Android gets '80s arcade hit R-Type

R-Type for Android takes you way back to the '80s with its classic humans-versus-aliens storyline and retro shoot-'em-up style of game play.

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R-Type for Android takes you way back to the '80s with its classic humans-versus-aliens storyline and retro shoot-'em-up style of game play. Because the Android version is more or less unchanged from its arcade predecessor, it is sure to make you feel like a kid again (or a slightly younger adult, depending on how old you are now).

While there is a rich plot that drives R-Type, its details are relatively inconsequential. All you need to know is that you are piloting a futuristic starship, and your primary objective is to shoot lots and lots of aliens. With the help of your upgradable weapons, speed-ups, and Force pods, the task is sure be a blast, so to speak.

But a word of warning: if you've never played R-Type before, it is extremely difficult. With aliens sending barrages of blasts at you, sometimes it feels impossible to maneuver yourself out of harm's way. Luckily, the Android controls are surprisingly smooth, and let you steer your ship with precision. So that's at least one element working in your favor.

Overall, we are excited about this pitch-perfect reincarnation of one of our favorite old-school arcade hits. And $2.99 in the Android Market seems more than reasonable, considering the number of quarters we used to drop for R-Type back in the day.

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