rtypeiconIn November of 2009, in a still fairly young App Store, it was a pretty big deal when we first learned than an official port of the classic side-scrolling shooter R-Type would be coming to the iPhone. It wouldn't be until August the following year when it finally did release, but it was worth the wait as the iOS R-Type was a thoughtful port of the original game that worked really well with its various touchscreen control options.

Well, as you may or may not know, that original iOS port of R-Type was developed by DotEmu and published by EA, and at the beginning of the year that publishing deal expired and the game was subsequently pulled from the App Store. DotEmu decided to take that opportunity to polish up the game with a few new features and fixes and re-release it under their own label, which brings us to the R.TypeΒ (with a dot, not a dash) that hit international App Stores today and will be available in the US at 11pm EST tonight.

First off, this version of R-Type is extremely similar to the EA-published version before it. Not surprising, considering it's a port of a 25-year old game, but in terms of features it retains most of what it had before. There is the option for direct touch control or a virtual pad, and in this new version you can place the virtual buttons anywhere you'd like on the screen. The option for tilt controls, however, appears to be absent in the new version.


You also get all the neat video features we've come to expect from DotEmu releases. A video filter can be toggled if you prefer sharp edges on your pixels or a more smoothed out look. Also an option for scanlines, if you really want to relive the old arcade days. Finally, there's an option for a windowed version in its original aspect ratio or running full screen, which fills up the widescreen of the iPhone 5 nicely. Sadly, it looks like the "faux arcade cabinet" option from the first version isn't present here.

Wrapping things up, this new release of R-Type features Universal iPad support and Game Center integration for leaderboards and achievements. It also features the Normal difficult mode as well as an Unlimited mode which gives you as many lives as you need, which could be a lot as R-Type is notoriously difficult. There's an unlockable Insane mode too if you're up to snuff, and once you've beaten a level in any mode it becomes unlockable from the stage select screen so you can play through specific levels without going through the whole game.

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If you own the original EA-published version of R-Type, the biggest reasons I can think of to re-purchase this new version are for widescreen and iPad support. The handful of other new features are great too, but at the end of the day there's still the stellar 1987 arcade shooter at the core of both games, so it really depends on what's most important to you. If you're interested in picking up R-Type when it hits the US App Store tonight add it to your TouchArcade [Free] Watch List to get a reminder when it's out, and be sure to see what folks in our forums are saying about this new release.

International App Store Link: R.TYPE, $1.99 (Universal)

  • Eseres

    YEY! I asked about this just a few days ago πŸ™‚ And here it really is! Can't wait to get this one. R-Type was one of my childhood games that i played the most on my GameBoy and Super Nintendo. Thanks for the heads-up on this one TA, since i rarely check the AppStore for new games and apps. TA RULES!!!

    • memphis12

      Did u mention it on another games comments as that's what I thought of when I seem title. Feels like every classic game is hitting the App Store

      • Eseres

        Yeah LOL! When i think about it, it might have been in the Duex Ex: The Fall review πŸ˜€
        I should throw some more old school titles out there just to see what happens LOL!

        Discworld! Zelda! Duck Hunt! (Hint, hint.) Okey, scratch Duck Hunt LOL!
        I just got to try πŸ™‚

        Any more suggestions?

      • memphis12

        Yeah it was Deus Ex lol

        KOTOR & Baldurs Gate have already made me a very happy guy... But Fallout 2 (original PC turn based game) Baldurs Gate 2, Xcom 94, Golden Axe, Gouls N Ghosts, Final Fight, Streets Of Rage, Beyond Good And Evil, Planescape, Never Winter Nights, and give me Final Fantasy 7 and I'll cream my pants :p

      • Eseres

        I'd like some of those games too πŸ˜€
        Wish there was a place we could write up games that we would like on mobile plattforms.
        This TA app would be a great place for something like that, since some developers actually communicate with their customers.

  • ikelleigh

    The thing about this game is that once you learn the pattern, it's not as fun. Needs to be more random.

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  • araczynski

    will probably buy this just for the unlimited mode πŸ™‚ skipped the first release due to the EA ball&chain, and always wanted to play through this, but was never interested in the frustration awaiting me.

  • Flynn Taggart

    I feel like I buy this game every time it comes out, but I've never made it past the third level.

  • Eseres

    Oh my, oh my... That did NOT turn out to be as cool as expected...
    Jesus, those controllers were straight out crap to say the least.
    Why did they make the control stick like a cross-pad? It was close to impossible to move the ship as you need to. That kind of shattered the game experience. They should have used analog sticks for better flow. I bet there was a warning from someone who wrote one of the aricles somewhere, but did i listen? Oh no...
    My bad. Well, that game went straight into my "do not recommend" -book like a bat out of hell. The game lasted about 1 minute and 3 tryes on my iPad.
    Untill they fix that controller issue, you're better off playing something else for now.
    Such a shame really. I had such high expectations for this one... Sorry, developers. Just didn't quite make it for me.

  • CecilMcW00t

    I hope DotEmu does R-Type 2 and R-Type Leo as well!

    • Unadan

      What is r type leo?

  • Unadan

    Past 11 pm EST. still not available.

    • Eseres

      Search for it in the AppStore and you'll find it. Just type R.Type and not R-Type.

  • KusanagiShiro

    I have models of the craft from this game.

  • Jzracin

    Has anybody played this yet how are the controls