Bit Pilot

Bit Pilot is a retro-inspired dodging game that comes from Zach Gage, who also brought us the multi-touch puzzler Unify. Bit Pilot's biggest flaw seems to be that it was released only a week after Tilt to Live and likely drowned out by the cheers for that game.

Bit Pilot, though, does stand on its own with fast paced gameplay, well implemented touch controls and a great 8-bit soundtrack. The game allows you to control a small ship in an asteroid field using single or dual swipes. Use one thumb for smaller movements, or both for more rapid movements. All the while, your job is to dodge the asteroids and lasers while picking up bonuses.

It's one of those simple games in which death can happen very quickly, so you gotta try just one more time. The swipe/touch controls are very nicely done and responsive. A hands on video is also available.

App Store Link: Bit Pilot, $0.99


iJumpman

Part platformer, part tilt/rotation game, iJumpman actually started life as a PC/Mac game and remains available as a free download for those platforms. The iPhone version is said to have all the content of the PC/Mac version and even includes a level editor.

The game uses swipe controls on the iPhone for basic running/jumping movement and seems to work well. Levels tend to be small and quick, and often requires multiple attempts. If you die, you respawn immediately to try again. The rapid-fire trial/error nature of the game reminds me a bit of Gravball.

I'd recommend trying the nearly identical PC/Mac version before diving in.

App Store Link: iJumpman, $2.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    I beat jumpman for the pc, and it's a lot of fun. Did they keep the level editor?

    • http://www.ummband.com poutini

      uh, never mind - I just finished watching the video, haha.

  • http://www.ummband.com poutini

    I beat jumpman for the pc, and it's a lot of fun. Did they keep the level editor?

    • http://www.ummband.com poutini

      uh, never mind - I just finished watching the video, haha.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Two of the most entertaining and most addicting retro games right now.
    Love them both! Thanks for the article.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Two of the most entertaining and most addicting retro games right now.
    Love them both! Thanks for the article.

  • Bobby

    Aw, man, iJumpman got my hopes up. I was hoping for a port of Jumpman, the old old old school platformer I used to play on my friend's PC-Jr back in the 80s. :-)

  • Bobby

    Aw, man, iJumpman got my hopes up. I was hoping for a port of Jumpman, the old old old school platformer I used to play on my friend's PC-Jr back in the 80s. :-)

  • http://ha.reesun.me/ Harry Harrison

    It might be worth mentioning, that I actually made a STARFIELD screensaver as an ode to Zach's BitPilot. He know's about it, and that I'm a huge fan. It's Mac OS X 10.6 only, but you can download it here > ha.reesun.me/=/STARFIELD/

    • http://ha.reesun.me/ Harry Harrison

      Here's an actually full link…

      http://ha.reesun.me/=/STARFIELD/

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        AWESOME! Love it!

    • David Smrž

      Hi, your wallpaper is absolutely brilliant! Only thing that I don't like about it is the fact that it is only for MacOS and I'm windows user.
      Are you considering windows port?
      Best regards, David Smrž.

      • http://ha.reesun.me/ Harry Harrison

        Aww, I'm sorry. I've never worked for a PC so i doubt i'll be converting it.

      • http://typingtoinfinity.com Sam

        Since you're not considering a windows port: Are you considering a Mac OSX 10.5 port? :P
        I didn't pay the $30 to upgrade to Snow Leopard.

  • http://ha.reesun.me/ Harry Harrison

    It might be worth mentioning, that I actually made a STARFIELD screensaver as an ode to Zach's BitPilot. He know's about it, and that I'm a huge fan. It's Mac OS X 10.6 only, but you can download it here > ha.reesun.me/=/STARFIELD/

    • http://ha.reesun.me/ Harry Harrison

      Here's an actually full link…

      http://ha.reesun.me/=/STARFIELD/

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        AWESOME! Love it!

    • David Smrž

      Hi, your wallpaper is absolutely brilliant! Only thing that I don't like about it is the fact that it is only for MacOS and I'm windows user.
      Are you considering windows port?
      Best regards, David Smrž.

      • http://ha.reesun.me/ Harry Harrison

        Aww, I'm sorry. I've never worked for a PC so i doubt i'll be converting it.

      • http://typingtoinfinity.com Sam

        Since you're not considering a windows port: Are you considering a Mac OSX 10.5 port? :P
        I didn't pay the $30 to upgrade to Snow Leopard.

  • lazypeon

    REALLY enjoying Bit Pilot. Love the 8-bit look and sound. I hope people don't overlook it, since the screenshots don't do it justice. Definitely has that 'one more go' hook, definitely worth the buck I paid for it.

  • lazypeon

    REALLY enjoying Bit Pilot. Love the 8-bit look and sound. I hope people don't overlook it, since the screenshots don't do it justice. Definitely has that 'one more go' hook, definitely worth the buck I paid for it.

  • Crunc

    BitPilot is an awesome and overlooked game. I hope more people buy it. Als it has a cool feature - you can unlock BitPilit wallpapers for your iPhone/touch. Great idea!

  • Crunc

    BitPilot is an awesome and overlooked game. I hope more people buy it. Als it has a cool feature - you can unlock BitPilit wallpapers for your iPhone/touch. Great idea!

  • Stacia

    these all sound really sweet. i just got a new iphone about 2 months ago from gsmallover.com but i haven't had a ton of time to check out sweet apps and fun games. which ones of these are the best?? i don't want to load my cell up with all of them and not have enough storage for other things. also, if you get a lot of apps, does it slow down your iphone??

    • http://ha.reesun.me/ Harry Harrison

      You shouldn't notice any slowdown from having a good number of apps. But Bit Pilot is by-far the best! :D

  • Stacia

    these all sound really sweet. i just got a new iphone about 2 months ago from gsmallover.com but i haven't had a ton of time to check out sweet apps and fun games. which ones of these are the best?? i don't want to load my cell up with all of them and not have enough storage for other things. also, if you get a lot of apps, does it slow down your iphone??

    • http://ha.reesun.me/ Harry Harrison

      You shouldn't notice any slowdown from having a good number of apps. But Bit Pilot is by-far the best! :D