017559_5jpgA few weeks ago, iPhone developer Eurocenter brought the classic sidescrolling shooter Abuse to the iPhone under the title of Alien Abuse [App Store].

The game may be familiar to many as it's been around in various forms since its original release in 1996. Bungie Studios even brought Abuse to the Mac (where I was first exposed to it). The game has since been released into the public domain and is now available for the iPhone.

Abuse is a side scrolling platformer in which you fight off hoards of monsters while trying to escape a prison complex. You can run, jump and climb while directing gunfire in any direction. While we tried the game right after its release to the App Store, we felt the iPhone game really suffered from the initial control system offered. In a game like Abuse, independent control of firing and movement is critical to gameplay. This, for example, allows you to run in one direction while firing at your chasing enemies.

Fortunately, the developer has been quick to provide a control update and now offers a dual-analog sticks as an option. Left wheel controls movement, while right controls firing:

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This small change upgrades the game from tech demo to a fun experience. The game, of course, still feels like a port, because -- well, it is. Still, for only $0.99, we think fans of the original version will enjoy this iPhone version.

This developer video shows the original control system (which remains default):

App Store Link: Alien Abuse, $0.99

  • http://www.ericgranata.com Eric Granata

    I loved this game when I was a kid and have since tried to find a port for newer Macs. This will work great as an alternative!

  • http://www.ericgranata.com Eric Granata

    I loved this game when I was a kid and have since tried to find a port for newer Macs. This will work great as an alternative!

  • Jeff M

    Holy cow. I can't believe this is available. What a great idea! I'm soooo excited. I loved this game!

  • Jeff M

    Holy cow. I can't believe this is available. What a great idea! I'm soooo excited. I loved this game!

  • Adams Immersive

    Reminds me of Obliterator. From way back.

  • Adams Immersive

    Reminds me of Obliterator. From way back.

  • Big Albie

    The new control scheme makes a huge difference in terms of playability. And of course, there are plenty of weapons and shrill sound effects.

  • Big Albie

    The new control scheme makes a huge difference in terms of playability. And of course, there are plenty of weapons and shrill sound effects.

  • Thaurin

    Just bought it. I didn't have a 2D sidescroller on my iPhone yett and this looks solid. Never played it before, but after a couple of minutes I can already say that it's totally worth the money.

    So... is everybody just free to port anything left in the public domain to iPhone or it this from the same developers?

    • arn

      if it's public domain, you can do what you want with it. I don't believe these are the same developers.

      • Thaurin

        Ah. I've been feeling a bit weird about people charging money off these public domain ports, since it does feel like profiting off of someone else's work. Of course there's work in porting it--and if public domain says you can do anything with it, it's all okay. Maybe I should go look for some kickass public domain projects that I would like to see on the iPhone. ;)

  • Thaurin

    Just bought it. I didn't have a 2D sidescroller on my iPhone yett and this looks solid. Never played it before, but after a couple of minutes I can already say that it's totally worth the money.

    So... is everybody just free to port anything left in the public domain to iPhone or it this from the same developers?

    • arn

      if it's public domain, you can do what you want with it. I don't believe these are the same developers.

      • Thaurin

        Ah. I've been feeling a bit weird about people charging money off these public domain ports, since it does feel like profiting off of someone else's work. Of course there's work in porting it--and if public domain says you can do anything with it, it's all okay. Maybe I should go look for some kickass public domain projects that I would like to see on the iPhone. ;)

  • http://justind.net Justin D

    DUDE. AWESOME. I spent obscene amounts of time with Abuse when I was young and twitchy. Very good port!

  • http://justind.net Justin D

    DUDE. AWESOME. I spent obscene amounts of time with Abuse when I was young and twitchy. Very good port!

  • http://www.gamedroid.net gamedroiddotnet

    Great game, abuse was one of my fav games back in the day, I want to see more games like this on the Iphone

  • http://www.gamedroid.net gamedroiddotnet

    Great game, abuse was one of my fav games back in the day, I want to see more games like this on the Iphone

  • http://www.ericgranata.com Eric Granata

    Isn't Marathon in the public domain? That would kill.

    • Big Albie

      I haven't thought of Marathon in ages, and that was a great game. That would get some attention on the iPhone.

  • http://www.ericgranata.com Eric Granata

    Isn't Marathon in the public domain? That would kill.

    • Big Albie

      I haven't thought of Marathon in ages, and that was a great game. That would get some attention on the iPhone.

