Retro shooter fans won't want to miss Spheroids [App Store], a recent iPhone release by Fabio Policarpo.

Spheroids takes the classic, black-and-white game of Asteroids and wraps it around a wireframe sphere.  Your familiar-looking ship remains centered on the screen while rotation of the sphere is controlled by tilting the iPhone in any direction.  A one-finger tap to the screen fires while a two-finger tap sets off a bomb.  Large asteroids drift lazily about the sphere and break into smaller pieces when fired upon.  On higher levels, homing mines are added to the mix.  Various power-ups, dropped from large asteroids, can be picked up to enhance your ship: a weapon power-up to increase your rate of fire, a bomb power-up, and a shield power-up.

The game looks and plays much as I imagine Super Stardust HD would, had it been released for the Vectrex.

Spheroids convincingly conveys a sense of the vector displays of old thanks to its clean anti-aliasing and the subtle glow present on the brighter vectors.  I find this title quite enjoyable and my only gripe is its lack of an accelerometer calibration feature (the neutral point is exactly parallel to the ground)--hopefully the developer will do the right thing here in a future release.  I feel that most gamers who enjoy a nice retro remake will find Spheroids to their liking.

See our gameplay video for a closer look.


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App Store Link: Spheroids, $1.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • Master Shake

    I'll wait till it's 99 cents. Thanks for the video.

  • Master Shake

    I'll wait till it's 99 cents. Thanks for the video.

  • Kamazar

    The ship is centered? Blegh. That always makes nauseous.

  • Kamazar

    The ship is centered? Blegh. That always makes nauseous.

  • Ahiru

    looks like super stardust hd (psn downloadable)

    i'm having a lot of fun with flower, gonna wait till a price drop (not really playing on my iphone latetly)

  • Ahiru

    looks like super stardust hd (psn downloadable)

    i'm having a lot of fun with flower, gonna wait till a price drop (not really playing on my iphone latetly)

  • Tunawrap

    I bought this game this morning, wondering why it hadn't been covered on TA.

    lol

    I've been wanting an asteroids clone since I got my iPod Touch, and this is the best version of asteroids I've played so far :)

  • Tunawrap

    I bought this game this morning, wondering why it hadn't been covered on TA.

    lol

    I've been wanting an asteroids clone since I got my iPod Touch, and this is the best version of asteroids I've played so far :)

  • Biggles

    Would go for it if it weren't accelerometer based. The controls were what made asteroids for me. Tilting to play and only being able to travel in the direction you're facing would kill this for me.

  • Biggles

    Would go for it if it weren't accelerometer based. The controls were what made asteroids for me. Tilting to play and only being able to travel in the direction you're facing would kill this for me.

  • jax sedrin

    This reminds me a lot of MacSwear (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20988).

    Any chance of updating the game with more 3-dimensional solids?

  • jax sedrin

    This reminds me a lot of MacSwear (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20988).

    Any chance of updating the game with more 3-dimensional solids?