Last month, to little fanfare, Act1 Corporation released retro shooter 80s Galaxy [App Store] for the iPhone and iPod touch.

80s Galaxy is a wireframe 3D, green-on-black shooter rendered with "jiggling" vectors that help to reinforce the retro feel of the game.  It sounds a bit much--and it is--but to die hard retro fans (like me), it's pleasant to behold.

80s Galaxy is a rather simple game.  Enemies approach en masse.  Tap to target and fire at an enemy, swipe to deflect incoming ordnance.  Some eneimes require several taps to destroy.  And that's it.  Level after level of this sort of simple shooter action.  It's so simple that many (most?) will not rank it among their favorites.  But true retro gaming fans will likely find it worth a look thanks to the visual treatment and overall oldschool feel.

Having trouble deciding?  Luckily, Act1 has just released 80s Galaxy Lite [App Store], a "lite" version of the game that offers a limited taste of the full, paid version.

Have a look at our gameplay video to get a feel for the game.


[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

App Store Link: 80s Galaxy, $2.99 | 80s Galaxy Lite, Free

TouchArcade Rating

  • Mr Payne

    Awesome!

    Next on my list would be that classic Star Wars trenching fighting on the Deathstar game!

    kudos!

  • Mr Payne

    Awesome!

    Next on my list would be that classic Star Wars trenching fighting on the Deathstar game!

    kudos!

  • http://techretriever.com Shaun

    Love the animation style! Good job man!

  • http://techretriever.com Shaun

    Love the animation style! Good job man!

  • Nukie

    Thanks for bringing to our attention. I likey. I was always a big fan of Tempest, which this resembles in some way.

  • Nukie

    Thanks for bringing to our attention. I likey. I was always a big fan of Tempest, which this resembles in some way.

  • Finch

    I would be interested it if was accelerometer controlled aiming like the old Star wars Vector graphics games. Tapping things isn't much fun.

    I wonder who owns the rights to those old Star wars games, they would be perfect ports.

  • Finch

    I would be interested it if was accelerometer controlled aiming like the old Star wars Vector graphics games. Tapping things isn't much fun.

    I wonder who owns the rights to those old Star wars games, they would be perfect ports.

  • http://www.8bitjoystick.com Jake of 8bitjoystick.com

    I bought this game because of your article.

    Hey I would love to interview you on iPhone OS games.

  • http://www.8bitjoystick.com Jake of 8bitjoystick.com

    I bought this game because of your article.

    Hey I would love to interview you on iPhone OS games.

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  • Tranceaholic

    To Nukie: There is a game just like Tempest out called VectorBlaster, and like that game I wished this one had cool 8-bit music in it, but I'm picking this game up regardless as it looks challenging in the later levels.

  • Tranceaholic

    To Nukie: There is a game just like Tempest out called VectorBlaster, and like that game I wished this one had cool 8-bit music in it, but I'm picking this game up regardless as it looks challenging in the later levels.