570328_4Pang (or Buster Bros.) was a popular 1989 arcade game that was subsequently ported to a number of home computer platforms. The basic gameplay has already spawned a number of App Store clones including Chippy [$1.99], Buster Boy [$0.99], LaserBug [$1.99], Bubble Pang Free [Free].

Player X, however, has brought an official Pang port to the iPhone with Pang Mobile [$2.99]. The gameplay is rather simple by today's standards, and also pretty unforgiving. The game involves popping balloons bouncing on the screen with one of several possible weapons. The standard weapon is a harpoon that fires upward. If a balloon contacts the harpoon, it splits into smaller pieces. This repeats until your eliminate all the bouncing balloons. Smaller balloons, however, bounce at lower heights, making them harder to hit. Power-ups allow for a double shot, machine gun, and shield, while in-level obstacles can help or hurt your chances.

For long time fans, the mobile version seems to deliver on the Pang experience. Pang Mobile offers two modes: World Tour and Infinite Challenge. The game is controlled using a "touch area" that allows you to slide back and forth to move left/right. This avoids the imprecision of virtual buttons. Options include adjustments for difficulty and control sensitivity.

Video shows the game in World Tour and Infinite modes:

The game offers a local high score board only and only single player mode.

Not being a Pang player back in the day, it's hard to speak as to how accurate a port this is, but early adopters seem to be enjoying it. Any fans of classic arcade action may also want to consider it.

App Store Link: Pang Mobile, $2.99

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  • http://twitter.com/elliotxtreme ElliotXtreme

    Looks nice. Was always a matter of time before this came along. Are there any ladders in any of the later levels?

    • arn

      yes, ladders appear on second "level" of world tour. touchpad works up/down too.

      arn

  • http://twitter.com/elliotxtreme ElliotXtreme

    Looks nice. Was always a matter of time before this came along. Are there any ladders in any of the later levels?

    • arn

      yes, ladders appear on second "level" of world tour. touchpad works up/down too.

      arn

  • iHuff

    I've been waiting for this one! Loved it on my Atari back in the day - now who do I tell about wanting Bombjack redone?!

  • iHuff

    I've been waiting for this one! Loved it on my Atari back in the day - now who do I tell about wanting Bombjack redone?!

  • http://iphonetiny.com Craig Grannell

    @iHuff: check out Star Jim - Galaxy Hero. It's Bomb Jack in everything but name - and even the name's pretty close. It's a bit easy and not terribly smooth when transitioning to things like level complete, but the basic gameplay was fine when I reviewed it months back (although I've not checked whether it suffers lag on OS X for iPhone 3.x).

    • Rudi

      Hey Graig, thanks for that hint. I didnt know, that there is a game like Bomb Jack. Just downloaded Star Jim. It`s a lot of fun!

  • http://iphonetiny.com Craig Grannell

    @iHuff: check out Star Jim - Galaxy Hero. It's Bomb Jack in everything but name - and even the name's pretty close. It's a bit easy and not terribly smooth when transitioning to things like level complete, but the basic gameplay was fine when I reviewed it months back (although I've not checked whether it suffers lag on OS X for iPhone 3.x).

    • Rudi

      Hey Graig, thanks for that hint. I didnt know, that there is a game like Bomb Jack. Just downloaded Star Jim. It`s a lot of fun!

  • Kevin

    Sweet, I'm gonna have to get this one! May the classic arcade goodness keep coming!

  • Kevin

    Sweet, I'm gonna have to get this one! May the classic arcade goodness keep coming!

  • Chad

    It's a big mistake to not have this listed as Buster Bros. in the US store. Buster Bros. is what it's known as here. It would be like Capcom putting Mega Man in the US store as Rockman.

    • Timb

      I've never heard of Buster Bros. before, but I knew Pang from the TI-89 port -- I'm from the US.

    • http://www.vumiko.com JG

      Agreed. Never heard of "pang" but I know Buster Bros.!

  • Chad

    It's a big mistake to not have this listed as Buster Bros. in the US store. Buster Bros. is what it's known as here. It would be like Capcom putting Mega Man in the US store as Rockman.

    • Timb

      I've never heard of Buster Bros. before, but I knew Pang from the TI-89 port -- I'm from the US.

    • http://www.vumiko.com JG

      Agreed. Never heard of "pang" but I know Buster Bros.!

  • Buzzard

    WOW, i loved this game

  • Buzzard

    WOW, i loved this game

  • Allan

    I recently downloaded 'Bubble Pang' from the iTunes store and It's exactly the same as it was in the arcades back in the mid-90s (Spain).
    Not played this version yet, and from what I remember, Bubble Pang is the true arcade version - but I'll probably get this one too.

  • Allan

    I recently downloaded 'Bubble Pang' from the iTunes store and It's exactly the same as it was in the arcades back in the mid-90s (Spain).
    Not played this version yet, and from what I remember, Bubble Pang is the true arcade version - but I'll probably get this one too.

  • http://www.extreme-mods.com JWM2

    I bought it earlier today, its really not that good. I love buster bros and have their arcade boards in my living room. The controls on this one are bad, which imo is the biggest part of this game. Maybe i'll get used to them over time, but my gut reaction is to stay away for what they are charging for this app.

  • http://www.extreme-mods.com JWM2

    I bought it earlier today, its really not that good. I love buster bros and have their arcade boards in my living room. The controls on this one are bad, which imo is the biggest part of this game. Maybe i'll get used to them over time, but my gut reaction is to stay away for what they are charging for this app.

  • Chinito77

    I was a big fan of Buster Bros for the snes. It killed a lot of down time when I was deployed years ago. I need to wait on this port because I remember the game getting really fast to the point were pin point movements are needed. Unfortunately, all iPhone games lack the precision needed due to virtual pads.

  • Chinito77

    I was a big fan of Buster Bros for the snes. It killed a lot of down time when I was deployed years ago. I need to wait on this port because I remember the game getting really fast to the point were pin point movements are needed. Unfortunately, all iPhone games lack the precision needed due to virtual pads.

  • nlx

    What version is this ?

    It doesn't look or sound like the real PANG !!

    Looks like a Sega Master System game ! >:(

  • nlx

    What version is this ?

    It doesn't look or sound like the real PANG !!

    Looks like a Sega Master System game ! >:(

  • nlx

    Looks like Super Pang to me…

    Maybe Pang3 would have been a better idea to port…

  • nlx

    Looks like Super Pang to me…

    Maybe Pang3 would have been a better idea to port…

  • nlx

    nah in fact only the 1st Pang is great :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeYIeaHjewU

  • nlx

    nah in fact only the 1st Pang is great :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeYIeaHjewU

  • owl

    awesome. I had this arcade game for a few years...

  • owl

    awesome. I had this arcade game for a few years...