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Sony Pictures Television has given Touch Arcade an exclusive preview of their upcoming iPhone remake of the 1982 isometric arcade classic Q*Bert.

Q*bert is back! After more than 25 years, the colorful, lovable, jumpy arcade character of the 80's is now available on iPhone and iPod Touch. And he's got his very own blog too at www.qbert.com!

Kick it old school and play retro Q*bert in Arcade mode with authentic graphics and gameplay through 20 rounds across 5 challenging levels. Or, if you prefer your Q*bert smooooth, choose Modern mode for updated graphics. That's just the beginning. Regular updates will bring really new gameplay!

Q*Bert for the iPhone features two play modes to satisfy whatever level of retro gamer you happen to be.  Modern mode features updated graphics with a music track that gives the game a clean, modern feel.  Arcade mode features the original graphics and sounds and delivers that pixellized, jaggy fix that hardcore retro fans hunger for.  Both modes include the standard five different enemy types and four different friendly objects that carry the player from level to level.

qbert remake screen

The goal of the game is to traverse every cube in each level's pyramid.  Landing on a cube changes its color and once a pyramid has been fully changed, the player moves to the next level.  But watch out -- roving villains wander the map, trying to squash our orange, tube-nosed hero.  And while, in the original, pyramids were the whole deal, Sony will soon be releasing all new kinds of levels with new characters to add variety to the game.

Sony has even given Q*Bert his very own blog for fans to enjoy.

Being an isometric game (the first?), Q*Bert involves diagonal movement across those ziggurats of glowing pixel goodness that is, by default, controlled with directional swipes anywhere on the screen.  Alternate accelerometer controls are also offered and work better than one might expect.  The controls work very well and anyone who ever fed a stream of quarters to the original stand-up cabinet way back when should thoroughly enjoy the iPhone remake.

See our gameplay video of the pre-release version for a closer look.


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And here are screenshots of the retro/original themed mode of the game:

Q*Bert is expected to hit the App Store in the next week or so.  We'll let readers know when it lands.

  • GodSon

    Sweet...This is a must for me!!!

  • GodSon

    Sweet...This is a must for me!!!

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    I haven't played Q Bert in FOREVER. Definitely down to get in on this :)

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    I haven't played Q Bert in FOREVER. Definitely down to get in on this :)

  • 1337brian

    haven't played Q'bert since my LCD watch in the first grade! This will be an instant buy for me!

  • theone1007

    Sony Pictures Television.... hope they don't completely butcher it.

  • 1337brian

    haven't played Q'bert since my LCD watch in the first grade! This will be an instant buy for me!

  • theone1007

    Sony Pictures Television.... hope they don't completely butcher it.

  • http://knitlikeyoumeanit.com Kathleen

    So freaking exciting. But - what if it isn't as cool as we remember?

    • http://www.moistproduction.com jason

      It almost never is, but the closure is worth the $$ ;)

  • http://knitlikeyoumeanit.com Kathleen

    So freaking exciting. But - what if it isn't as cool as we remember?

    • http://www.moistproduction.com jason

      It almost never is, but the closure is worth the $$ ;)

  • skamando

    Man this looks good. I hope they do a better job with the control stick than Namco. Their control sticks aren't the most responsive.

  • skamando

    Man this looks good. I hope they do a better job with the control stick than Namco. Their control sticks aren't the most responsive.

  • Bob

    FINALLY!!!!

  • Bob

    FINALLY!!!!

  • http://www.obversemusic.com SaturninSektor

    Good, now I can stop playing 'cubert', the unlicensed clone that was predictably yanked from the App Store before too long. It is decent enough, but the original (with the original sounds!!!) would be far preferable.

  • http://www.obversemusic.com SaturninSektor

    Good, now I can stop playing 'cubert', the unlicensed clone that was predictably yanked from the App Store before too long. It is decent enough, but the original (with the original sounds!!!) would be far preferable.

  • Frogtorch

    Oh, glorious Q*Bert! My favorite arcade game ever!

  • Frogtorch

    Oh, glorious Q*Bert! My favorite arcade game ever!

