Backflip Studios has released their latest free game to the App Store. The release of Buganoids follows their other summer launches including Tunnel Shoot, Graffiti Ball, and Ninjump. We profiled Backflip Studios' success in the App Store back at WWDC. As of this writing, they report that their games have seen over 48 million downloads with up to 2 million unique players playing each day.

For this latest App Store entry, Backflip enlisted the help of a developer we're very familiar with around here - Dan Bliss. Bliss' App Store career [iTunes link] has been pretty much exclusively dedicated to retro-inspired games, so his involvement made a lot of sense for Buganoids.

The developers accurately describe Buganoids as "Tempest" meets "Centipede" with a dash of "Gyruss" thrown in. The game is a circumferential shooter where your goal is to destroy the spawning bugs coming up from the planet. Your only ability is to shoot down -- straight into the planet. So, in order to adjust your aim, you need to walk around the planet. If a bug makes its way to the surface, you're going to have to shoot form the opposite side to take it out. It's a pretty simply mechanic that offers a surprising amount of depth.

The game offers five different weapons across seven different globes and includes 3 levels of difficulty. Like all of Backflip's free games, they are ad-supported by offer the customer the ability to buy-out of the ads.

There's both an iPhone and iPad version of the game, and they are both free. So, no reason not to try it out.

  • Darren

    Looks like a lot of fun, picking it up now!


  • JCat

    Love the retro feel - kind of Tempest meets I don't know what, but it's all good!

    • lukwtwz

      Tempest meets whack-a-mole.

      • War Machine 390

        or tempest vs dig dug...just without the digging (art style i suppose)

  • Ben!

    I love the idea and the art style, but the controls sort of make me appreciate how good Super Pizza Boy's are. I always miss the left/right buttons when trying to switch directions. I think it'd work better if the hotspots were a little bigger.

  • Random

    Ahhh, Music by Random. I love this tune!

  • samulin

    Unfortunately the game doesn't include any soundtrack 🙁

    I do hope they'll add in a future update...

  • mental.note

    this is a fun game. Def worth it!