When I was little, I watched my friends brother playing R-Type on their Amiga. I swiftly asked for it for my Sega Master System, not expecting anything approaching the home ‘computer’ version.
This was a good move, as it was a much better version (even though it was lacking the Chris Huelsbeck soundtrack)… I still remember blasting off to fight the evil Bydo Empire to this day, incessant sprite flicker included!
Regardless, DotEmu recently brought the game, in all it’s force-y glory, to iOS devices. Now the French purveyor of much retro-gaming are following suit for the Android users out there.
The game will arrive on both Google Marketplace and Amazon’s App Store on September 12th, barring any last minute hiccups. It’s price is currently tbc.
Here’s a ‘tube of the iOS version, another of why R-Type as a series kicks so much ass and (if you’re not blown away by the awesomeness of the videos) you can read the press release…
Top 80’s Shoot’em’up R-TypeTM soon on Android devices
Available on September 12th 2011
Paris, France – August 25th 2011 – DotEmu, developer and publisher specialized in bringing retro games back to life, is proud to announce the imminent release of the emblematic R-Type™ for Android devices.
Initially developed and published by Irem in 1987, R-Type™ has become an essential game on arcade cabinet, Amiga, Atari, Amstrad, Commodore 64 and PC. Today this masterpiece is ported for Android devices by DotEmu. The publishing will be handled by DotEmu in Europe/USA and by Worker Bee Inc in Japan.
Pilot the R-9a Arrowhead, the last hope of human race in its war against alien invader Bydo!
R-Type™ for Android is a real diving in your youth and will include all the feature of the original:
A large amount of items and powers-up to collect through various and sharpened sets.
Strong enemies and bosses at the end of each level (8 altogether).
The famous « charge shot » for more power!
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R-Type™ for Android will come along two difficulty modes and a new intuitive control system – full touch mode – to directly control your spaceship. Get your hand on a real blast from the past and (re)discover all the hype from the 80’s!
R-Type™ will be available on September 12th 2011 for Android Market and Amazon AppStore for Android. Stay tuned with all last R-Type™ Android news on: