One of my favorite scrolling shoot'em ups got a fancy modern remake this year with Infinite Dreams' Sky Force 2014 [Free]. It took the original game and gave it a massive graphical overhaul, as well as many other bells and whistles that come with modern mobile gaming like online leaderboards and tournaments. This remade version turned out really phenomenal, but Infinite Dreams still has some more planned for Sky Force 2014. They've posted some new screens in our forums for the forthcoming Stage 8, which you can see in the screenshot on the left while the screenshot on the right is from a cutscene that'll play just prior to the boss battle on that stage.

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Stage 8 will feature a new tower type which you can see in the screen above, a sort of spinning plasma windmill of death. Pretty cool. In addition to the new stage, this update will add a couple of new Tournament Stages and will fix the price drop and VIP rescue notifications that currently don't do anything if you act on them when they show up on your device. The update is finished and was submitted to Apple about a week ago, so it should be showing up pretty soon.

In terms of a traditional arcade shooter (aka not a bullet hell shooter), I'd say Sky Force 2014 is right up at the top on iOS, and I'm looking forward to the new stage. If you haven't tried it out yet, it's free, so there's no reason not to give it a download.

  • Anotherkellydown

    "In terms of a traditional arcade shooter (aka not a bullet hell shooter), I'd say Sky Force 2014 is right up at the top on iOS, and I'm looking forward to the new stage." I have to agree, and am very excited for level 8 too! You gotta play more though, Jared!

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Hah, yeah I do. Too many games and not enough time :)

      • Edwin Ramirez

        What a terrible life you have.

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        I hear that!

  • the_rebel14

    Yay! Love this game. It's great that it'll be getting more levels.

  • MajorCheevo

    Been a good game . Has a lot of grinding but still very solid.

  • Tonk Montana

    Awesome!

    • PNem

      I enjoy this game, but it's a big stretch to say they are "adding" stage 8. That's always been in the game, waiting for enough people to finish level 7 before unlocking. Still need 60,000+ as of now.

      Perhaps they are just unlocking it and removing the poorly-conceived "must have 100,00 people get to this point before unlocking the stage" mechanic that has hidden both stages 7 and 8 from play.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        That's not true. Stage 8 was incomplete when the game released, they chose to launch with what they had so as to not delay any longer. This update will in fact add stage 8.

  • Christian Valentin

    That new tower looks formidable, going to be fun weaving between those bullets.

  • mj12

    I wish this was iOS 6 compatible, but I've got my eye on it for when I upgrade

  • Edwin Ramirez

    I barely made it to level 5 after hours of grinding enough stars. Great game but the grinding makes it to repetitive.

  • Spudboy

    I've spent about $20.00 usd on IAP, my ship is in pretty good shape.
    Still no way to avoid the EMP weapon. So here I grind away.

    • Edwin Ramirez

      Grinding required even after paying 20 dollars? That really doesn't sound good to me.

      • Spudboy2012

        I finally beat Level 5. 6 was easy. 7 oh that Boss. I don't think I will go back to 5 unless I have to. Was more like work then playing a game.

        Unfortunately I have more money then skill. It's been a lot fun playing.

    • Bytebrain

      It's not hard to avoid the EMP. You just need to move slowly in big circles, but it's not necessary to avoid it to complete all objectives in level 5.
      All it does is remove your weapons.
      After your ship is disabled, the challenge is to avoid the bullets from the towers, pick up the survivors and stars.
      Not necessarily in the same run.

  • Jack Skellington

    I wish it was a full game. I wouldn't have minded to pay for the whole experience.

    • Bytebrain

      What do you mean?
      It is a full game.
      If you pay for removal of the ads and timer, it's a premium game.
      Pay for the coin doubler, grinding is minimal.
      It's the best shmup on the AppStore IMO. Bar none.

      • Edwin Ramirez

        Yeah, a full game doesn't need of paywalls or timers.
        Although I agree that the grinding would be a lot less with buying the star doubler.