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by DotEmu
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B005NA3B8U
  • Release Date: September 15, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,154 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Play the classic 80's arcade game R-Type on your Android device
  • Shoot your way through eight levels in this classic space combat game
  • Power yourself up and defeat the Bydo Empire

Product Description

Let's go back in the 80's with this classic old-school shoot'em up! One of the biggest arcade game will make you travel back in the day. Be ready to have fun with this old-school side-shooter game!

The game is the challenging R-Type you used to play before. And we kept all its specifics, just the way you remember it! Fly through 8 levels with 3 different control options. Play in two difficulty levels. Upgrade with new weapons, power-ups, and attachments. Defeat 8 unique bosses and waves of various enemies.

Blast off and strike the evil Bydo Empire! Don't be shy and use your best shot to take them down! It's retro, it's fun and it's also hard to master. Be the best ever to finish this masterpiece!

(C)2011 ported on Android by DotEmu SAS.

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Technical Details

  • Size: 19.5MB
  • Version: 2.0.5
  • Developed By: DotEmu
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • Discover and pair bluetooth devices
    • Access information about networks
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3.3
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 3 minutes

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks good, sounds good, controls... ehhhh... November 21, 2011
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R-Type looks very good and sounds quite similar to the arcade original. Sadly, the control scheme rather spoils the experience for me. You have the option of a "touch" implementation (where the ship is positioned by swiping the screen with your finger) or an "arcade" option where you use a D-pad style control in the lower left corner. In either case, the fire/force buttons are available on the right side of the screen.

The problem with either implementation is that R-type is well known for its high degree of difficulty (the game's enemies are not at all shy about trying to shoot you from behind) and obscuring a large portion of the screen with your thumbs makes an already "hard" game really, *really* tough. The fire buttons on the right are less of an issue since you tend to hang out farther on the left side of the screen to give yourself more time to react and shoot as the level scrolls by, but the D-pad on the left seems perpetually 'in the way' as I play. (I'm playing on an HTC Sensation 4G with a 4.3" display with pretty high resolution.)

Rather than stretching the screen to fill the wider ~16:9 ratio display on modern phones, I would have preferred to keep the game in the original 4:3 aspect ratio and center it on the display (leaving black bars on the left and rigt) thus allowing the D-pad and buttons to be as far *off* the 'game' screen area as possible. As it stands, I'd say 90% of my ships are lost either *in* the bottom left corner of the screen or due to something coming *from* that corner that simply would not have been an issue had the screen not been covered by my thumb.

All in all, it's an OK effort given what we have to work with on smart phones as far as inputs go, but I don't think I'll be playing it much. Since it was on sale for just a buck though, I can't really complain too much.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May the FORCE (modules) Be With You September 27, 2011
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R-Type is about shooting and maneuvering perfection. The game is hard until you master the immediate challenge. Then you move to the next one and it gets harder and the next victory tastes so much sweeter.

Back in the 20th Century R-Type was one of the most popular arcade shooters and the Android port stays faithful to the original for the story line - fight the evil Bydo - the frantic pace and the (at least for me) extreme difficulty. The graphics on the XOOM are a little fuzzy but the game makes it up in spades with instant response to touch controls and the ability to display dozens of independently moving objects while only occasionally missing a frame or 2. So, here's my detailed review.


This Android version should be 'instant recall' to anyone who played the game in an arcade or maybe on a Commodore 64 or TurboGrafx 16 back in the late 80's-early 90's. All the original eight levels are there, the ship, the weapons and the enemies very much like what I remember fighting way back then and the difficulty is maybe higher because the game seems to be moving at a slighter faster pace than I remember.

So, to answer the 'fun' question: yes, it's 'fun' to play R-Type for as long as you accept that it's practically impossible to beat the game and you don't mind fighting the same fights over and over again until you achieve 'perfection' and move to defeat the next challenge.


Open Feint is optional and it doesn't add a lot this R-Type but if you don't want to feel completely on your own or have friends playing the game it can add to the fun factor.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Retro 80's Action with Modern Code Junk September 12, 2014
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A decent, faithful Android rendition although nothing is going to really capture the feeling of slamming an arcade joystick back and forth in frantic maneuvers. It does support bluetooth controllers, but I find the framerate suddenly becoming jerky using my bluetooth mouse. Still, you Moga owners may have a different experience. Personally, play was far smoother using the touch screen. In fact, there are screen setup options: free movement touch and a D-pad, as well as controlling the locations/size/opacity of the buttons (all located under the gameplay pause button's [Controls] submenu). Gameplay is classic, and I have to say I appreciate the [Unlimited] mode... I was never able to get through the 7th level back in the 80s, and now I can through sheer attrition. lol

Just one issue... bearing in mind that this game has been out since 2011, and one may hope that developers are becoming increasingly educated about certain permissions and their outright gratuitous presence not being welcomed anymore. Yes, we are talking about FIND ACCOUNTS ON DEVICE. The game itself is advertising free, nor did I have any popups, but code wise, it does have full SDK integration of Facebook, Amazon's GameCircle and another cross-platform micro-social network along with Flurry Analytics, which paired with Find Accounts (and their associated email addresses) does amount to some marketing mining.

However, it also plays OFFLINE consistently. In fact I went offline before even opening it the first time, and it functioned normally even with it's additional unpacking of installment data.

The game is initially 19.5mbs, but on first opening the game, it unzips an additional 27mbs, putting some of the data on the SD card, for a total of 49.13mbs.
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