  • rich_952000

    I'm a fan of Eurocenter after they impressed me with all the awesomeness that has become Bomber Online. I've had Alien Abuse for awhile and if you remotely like Metroid etc.. Give this a try=)

  • rich_952000

    I'm a fan of Eurocenter after they impressed me with all the awesomeness that has become Bomber Online. I've had Alien Abuse for awhile and if you remotely like Metroid etc.. Give this a try=)

  • http://nicolinux.org Nicolinux

    @rich_952000
    Ahm... really? I bought Bomberman Online but it sits there on my iPod and gets dusty. Really I tried to like it but it is as smooth as I expected it to be. That's why I think the iPhone platform isn't ready for online multiplayer games. Abuse however is a solid port and after the controll scheme update, very much fun to play.

    • rich_952000

      I'm surprised. I mean it isn't my #1 fav, but I think for online multiplayer it is very good. Each update has seemed to decrease lag times, for me. Heck, I never even liked the classic Bomber Man. And I'll admit when I first bought this I didn't play much, but now find myself going back to this quite often for a quick "interactive" gaming fix. I'll note that I picked this up when it was $.99 :)

  • http://nicolinux.org Nicolinux

    @rich_952000
    Ahm... really? I bought Bomberman Online but it sits there on my iPod and gets dusty. Really I tried to like it but it is as smooth as I expected it to be. That's why I think the iPhone platform isn't ready for online multiplayer games. Abuse however is a solid port and after the controll scheme update, very much fun to play.

    • rich_952000

      I'm surprised. I mean it isn't my #1 fav, but I think for online multiplayer it is very good. Each update has seemed to decrease lag times, for me. Heck, I never even liked the classic Bomber Man. And I'll admit when I first bought this I didn't play much, but now find myself going back to this quite often for a quick "interactive" gaming fix. I'll note that I picked this up when it was $.99 :)

  • George

    Good job

  • George

    Good job

  • f e a r l e s s

    Got this as soon as it was available! Classic! Love it! But, the new controls need to be as dim as the original.

  • f e a r l e s s

    Got this as soon as it was available! Classic! Love it! But, the new controls need to be as dim as the original.

  • GoGo

    Good retro game! Love it !

    BUT got an issue: how the hell can you go back to the main menu?
    Using the iPhone exit button won't save the current position :(

  • GoGo

    Good retro game! Love it !

    BUT got an issue: how the hell can you go back to the main menu?
    Using the iPhone exit button won't save the current position :(

  • Tricksta

    This could lead to something bigger and better like METROID or MARIO

    • Brad Newsom

      Those games aren't public domain. Such games coming to the iphone are near impossible.

  • Tricksta

    This could lead to something bigger and better like METROID or MARIO

    • Brad Newsom

      Those games aren't public domain. Such games coming to the iphone are near impossible.

  • Moose

    The link says it's unavailable. Searching eurocenter and alien abuse comes up with nothing. What gives? Crackdotcom ruled!

  • Moose

    The link says it's unavailable. Searching eurocenter and alien abuse comes up with nothing. What gives? Crackdotcom ruled!

  • Alea Pendragon

    I absolutely love Alien Abuse... I'm to level 10 and I can't seem to get out of this particular spot. I drop into a room with the Robots, Flyers that shoot out flames and the wall shooters. I don't know how to get through this particular tough spot because the flyers keep killing me with their flames. Anybody know what to do?

  • Alea Pendragon

    I absolutely love Alien Abuse... I'm to level 10 and I can't seem to get out of this particular spot. I drop into a room with the Robots, Flyers that shoot out flames and the wall shooters. I don't know how to get through this particular tough spot because the flyers keep killing me with their flames. Anybody know what to do?

  • Larry

    I'm stuck on level 10 too. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • Larry

    I'm stuck on level 10 too. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • Steve

    AT level 10. Drop down the shaft but hav your finger ready to fly as you pick up the F. Then hover but don't drop into the pit. Tease out a flying bot (not the flame thrower ones) and take them back up the shaft to the start. Then use them to shield you thru the blue beams. I'm now stuck at level 14 at the bottom of a pit!

  • Steve

    AT level 10. Drop down the shaft but hav your finger ready to fly as you pick up the F. Then hover but don't drop into the pit. Tease out a flying bot (not the flame thrower ones) and take them back up the shaft to the start. Then use them to shield you thru the blue beams. I'm now stuck at level 14 at the bottom of a pit!

  • randy

    i am stuck at the bottom of the pit as well. anyone got any tips?

  • randy

    i am stuck at the bottom of the pit as well. anyone got any tips?