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Best App Store retro games

01-05-2012, 06:12 PM
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Best App Store retro games

I'm looking for suggestions. I have tons of apps and to name everything, even just retro titles would take long so I'm just looking for others suggestions or their favorite retro titles.

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01-05-2012, 06:15 PM
#2
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Originally Posted by Drucifer View Post
I'm looking for suggestions. I have tons of apps and to name everything, even just retro titles would take long so I'm just looking for others suggestions or their favorite retro titles.
Retro "style" or actual titles??

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01-05-2012, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by iiBuckner View Post
Retro "style" or actual titles??
Either retro titles re-released or just new retro titles like Pix'n Love Rush for instance.

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01-05-2012, 06:33 PM
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01-05-2012, 06:37 PM
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Normally I would never quote myself, but I wrote a pretty long post in response to a similar question not long ago, and I really wouldn't want to write it all again.

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Nice recommendations from PSJ there. I'll second Space Invaders Infinity Gene, although it's much more a re-imagining than a remake, it's absolutely outstanding.

Anyway, there are so many that it's hard to mention, but a quick runthrough of my device shows (pardon any repeat suggestions):

Road Blaster
Cobra Command --both awesome ports of the original arcade laserdisk versions

The Quest --a great, huge, expansive (with many expansions) take on games like Daggerfall.

Monster RPG 2 --a well-done Final Fantasy type of RPG.

Dragon Fantasy --Similar to the above, but done with more humor and in more of a Dragon Warrior package.

Sword of Fargoal --an update to the classic PC adventure game.

Rogue Touch --it's Rogue for iPhone! Incredibly well-balanced roguelike game, one of the all-time greats.

Ascendancy --Port of the classic 4X game.

Pinball Dreams HD --update of the classic Amiga pinball game, one of the best video pinball games ever made.

Alien Space Retro --Sort of a take on Asteroids but with much more complex gameplay. Great AI.

Pew Pew 2 --Tough as nails take on Geometry Wars style dual stick shooters.

Isotope --similar to the above but with RPG elements.

Warblade --cool Galaga-type game.

Tyrian --another classic PC shmup with a ton of depth.

Battle Squadron 1 --somewhat like Tyrian, but more brutally difficult.

Vector Tanks Extreme! --AWESOME update of Battle Zone. This should be one of the most popular games on the app store.

Spectre --another excellent tank game that was popular on Macs years back.

Pac-Man Championship Edition --The best Pac-Man game ever (imo). It's on sale for $1 right now--buy it!

Archon --The classic game of "battle chess."

Some amazing "retro-inspired" games are made by Llamasoft. Honestly, everything they're released, (Minotaur Rescue, Minotron, GoatUp, Deflex) is just "must have" material for retro fans. My favorite is probably Minotaur Rescue, though, maybe just slightly over GoatUp.

Forget-Me-Not is similarly brilliant. It's definitely on my "best of" list for 2011.

Oh, Zach Gage's Bit Pilot is also basically a perfect game for retro enthusiasts. Probably has the best music of any app I own.

Buy everything from Rocketcat games! My favorite of the Hook Trilogy is the first, Hook Champ, but most seem to prefer Super Quickhook. Their Mage Gauntlet is one of the best RPGs for iOS as well, and feels very much like playing Secret of Mana...even, dare I say...better?? (Blasphemy!?)

The Incident --Another of my absolute favorites! A gem of a game!

There are tons of great platformers out there that are retro-inspired, but my favorites are Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Giana Sisters, Pizza Boy, Bean's Quest, Ghost Ninja: Zombie Beatdown, and surely you'll want to check out League of Evil and Mos Speedrun (although I prefer games with longer levels and less time-based goals. Actually of these types of games my favorite is the polarizing 1-Bit Ninja).

Some great puzzle platformers out there too, like Babylonian Twins, Cavorite, Hoggy, Qwak, Karoshi...some of those are updates of classics, even.

Of course Atari, Capcom, Sega, and Hudson (via Turbographx 16) have all release a lot of emulations, at varying degrees of quality. I am quite partial to the Turbographx emulator, although they didn't do a good job with controls for the vertical shooters in my opinion. Devil's Crush is amazing though, and plays well in the emulator, as do the Bonk games.

I realize that probably not all of these things are the sort of thing you're looking for, but...I felt like making a long post as I'm procrastinating.

Current obsessions: Bug Princess 2: Black Label, Neuroshima Hex, Pinball Arcade, Final Fantasy Tactics, MacGuffin's Curse, 1112, Dangerous, 100 Trials, Ascension, The Quest
Anticipating: Spirit Hunter Mineko, Rogue Touch EX, Fargoal 2, Cursed Realms
01-05-2012, 06:38 PM
#6
Here's my list. I'm sure you have most of them:

Mage Gauntlet
1-bit Ninja
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
The FF series (cost like a billion dollars tho)
Aemula Oldies S
Junk Jack
Sword and Sworcery (not retro, but makes me feel that way)
the Sonic games (several)
Battle Squadron One
Guardian Saga

That's what I have (ive deleted a few, but kept most). I know there are tons i'm forgetting.

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01-05-2012, 06:57 PM
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Retro or does 16 bit graphics count?
01-05-2012, 07:24 PM
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Nice suggestions. I'll definitely check out titles mentioned here that I do not yet own.

How about the Llamsoft games?

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01-05-2012, 07:46 PM
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Nice suggestions. I'll definitely check out titles mentioned here that I do not yet own.

How about the Llamsoft games?
Llamsoft? What titles?

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01-05-2012, 07:59 PM
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Llamsoft? What titles?
Goatup and such