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by DotEmu
Rated: All Ages

Price: $1.90
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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What's new in version 2.1.1
  • Add Fire TV support

Product Details

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: 2.1.1
Developed By: DotEmu
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Open network sockets
  • Discover and pair bluetooth devices
  • Access information about networks
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
  • Read from external storage
  • Write to external storage
Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3.3
Approximate Download Time: Less than 3 minutes

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By Clay N. Cowgill on 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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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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By scifidude79 on September 12, 2014
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I'm old enough that I recognized the name. This was in all the cool arcades when i was a kid, but I don't know if I ever played it back then.

Game play wise, it's your basic '80s side scrolling shoot-em-up. There were a lot of these, but this appears to be one of the better ones. You fight through hordes of enemies that get progressively tougher and more frequent as you move though the level. The graphics appear to be true to the '80s game. Only the menus and whatnot have a modern look. Play wise, it's fun if you like this type of game. Personally, I love them. There are two skill levels at first: Unlimited and Normal. Unlimited seems to be pretty much the same difficulty as Normal but your pool of lives never goes down when you die, hence the name. Normal is the game as it was in the arcade. When you die, you lose lives. If you die four times without earning more lives, it's game over. There's also a skill level called Insane that's locked at the start, I can only assume that's way more difficult. Control wise, the game isn't bad. You can completely customize the controls by moving stuff where you want it, which is nice. Personally, I like having the D-pad on the screen, I find it easier to control than just moving my thumb around the screen. Also, thanks for the ability to turn off autofire. Though, this type of game is better played with a controller, not on screen controls, in my opinion. Fun wise, this game is a 5/5 for me, since I love this type of game.

So, why only 4 stars? Because of the "Find Accounts on the Device" permission. I see no reason why this game needs a list of my accounts. There are no in app purchases and I know from having other GameCircle enabled apps that it's not a requirement for GameCircle. Remove that permission and I'll give the the 5 stars it deserves.
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