” territory as well as Zeboyd’s best refinement of their quirky RPG system to date. Ancient sea gods and mimes are just the beginning.

The Gameplay
One of the biggest differences between a Zeboyd RPG and a more typical example is the treatment of the combat. Health, magic, and items all reset after every fight, eliminating the need to constantly micromanage party resources. To compensate for this enemies gain strength with each passing turn, lending a sense of urgency and increased strategy to every combat scenario. What makes Rain-Slick 3 so much fun (aside from the rampant Penny Arcade humor) is the emphasis on multi-classing. Finding the right combination of character abilities can lead to some incredibly satisfying victories, and the way everything resets after every battle makes experimentation far less grueling.

How does it Compare?
The original Rain-Slick 3 made its debut on both Steam and Xbox Live Indie Games, and felt right at home on both platforms. It’s wonderfully retro while at the same time incredibly modern and accessible. And all of that “magic” has been retained in the iOS version. All the humor, the unique mechanics, the splendid visuals, and so on have made the transition almost seamlessly. The only real difference between the mobile version and its console/PC brethren – aside from the smaller screen and blessed portability – is the interface, which has been adjusted for touch controls. And save the rather garish virtual stick, it’s very near flawless.

One of the things I love most about Rain-Slick 3 on iOS is that it’s not an “inferior” version like some ports tend to be. All the bonus content (alternate appearance packs, Lair of the Seamstress DLC, etc) is included, and it’s received just as much post-release support as the other platforms. The fact that it’s a fantastic game even without prior knowledge of any inside jokes or experience with the previous two titles makes it all the more noteworthy.

*NOTE: “Console-quality” refers to the quality of the experience, not just the graphics. This is about the depth of gameplay, content, and in some cases how accurately it portrays the ideals of its console counterpart.*


$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-10-24 :: Category: Games

Boulder Dash-XL Review

Boulder Dash-XL Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A classic arcade boulder-pusher gets revitalized. Then that revitalization gets ported to iOS devices. And fans of the original are better off for it.

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Impossible Pixel Review

Impossible Pixel Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Impossible Pixel looks stylish, but suffers from its controls and a physics choice that only adds difficulty.

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Cool Pizza Review

Cool Pizza Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Cool Pizza is old school in appearance and difficulty level. This is both good and bad news, depending on the player's patience levels.

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Super Ninja Therapy Review

Super Ninja Therapy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
In Super Ninja Therapy, players sort through ninja mental health issues the only way that ninjas can: beating people up.

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Heads Up! Hot Dogs Review

Heads Up! Hot Dogs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
What better place for a tasty ballpark frank than…your head? Fans of frantic arcade madness, this one’s a wiener.

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NeoMech Review

NeoMech Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This sidescrolling shooter delivers plenty of over the top retro action.

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Nom Nation Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This retro puzzle-platformer is absolutely delicious.

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Retro Athletics Review

Retro Athletics Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Furious button mashing fun for fans of such retro gameplay, but not one to play in public.

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Bitless Review

Bitless Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Should gameplay always come before graphics? Bitless, a hardcore, hyper-addictive platformer, certainly makes a good case for it.

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Alien Breed Review

Alien Breed Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This survival horror, top-down shooter may have been the best of its breed back in the day, but does it keep up with today's spawn?

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Disney has released a tool to help make pixel art and animation easy. Pixel’d lets users make artwork that shows its pixelation and is proud of it! Users have a default 150×150 canvas to work with, though this can be shrunk to 4×4 or enlarged up to 1024×768. Users can freehand draw, generate lines or shapes, and use color fill to help make their creations. Artists looking for more advanced editing can use 3 modifiable layers to help them in their process.

Canvas backgrounds can be added and interacted with, featuring artwork from various Disney properties. A selection comes with the app for free, and others are available through in-app purchases. It’s possible to create more than just single-frame artwork, as animations up to 20 frames long can be created. Single frame artwork can be exported as PNG or GIF with animations exportable as either animated GIFs or MP4 video files. These can then be exported to the Camera Roll or shared to social networks directly from the app. Finally, it’s possible to team up with a friend using the Buddy Draw feature to collaborate on artwork via wifi.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-26 :: Category: Entertainment

Spy vs Spy Review

Spy vs Spy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This classic game of espionage and sabotage is sure to please fans and newcomers alike. It's the same old game, but with updated visuals and gameplay elements to keep it fresh!