  • Alichan76

    lol, does he really say 'oh Sh*t' at 2'47? I do hope so: )

  • Alichan76

    lol, does he really say 'oh Sh*t' at 2'47? I do hope so: )

  • Craig

    I think Zaxxon was actually the first game to feature isometric projection, although I believe they came out the same year.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaxxon

    Btw, does this run horizontally or vertically?
    It looks like a lot of wasted screen space in the pictures/video.

  • Craig

    I think Zaxxon was actually the first game to feature isometric projection, although I believe they came out the same year.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaxxon

    Btw, does this run horizontally or vertically?
    It looks like a lot of wasted screen space in the pictures/video.

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    ~swoon~

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    ~swoon~

  • Jack

    I hope they got Warren Davis to program it. Every version of Q*bert not made by Davis has been something of a let down.

  • Jack

    I hope they got Warren Davis to program it. Every version of Q*bert not made by Davis has been something of a let down.

  • Jim

    The version of Q*Bert already in the App Store (Cu*Bert) is quite faithful and the controls, though they took a few tries to get the hang of, are really beyond satisfactory. I have a funny feeling Sony's 'effort' will not even compare. Time will tell.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      It's long been pulled from the App Store...

      • Jim

        I know.

  • Jim

    The version of Q*Bert already in the App Store (Cu*Bert) is quite faithful and the controls, though they took a few tries to get the hang of, are really beyond satisfactory. I have a funny feeling Sony's 'effort' will not even compare. Time will tell.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      It's long been pulled from the App Store...

      • Jim

        I know.

  • betty

    yes me also hopefully not botched it has already been out before. i have it on my ipod touch. but it is not as easy as when i was at the acarde.

  • betty

    yes me also hopefully not botched it has already been out before. i have it on my ipod touch. but it is not as easy as when i was at the acarde.

  • betty

    skamando thank you could not remember who brought it out before

  • betty

    skamando thank you could not remember who brought it out before

  • Rustyjaw

    The video looks good, I think they have preserved the timing and AI (such as it was) from the original. Can't wait!

  • Rustyjaw

    The video looks good, I think they have preserved the timing and AI (such as it was) from the original. Can't wait!

  • bob

    cool beans

  • bob

    cool beans

  • http://www.gameprom.com pogosov

    I know tis game as "J-Bird" (Orion Software / PC XT). Pure classic, thanks for Sony!

  • http://www.gameprom.com pogosov

    I know tis game as "J-Bird" (Orion Software / PC XT). Pure classic, thanks for Sony!

  • bettybenot

    I wonder how much longer before app store says it is ok to come out if it is there. I guess I am getting impatient for my qbert fix.

  • bettybenot

    I wonder how much longer before app store says it is ok to come out if it is there. I guess I am getting impatient for my qbert fix.

  • mat

    yeah, i wonder, too!

    on june 16th they sais it was already submitted..

  • mat

    yeah, i wonder, too!

    on june 16th they sais it was already submitted..

  • ldb

    They are saying that Q Bert is out in the international store right now 7/21/2009. I hope it will be in the u s store soon.

    • betty

      thats great to hear that it is in international store. i do hope it will come to the us store quickly

  • http://toucharcade ldb

    They are saying that Q Bert is out in the international store right now 7/21/2009. I hope it will be in the u s store soon.

    • betty

      thats great to hear that it is in international store. i do hope it will come to the us store quickly

  • Drew

    I got the fake clone "cubert" long ago, and now after the 3.0 update it doesn't work. WHY!? I want my money back!

  • Drew

    I got the fake clone "cubert" long ago, and now after the 3.0 update it doesn't work. WHY!? I want my money back!

  • betty

    How much longer before US gets the qbert app come on already we need the app also.

  • betty

    How much longer before US gets the qbert app come on already we need the app also.

  • betty

    thank you so much sony if you look at this at all for my birthday present to have qbert again. i have played it for a couple minutes and it is so much easier than that clone just like the good old days for the modern part thank you so much

  • betty

    thank you so much sony if you look at this at all for my birthday present to have qbert again. i have played it for a couple minutes and it is so much easier than that clone just like the good old days for the modern part thank you so much

  • Aaron

    Sweet. I was searching for Qbert in the app store not long ago. I'm glad it is on its way. Maybe they can ressurect some more of my favorite Atari games.

  • Aaron

    Sweet. I was searching for Qbert in the app store not long ago. I'm glad it is on its way. Maybe they can ressurect some more of my favorite Atari games.