Hey, guys, Phoenix [Free] is reborn! Developer Firi Games’ bullet-hell shooter is now available in HD form on the App Store. It’s also free to download on both the iPhone and iPad, though it’s supported via IAP content. We took a nice, hard, and long look at the original Phoenix back in October 2010 and dug what it had to offer. The integration of HD visuals in this particular version is a welcome and awesome addition to an already visually impressive bullet-hell style shoot-‘em-up.

Where you’ll be limited by the IAP is in ships, and oddly enough, leaderboard support. I guess the latter illustrates that Firi is confident that people who jump in will click with the action, and then get hooked to the scoring mechanics.

These screens and this launch trailer pretty much say all you need to know on a conceptual level. On a technical note, Firi is telling us that this will continue to run on 3rd gen iDevices, despite the whole "re-master for 4th gen" thing this project has going for it.

  • wohdin

    Not working on my 3G iPod touch. It launches, but locks up and then crashes at the main menu.

    • Tejas

      It works prefectly on my 3rd gen iPod , Is your the 8GB version? That was technically NOT a 3rd gen device.

      • wohdin

        64GB version. It's running 4.1, perhaps that's the issue? I REALLY don't feel like updating to find out lol...

      • Tejas

        Well the game's worth it, if you like shumps!

      • wohdin

        Well I do like STGs, but I think I have my plate more than full enough at the moment with the whole CAVE library lol. I'll try playing it again when iOS5 drops.

      • Alex

        The issue is know and described both at Firi's FB page and the app description. Basically you can play the game, but you have to log out of GC. It's a 4.1/4.2 isue only.

  • Evan

    Phoenix HD looks and plays fantastic on the iPad. I've been waiting for a Universal version of the game for a long time. It really looks like they have improved the game all-around.

  • Alex

    Phoenix HD is a total and absolute blast on my iPad! Really, the shmup on iOS for me. The pick-up and play nature of the game totally fits with how I feel about shmups most of the time.

  • Anonymous

    Playing on iPad 2 -- stunning, intense shooter. Makes you wonder why you have a console still plugged in somewhere in the house.

    • somedumbgamer

      Sell the console before the next gens hit. Just sold my ps3 and 30+ games

  • Strontium

    Loving this. hope to see iCADE support in the future

  • Strontium

    Loving this. hope to see iCADE support in the future

  • Strontium

    Loving this. hope to see iCADE support in the future

  • Strontium

    Loving this. hope to see iCADE support in the future

  • Strontium

    Loving this. hope to see iCADE support in the future

  • Aer2

    fun game, but not really into this type of gameplay, i.e. "see how far you can get on one life and then just start over".  at least they let you get hit a number of times before that one life is up.  also seems the hp regenerates after avoiding hits for long enough.

    • didn't say

      The green sparkles are health.  You don't regen.

  • Midgetcorrupter

    Feel a bit cheated as a player of the original. I bought both ships on that one and now in this version i have to not only buy them again, but buy a pass to post leaderboard scores? Now im not a hater of in app purchases like many, i quite happily buy additional content. But being charged to not even play online multiplayer/co-op, to just post to a leaderboard seems a bit of a scam.

    • H35k

      You`re paying for 20.000 leaderboards, basicly in every city you visit you get in on the action, kind of a cool feature. Would it feel better if the app was 99ct and the leadboards are free?