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BLiP Review

BLiP Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A retro platformer with a retro level of challenge.

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Shuttle Scuttle Review

Shuttle Scuttle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Shuttle Scuttle is an NES-inspired shoot 'em up that has players trying to rescue astronauts and kill alien invaders.

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Cthulhu Saves The World Review

Cthulhu Saves The World Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cthulhu Saves The World is an RPG inspired by the 16-bit era that has players taking Cthulhu on an adventure to become a true hero so that he can destroy the world.

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Rad Skater Apocalypse Review

Rad Skater Apocalypse Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This retro-loving zombie apocalypse is high on style but regrettably low on fun.

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Call of Snakes Review

Call of Snakes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A classic game with an action twist.

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Head Over Heels Review

Head Over Heels Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A fine conversion of a classic game from the ZX Spectrum era.

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Luxor Evolved HD Review

Luxor Evolved HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Luxor Evolved is a match-3 game that combines colorful vector graphics with retro shooter elements.

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100 Greatest Hits Review

100 Greatest Hits Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A huge bundle of retro gaming delights at a very respectable price.

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Scorched Monster Review

Scorched Monster Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Guide this adventurer and his trusty flamethrower through lots of different environments, reducing monsters to ashes.

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Spaceward Ho! for iPad Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Rediscover the classic Mac-gaming goodness that is Spaceward Ho!

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Retro-looking games are always a fun distraction from the high-end graphics and expensive production of games from big developers. Captain Nova is one of those old school-style games.

Captain Nova has crashed on a strange planet and lost pieces of his ship all over the planet’s surface (this reminds me a bit of an old Sega Genesis game, Toe Jam and Earl). Of course, the planet is filled with all kinds of evil creatures that want to prevent the captain from retrieving his lost spaceship pieces.

The game includes 30 challenging levels and an original soundtrack to accompany the game. The game looks like it’s setup in the standard, 2D platformer style with a D-pad for movement and a single button (the “A” button in this case) for actions. The captain collects gears on the various levels and looks to pick up power-ups like a cups of coffee. Apparently Captain Nova likes his caffeine.

The game is going for $0.99.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-05 :: Category: Games

Retro Games Review

Retro Games Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A walk down nostalgia lane with this collection of 8-bit wonders.

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Elite Systems is releasing a new compilation for iOS. World of Retro Computer Games aims to bring a total of 100 8-bit computer games over the coming months to iOS devices. The app launches with 10 games. The first, available for free in both the paid and free versions, is Bruce Lee, an action-platformer starring the martial arts legend, developed by Datasoft. As well, there are 9 more games available at launch in three packs:

  • Pack 1: Archon, Tales of the Unknown, Infiltrator
  • Pack 2: Black Magic, Alternate Reality: The City, Alternate Reality: The Dungeon
  • Pack 3: Emlyn Hughes International Soccer, Monty on the Run, Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior aka Death Sword
  • The games aren’t just quick and dirty ports, as there are a variety of control schemes available, including ones that have been designed to be optimized for the touch screens of iOS devices.

    The app comes in two flavors, available in separate iPhone and iPad versions: a paid version for $0.99 that includes Bruce Lee and the three packs above, and a free version that only includes Bruce Lee. The plan is for future games to release in three game packs for $0.99, with an option to buy all the games at a discounted rate as they release.

    $2.99
    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Released: 2012-04-06 :: Category: Games

    $4.99
    iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
    Released: 2012-04-06 :: Category: Games

    FREE!
    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Released: 2012-04-06 :: Category: Games

    FREE!
    iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
    Released: 2012-04-06 :: Category: Games

    Lightspeed Bit Bit Review

    Lightspeed Bit Bit Review

    iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
    Retro-stylized arcade game in the Bit.Trip vein but not quite up to the Bit.Trip standard

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    Cavorite 2 Review

    Cavorite 2 Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    When the core elements are pretty freakin' great, it's hard not to enjoy getting more of the same. With a few minor additions, of course.

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