Groove Coaster Zero is teaming up with Vocaloid 3's IA character. This means that Groove Coaster Zero will get a playable track that features the character, IA. Starting Friday, September 20th, fans can download the IA version of ASY's single "See The Lights," which will be available for free. Also, for those who rank in the top 1,000 by October 7th, they'll receive 10 visible items as a bonus.
Groove Coaster Zero will also get an IA Clubline Pack on September 20th that features Vocaloid's producer and his song "World Calling," along with 3 other IA-themed tracks, remixed by an electro dance musician. Groove Coaster Zero and Vocaloid fans should prepare to get their groove on!
GungHo Online and Taito have joined forces to bring us a special collaboration between Puzzle & Dragons and Groove Coaster Zero. Starting today, August 12th, players who open up Puzzle & Dragons are able to enjoy a Groove Coaster Zero-themed dungeon event that features monsters and aliens from the classic Space Invaders game. Also, those who play Groove Coaster Zero are able to enjoy the Puzzle & Dragons original soundtrack and a remixed version by Taito's sound team.
This special event only lasts until August 24th, so get to it!
The free-to-play rhythm game, Groove Coaster Zero, adds a new Global Hits Pack for you to jam along to during your wild roller coaster ride. The new music pack is available through in-app purchase for $4.99, featuring Lady Gaga (Poker Face, Bad Romance), LMFAO (Party Rock Anthem), and Gwen Stefani (What You Waiting For?).
So, as Gwen Stefani's song title mentions, what are you waiting for?
When I think of TAITO, I still think of playing Sky Shark on my old PC running DOS in the mid 80's. It's pretty amazing that the company that guided my airplane obsession as a youth is now pumping out great iPhone games in the 21st century. Ok, enough of my childhood memories, on to the game sale!
SPACE INVADERS INFINITY GENE - Now $2.99
SPACE INVADERS INFINITY GENE was on many app of the year shortlists last year, and is still a mainstay on my iPhone a year and a half later. Its insane mix of old school Space Invaders and new aged freneticism will make you think you are on the iOS equivalent of an Easy Rider drug sequence (and I think that is a good thing).
This winter sale is the first time that TAITO has dropped the price of SPACE INVADERS INFINITY GENE in the App Store. It's only going to be discounted for the first 100,000 downloads though, so be sure to pick up your cheap copy before the sale runs out.
Mikado Defenders - Now $0.99
Mikado Defenders is also on sale for the first time ever, and it is now a whopping 80% off. It's definitely not for everyone, but fans of tower/castle defense games that want a brutal challenge will get a good deal of enjoyment out of Mikado Defenders.
Bust-A-Move (Puzzle Bobble) - Now $2.99
Since the original arcade release of Bust-A-Move in 1994 (don't litter or do drugs!), millions of people have grown fond of the bubble popping puzzle game. It's one of those nostalgic puzzle games that is a requirement on a new system, and now it's on sale. If you like Bust-A-Move but have been holding out for a cheaper price, now is the time to snag it.
Cooking Mama - Now $3.99
Like SPACE INVADERS, Cooking Mama is only on sale for the first 50,000 apps that are downloaded, so don't wait and end up as customer #50,001.
The world changed significantly in 1978. The first computer bulletin board system was released, Apple III was under way and, most recognizably, TAITO's SPACE INVADERS made its way into arcade games rooms around the world. Some 32 years later, it's back. iPad style.
TAITO Corporation, the original manufacturer and distributor of the classic game, announced that Space Invaders HD (iPad edition) as been released. Here's what TAITO had to say:
While remaining a faithful recreation of the beloved arcade classic, the graphics and sounds in SPACE INVADERS HD have been specially optimized to take full advantage of iPad’s hardware. Not only are familiar tricks like the Nagoya Attack present and accounted for, the game also includes a treasury of bonus materials, such as rarely seen design documents from the original 1978 game’s development.
Graphics have been optimized exclusively for the iPad, making it "a more impressive gaming experience than the iPhone/iPod touch edition" - something we awarded proudly with 4.5 stars. You can see our review here.
The price for this nostalgic goodness? $4.99. Available to download now.
Space Invaders Infinity Gene really was one of the best games to come out on the iPhone in 2009. It was simple to play, didn't demand a ton of time all at once, and looked and felt beautiful, in a spooky, System Shock 2 sort of way. If you haven't played it yet, download it as soon as you can.
Just today, Taito released an update for the game that adds some really neat things, most notably the ability to play the game as a side scrolling shooter and the ability to purchase unique levels and new ships that are based on other arcade classics like Darius, Metal Black, and Night Striker.
Check out the newly updated promo video that Taito put out. If it doesn't make you want to re-download the game, I don't know what will.
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
With the current “retro” trend refusing to die down, especially on the App Store, one of the first and best videogames, Space Invaders, is making a return but not in the form you might expect.
Instead of simply porting the relentless, pixilated aliens to the iPhone platform, Taito has introduced a novel set of utilities (Gizmos) themed with Space Invaders graphics.
Available now on the App Store, iPhone users can take advantage of Space Invaders business card swapper, a calculator, battery meter, memory status tool, clock, flashlight and a timer. Each app offers a unique Space Invaders design and incorporates the 8-bit graphics of the classic game into buttons and displays.
Of all the apps available, Space Invaders Business Cards looks the best featured with the ability to create and customize personal business cards and share them between devices via Bluetooth.
All of the apps, bar the premium version of the calculator are free and provide a fun way to perform basic tasks on your iPhone while remembering simpler times back when a phone just made calls.