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Exclusive Preview of Cope-Com’s ‘Battle Squadron’ on the iPad

Regular readers have seen us mention the classic Amiga platform in various capacities over the years. An extremely influential gaming platform, the Amiga outperformed all of the consoles of its day and delivered to users the best home gaming experience that could be had (not to mention robust general purpose computing, to boot).

The Amiga’s game library includes thousands of titles, many of which are just superb. We’ve been fortunate to see a number of Amiga classic ported to the iOS platform, opening these titles up to a new generation of gamers. A few such titles that come to mind are Flashback, Krypton Egg, Qwak, Beneath a Steel Sky, Giana Sisters, Pinball Fantasies, Pipe Mania, Babylonian Twins, and the upcoming Speedball 2, not to mention the iAmiga emulation system.

I’m happy to report that another Amiga classic is about to make its App Store debut as a native iOS title: Cope-Com‘s vertical shooter Battle Squadron, one of the very best Amiga shooters ever developed and a particular favorite of those of us here at TouchArcade that have spent time in front of an Amiga.

We’ve been in talks with Martin Pedersen and Torben Larsen of Cope-Com for weeks regarding their soon to be released iOS title. We’ve been tracking the game’s progress and have just gotten the heads-up that it’s now complete — start to finish — with only menu and transition elements left to be put in place. And, in celebration of the new year, the developers have given us exclusive access to a brief demonstration video showing a bit of in-game action from the iPad version.

I’ve been gaming for 30 years now, and can honestly say that Battle Squadron is probably my favorite 2D shooter of them all. It’s a sequel to Cape-Com’s Amiga shooter Hybris, which will also make its way to the App Store sometime later this year. I can’t wait to get my hands on both of these titles and share reactions with our readers. Stay tuned.