Most iOS gamers know that when they need a dose of craziness one of Llamasoft’s games is typically a good place to start. If you are itching to get your fix of Jeff Minter’s brand of gaming then you’re in luck, as his latest title Super Ox Wars [$1.99] has hit the App Store...

Since he started making games for iOS, indie developer Jeff Minter of Llamasoft has really been cranking them out. The guy has been making games -- and, rather unique games, I might add -- for over 30 years, but I don't believe he's ever dished out one after another faster than he's doing for Apple's platform. And that's really good news for iOS gamers because all of his iOS titles are rather well done and worth playing. His latest title, Five A Day [link], which just landed in the App Store, comes close on the heels of Gridrunner for iOS, his excellent remake of his original 1982 VIC-20 game and one of the best shooters on the platform...

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...

Jeff Minter Bringing iCade Support to Llamasoft Titles

I've long been a fan of Jeff Minter's unique take on game design, and his iOS releases are in my list of best games to be found in the App Store. His titles all drip definite old school appeal, and so I was extremely pleased to see his recent tweet indicating that he has worked iCade support into all of the iOS titles where it makes sense...

"Climb up, tryst with amorous billy goats, eat grass, give birth."..

Last month, we previewed Jeff Minter's latest iOS creation: Minotron: 2112. This time Minter reincarnates Llamatron from the Atari ST, which was a Robotron-like multi-directional shooter...

Early last month we previewed Solar Minotaur Rescue Frenzy from noted psychedelic shooter author Jeff Minter. The game is basically a trippy combination of Asteroids and Space War! played on the screen of the iPhone or iPad and marks the first in a series of Llamasoft games that are part of the "Minotaur Project," an effort by the developer to release numerous titles featuring retro gameplay, progressing forward from the Atari VCS aesthetic to the VIC 20, Commodore 64, and beyond...

Last December we reported that legendary, long-time game developer Jeff Minter of Llamasoft had fixed his sights on the iPhone, adding it to the extensive list of platforms for which he has developed games over the past 30+ years. We recently checked back in with Jeff to see how things are coming along and were pleased to hear that his first App Store release is just weeks away...

In the hills of western Wales there lives a man known to some as YAK. This man surrounds himself with sheep, goats, llamas, and the like. By his own description he is, like his four-legged friends, a bit of a "scruffy hairy beast," himself. He is incapable of turning down a quality curry, and, likewise, incapable of developing a game that does not break with tradition and bend the mind -- to some extent, at least -- of the player. And while the name YAK was spawned by necessity due to early arcade machines only recording three letters in the high score lists, he does have a real name. To normal folk -- those perhaps outside the video game world -- he is known as Jeff Minter. And to me, he has long been known as the king of indie game development. And Jeff "YAK " Minter has, at long last, found the iPhone...

One of the many things I love about iOS gaming is how critical it's been in the revival of one of my favorite genres from the past: the shoot-em-up. Several years ago, shoot-em-ups were pretty much down to just Cave's excellent games, with the odd release here and there from others. Now, we're pretty much drowning in them. Of course, like any healthy genre, there's a lot of stuff not really worth your time or money out there, but, more importantly, there are a lot of games that are worth both. BlastTrax [$0.99] certainly tries to put its own spin on things, and while it's not quite up to the variety of some of the better shoot-em-ups available, such as Dodonpachi Blissful Death [$4.99] or Phoenix HD [Free], if you don't mind something a little smaller, you'll still probably be pretty happy with what you get for your money...

I came to Jeff Minter's oeuvre late, around the time of the XBLA release of Space Giraffe. I mention this not (only) to display the depths of my ignorance, but to provide context: there's more to love in Gridrunner [$0.99] than just nostalgia. For anyone who missed the heyday of the Commodore 64, Minter's iOS titles might seem a bit unapproachable, but consider giving them a shot – they might surprise you...

After getting together to pick our official best games of 2011, we also had our writers take a look back at the last year and compile lists of their personal favorites along with their reasons why...

Our ratings for games we reviewed in September are now in place, and we now present to you the ones that are on the top of the heap. Each game reviewed receives a 1-5 star rating relative to the other games from that month. Generally, a 3 or higher is considered a "good" rating...