Video gaming icon and goat enthusiast Jeff Minter has just pushed out the latest offering from his development studio Llamasoft, called Caverns of Minos [$1.99], which has just gone live in the App Store. Caverns of Minos offers a similar brand of retro-inspired gameplay and psychedelic visuals, and, just in case you were worried, a hefty dose of minotaur rescuing.
Caverns of Minos is a mishmash of genres – part cave flyer similar to Lunar Lander, part rescue game sort of like Choplifter, and part vertical shmup like... well, about a million games since the dawn of time. Its biggest influence was an old Atari title called Caverns of Mars, which should be immediately apparent to those familiar with that game. Caverns of Minos boasts 4 different ships to pilot as well as 21 different caverns to explore and complete. You're tasked with rescuing minotaurs as you explore each cavern looking for a special item which must then be delivered back to the mothership. Yep, this game has that great Jeff Minter craziness we all know and love.
Check out this developer gameplay video which shows Caverns of Minos being played on the iPad, and then about halfway through demonstrates its iCade compatibility:
Our resident retro expert and Minterologist Blake Patterson has already spent extensive time with Caverns of Minos, and the consensus seems to be that "the game is great." We'll be taking some time to write up a proper review beyond just those four words in the very near future, so definitely keep your eyes peeled for that. However, if you're a fan of Llamasoft's previous App Store offerings, or just a fan of retro-style arcade games in general, then it's probably a pretty safe bet to just go ahead and pick up Caverns of Minos, and you can always head into our forums for even more on the game.
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