Minotron: 2112 review (Universal)

April 5, 2011

“And if I go insane, and they lock me away,
Will you still let me join in the game?”

10 word description: Llamatron updated for iOS devices. Four modes, Game Center, Minotaurs.

A charging Minotaur in full flight vs some glowing white ... things

10 word review: Chaotic, beautiful, fun and challenging. Good controls; hyper-retro visuals.

Gorgeously replicated "Oi, you're going to ruin my TV screen!" graphic display.

You will like this if you enjoy: Robotron 2084, Llamatron, Minotaur Rescue, retro arcade games, unique visual gaming experiences.

Please form an orderly line ...

The good news: Surprisingly, it’s even more fun than Minotaur Rescue.

The bad news: You’re going to have to choose which of them to play at any one time.

It's not actually possible to describe what is happening here.

Arcadelife verdict: The controls take maybe a couple of goes before they feel just right, but then the game may take a large portion of your life before you truly master it. As far as a re-imagining of a copy of an original arcade game goes, this is a fabulous experience.  

Graphically, it’s truly impressive. The style is that of an old TV screen that has almost given up after hosting a 48 hour Atari 2600 session. The burned-in ghosting is so effective that I started worrying that my iPad screen was going to be permanently fried by this game. Not that this stopped me playing it, of course. And then there’s the variety of weird and outright bonkers enemy characters. Some you will recognise immediately, others lurk about on the periphery of your memory like the ghosts of videogames past. Still more are just plain strange.

Manic Miners are one of 8 billion different enemies. Probably.

Overall, it’s a great reminder of how videogames used to be, but also a wake-up call for the blindly nostalgic – because they were never really quite this good. 

Game Over - lovely.

Arcadelife rating: 89/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0

iTunes link

Minotaur Project website.

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.1)
iPad (OS 4.3.1)

One comment

  1. This game is superb. As is Minotaur Rescue. I love them both. The funny thing is I had a number of Jeff Minter’s games on the Commodore 64, and I never really got it. 30 or so years later, the whole psychedelic thing makes perfect sense (can’t imagine why!), and the gameplay is just superb.

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