R-Type review (iOS / Universal)

July 18, 2013
All these images were taken from version 2.0 on either my 4th gen Touch or 4th gen iPad

All these images were taken from version 2.0 on either my 4th gen Touch or 4th gen iPad

10 word description: R-Type, classic arcade shooter, returns as a universal app.

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10 word review: One of my favourite games returns, with some minor issues.

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You will like this if you enjoy: R-Type.

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The good news: At last, it’s back on the app store. The control buttons can be positioned wherever you want them.

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The bad news: The local (device) high score still resets to the factory default after every game. I really don’t like that. The game now has a requirement for a device with a front camera, purely to prevent it being run on older devices, such as the iPad 1st gen and 3rd gen Touch, which the original version had no problem running on. Runs slightly too fast on iPad 4; turning video filtering off helps, bringing it back to a speed that doesn’t feel wrong.

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Arcadelife verdict: It’s not a massive improvement over the version that was pulled some time back, although it’s worth getting (at least it was for me) for the universal update and configurable controls. I wish they would sort out the local high score, so that I can see – while I am playing – my best score so far. It’s not much to ask is it?

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Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 8/10
Visuals – 7/10
Controls – 9.5/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 8/10


Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 2.0
iTunes link
Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 6.1.3)
4th gen iPad (iOS 6.1.3)

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