Last month, we previewed Jeff Minter's latest iOS creation: Minotron: 2112. This time Minter reincarnates Llamatron from the Atari ST, which was a Robotron-like multi-directional shooter.

Llamatron, which was originally released as shareware for the Atari ST, was a shooter inspired by Eugene Jarvis' Robotron: 2084. The game plays more or less like a single-stick version of Robotron — wander about the playfield shooting baddies and not getting killed, but you're a llama instead of a superhuman and its beasties instead of helpless civilians you're rescuing. Minotron plays basically the same, but this time around, you're a minotaur, and things have gone dual (virtual) stick, so what you get feels a whole lot like Robotron, but on acid (which is a phrase that could be used to describe a great many of Jeff's creations).

Blake took a close look at a preview version, and really enjoyed it at the time, so I suspect fans of Minter will be pleased. We'll take a closer look at the final version when we escape from GDC.

Impressions are rolling in our forums.

  • Anonymous

    Damn skippy I bought. It's awesome and almost identical to the original Llamatron (which I played to death on the ST), save for the new theme. Excellent!

  • EastsideStompers

    This game is mad as a mad hatter madly selling mad hats on mad hat day...I love it: )

  • http://twitter.com/noreagle T. Benjamin Larsen

    Wow that was quick. I swear he tweeted the upload to Apple just a few days ago!

  • Dwatson4

    Makes me yearn for a port of Smash TV!

  • Focusrs

    still waitin and hopein on space giraffe for the ipad

  • http://twitter.com/Quantum_Sheep Quantum Sheep

    Loving it - another fine game from the Yak! :D

  • Dave

    controls are not like robotron at all. it can be played with one thumb, and the fire seems to be predictive towards where enemy are relative to you.

    • Skip

      That is just one of the variations of the game. There is a variation within the game that allows you to control the direction of fire.

  • Anonymous

    The controls for this game should be the new standard for all dual-stick shooters. Remember, however, that this one will always be better because it's full of llamas, camels, and sheep. Oh my.

  • psj3809

    Excellent game, given it 5 stars on the app store. Love the retro feel to it, the 'excellent' Bill and Teds voice in it. Even the graphic from Manic Miner which you have to sadly shoot !

    Very good game

  • Klaus

    Yeahhh, give us Space Giraffe or better Gridrunner Revolution!!!!! And an original Port of classic (VIC-20) Gridrunner/Matrix, pleaseeeee!

  • gee

    W0W, this game looks sexy ;)

  • Pawprintgames_matt

    ahh, this takes me back to the good ol' days. :D

  • PVB

    It's been a while since GDC, any chance of that review? :-)