007240Besides all the news about Doom Classic, DOS-era gamers were also happy to see a port of Tyian [$1.99] appear in the App Store yesterday.

Tyrian was originally a 1995 vertical shoot 'em up that was subsequently released as freeware in 2004. The game is a typical shooter with a significant weapon upgrade system. The iPhone version of the game is based on the open source code project and does not come bundled with the data files due to licensing issues. This means the app will need to download the files (4.6MB) upon first launch so you should make sure you are on a fast and inexpensive connection (Wi-Fi or unlimited cellular) before launching the first time.

The game uses touch controls to control the ship and feels pretty responsive. Overall, the game has been well received by old fans of the game, but there is at least one major issue that prevents you from upgrading your weapons:

So for the people that havn't played it before, the game has "full game" mode and arcade mode. Full game mode allows you to change/upgrade your different weapons and components (front, back, left, right weapons, shiptype and generator). The better weapons cost more, some of them are specific to certain levels, you collect money as you play and upgrade in between levels. Arcade mode has all those weapons but they appear after killing certain enemies and you have to catch them. Upgrades are picked up in the form of common purple orbs that slowly upgrade you over time.

So with the menu issues right now you cant upgrade your weapons in full game mode unless there is some trick I'm not seeing. Issue also doesn't allow the control of sound/music volume.

Update: The developer reports that "the weapons upgrade issue is patched, and the new binary resubmitted for appstore review."

App Store Link: Tyrian, $1.99

  • cookiemonster

    is this just a strait up port? hopefully it lives up to its reputation. this was and still is one of the best top down shooters.

  • cookiemonster

    is this just a strait up port? hopefully it lives up to its reputation. this was and still is one of the best top down shooters.

  • mobilainteractive

    The weapons upgrade issue is patched and resubmitted for AppStore review. It should be available shortly.

  • mobilainteractive

    The weapons upgrade issue is patched and resubmitted for AppStore review. It should be available shortly.

  • -NoVa-

    The best game for any platform, but the control method could be better. Your finger hides enemyes approaching from the bottom, there should be an additional control method included.

  • -NoVa-

    The best game for any platform, but the control method could be better. Your finger hides enemyes approaching from the bottom, there should be an additional control method included.

  • Finch

    yea old DOS shooters! I might have to pick this up. I'd love to see Raptor on the iPhone too.

    • http://www.retrospekt.com.au Retrospekt Dave

      I couldn't agree more! Apogee need to get back together and on the bandwagon, hell even the first two Duke Nukem titles would be fantastic!

  • Finch

    yea old DOS shooters! I might have to pick this up. I'd love to see Raptor on the iPhone too.

    • http://www.retrospekt.com.au Retrospekt Dave

      I couldn't agree more! Apogee need to get back together and on the bandwagon, hell even the first two Duke Nukem titles would be fantastic!

  • http://www.connection.ca networkman

    I just picked it up.
    I should mention that I was not that impressed with the controls. The conrols are not very fluid. Lots of slow-down and jerkiness. (I'm using a 3G phone). Grrrrrr.

  • http://www.connection.ca networkman

    I just picked it up.
    I should mention that I was not that impressed with the controls. The conrols are not very fluid. Lots of slow-down and jerkiness. (I'm using a 3G phone). Grrrrrr.

  • omri

    NICE!! thats a great game! i loved it when i was a litle kid, i bet it still rocks!

  • omri

    NICE!! thats a great game! i loved it when i was a litle kid, i bet it still rocks!

  • The Bat Outta Hell

    This page was linked to as a review.

    This is a review? It just talks about it coming out, and the controls a little. =/

  • The Bat Outta Hell

    This page was linked to as a review.

    This is a review? It just talks about it coming out, and the controls a little. =/

  • http://www.iancul.com iancu

    Does anybody know how to activate the special weapons shown in the top left corner in full story game? I'm talking about the ones that you pick from the game, like Repulsor, Atractor, Beam-Something and others.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.iancul.com iancu

    Does anybody know how to activate the special weapons shown in the top left corner in full story game? I'm talking about the ones that you pick from the game, like Repulsor, Atractor, Beam-Something and others.

    Thanks.