Last year we reviewed Spectre 3D [App Store] for the iPhone, Brilliant Bytes' remake of the classic, early '90s Macintosh 3D tank shooter Spectre from Peninsula Gameworks that oldschool Mac gamers likely remember as one of the most hardcore titles available at the time. Spectre 3D has recently received a major update that should notably broaden its appeal. What's more, its also on a limited time, 80%-off sale at a price of $0.99.

New features include:

  • iPad support! A new HUD, control scheme, and interface
  • All-new Arcade single-player mode
  • High-definition Retina Display support
  • Completely Re-balanced gameplay
  • Game Center support

The original Spectre is a 3D, filled-vector tank battle game something akin to Battlezone. The simple objective was to drive your tank around various obstacle-filled battlefields collecting flags and dodging the fire of AI enemy vehicles. The game also supported local multiplayer over the Mac's integrated AppleTalk networking hardware. It was followed by Spectre VR, an overall enhanced, network-centric title. Both versions were highly rated at the time and were awesome to play on the Mac's relatively high resolution, color display.

Spectre 3D is a well-done remake featuring various single player modes and up to four players over local Bluetooth and up to 16 players over the Internet. It features an impressive degree of configuration options and stereo-3D via anaglyph stereographic glasses. It's an instant-buy title for anyone that enjoyed the game in decades past, and should be a lot of fun for those unfamiliar, as well.

  • Anonymous

    Well; I'm getting this. Hoping for spectreCD content, but I'm a .99c addict as it is.

  • Anonymous

    I would never have given this game a second look, if not for the front page exposure. Tried the lite and bought the full after playing both the local and online games. Mighty fine game, indeed.

  • Lord Gek

    Color me confused but can the enemy tanks fire at me while I'm in the air without me being able to fire back down at them?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCP4WHWLUQHFIOP66SLEA7E5CA Hampus

    I am almost buying this just to support the developer for doing a universal release, a cheap one at that...

    Oh well might at least try the trial first :p

  • Mr. Reeee

    Cool. This was a favorite early Mac game! it's nice to se it resurrected for iOS!

    I'd love to see some other old Mac games brought back to life. Hellcats WWII flight sim would be top on the list!

  • Anonymous

    The controls are kind of uncomfortable on the iPad, too high up. I'd also love to see a strafe option.

    • http://toucharcade.com blakespot

      A strafe option for a tank?

      • Anonymous

        The rotating turret on a tank allows it to move and aim independently.

  • NomSain

    3D game on 3DS day

  • http://profiles.google.com/airwalke David DuBois

    Ahhh! I loved this game when I was younger. Immediate download.

  • http://twitter.com/richardtubb Richard Tubb

    Just checked Spectre 3D in the Australian App Store, price doesn't appear to have dropped yet... fingers crossed... :)

  • Vanamonde

    I think you may have missed the sale. The price changed back to full price in the UK around 1am.

    • Anonymous

      Doesnt look like its price has changed yet. Still 99cents in both US, UK stores.

  • Spectre dev

    Sorry, I forgot I had put an end date on the original sale; it should return back to 99 cents everywhere shortly.