Warblade Free [Free] is the free version of Warblade, a vertical shooter that has an insane amount of history behind it, starting all the way back on the Amiga as Deluxe Galaga. When it made the hop to the PC, it became Warblade, and since then has amassed an amazing amount of various shareware awards, all of which can be seen along the right side of the Warblade site.

The goal of Warblade is similar to that of any vertical shooter. You fly up while swarms of enemies fly down, stopping to lob salvos of bullets your way. Tons of power-ups are in game, ranging from different kind of weapons, shields, and other bonuses to your ship's performance.

One of the coolest things about how the power-up system works is that if you like a particular weapon you can just buy it from the tons of available upgrades in the store between levels. These items are purchased with coins your enemies drop. Oh, and there are even power-downs, which I couldn't help but pick up such as "drunk mode" which reverses controls, and a single shot that removes all your weapon upgrades.

Warblade has tons of graphical flare. The enemies are colorful, explosions are plentiful, and overall the game is jut really cool looking while still feeling retro enough to be able to tell that there's still a little bit of Deluxe Galaga in there. Two control options are included, one where you tilt your device to control your ship with a fire button on the bottom of the screen and another where two arrow buttons also appear along the bottom to manage your movement.

The free version of Warblade comes with 25 levels and a time trial mode, which should be more than enough to whet your appetite for the eventual full release of Warblade. If you're at all interested in retro-inspired vertical shooters, you really need to download this game.

  • Ultimate Zohan

    ZOHAN SUPER APPROVES THIS.

    Full version price please be .99

    • Ultimate Zohan

      everyone.
      do not underestimate this game.

  • Larry

    My only complaint is that I want the full version. Now. I played the trial over and over and it is just as good as the PC version.

  • http://twitter.com/scarbir Scarbir

    There are so many of this games... and why is this one so awesome? I fell asleep just watchting the video.

    Just recently, about two weeks ago, a brilliant vertical 3D-shoot 'm up appeared on the iPhone, packaged in a wonderful WW2-style. I haven't read a line about AirAttack - and it really is way better than this.

  • Rowan

    Warblade has a huge following back to a galaga clone on the amiga. Lots of replayability and depth. But can't do 2x mode on iPad?

  • Konata

    Galaga Deluxe :D yeah baby! Best game eva!

  • Bosconian

    This is quite good. Classic stuff.

    However, I'd like to see more control options.

    IMO, the ESPGaluda II controls should be the new standard for SHMUPs on iPhone/Touch. Roswell adopted them, and I'd like to see them here as well.

    • http://www.emv-software.com Ed Vigdal

      The controls in Warblade are that way because they need to be that way... I have tested ESPGaluda II once... and I can not use that finger move ship around because the speed ups that you collect would have no meaning any more and they are an important part of the game. You start out with a little bit slow ship that you then collect extra speedups for or buy them in the shop, until you have a speed that you feel is correct. You can via settings select if the ship should then move as controlled with an analog stick or a digital stick (when tilting ship, or moving with onscreen buttons)

      It's the same reason I never implemented a mouse ctrl for Warblade on the PC/Mac.

  • Ovalprocess

    This game won't scale to 2X on my iPad, either. First time I've seen this happen.

    I agree that AirAttack is very nicely done. I especially like the Nazi Hindenburg type airship.

  • http://toyotomitadt32g.com/ Rob Salu

    This looks great. I'm glad they have arrows to control this instead of tilting, or I'd never survive!

  • JCat

    So awesome, but doesn't do 2X on iPad -- this is the second game out of tons I've tried that didn't work with 2X. The other game was some kind of "Mr. Do" clone which was fantastic. Two great games, no 2X :-(

  • http://www.emv-software.com Ed Vigdal

    I have no idea why the x2 does not work on the iPad. But there will be a HD version for the iPad soon (free and full)

  • Larry

    Me wantie full version. AirAttack is inferior.

  • Ashraf

    I love this type of games. it not borings.

  • Josh

    I have to say - horrible horrible art direction. The graphic killed it.

  • bnaz

    This is the best ever shooter game. The controls are good and gameplay is excellent. I cant wait for the full version!

  • Zuriyahe

    Great Game! I am totally enjoying this shooter.