favorite shoot'em ups (shmups) on the iphone?

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  1. Matthew Doucette

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    I'm developing a shoot'em up, and love them, but friends have been pushing me to make games for the iPhone instead of the Xbox... so since I am here, I thought I would ask:

    What are your favorite shoot'em ups (shmups / 2d shooters) on the iPhone?!
     
  2. slighmd

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    #2 slighmd, Jun 11, 2009
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    R-type FTW!
    oh wait.. there's no R-type for the idevice. So Hotfield and Sky Force.
    It'd be nice to have an R-type or something very very very very near that on the idevice
    ;)

    edit: judging from the screens and vid of Duality ZF, maybe a port to the iphone? :)
     
  3. Matthew Doucette

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  4. Matthew Doucette

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    #4 Matthew Doucette, Jun 11, 2009
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    If we could port it easily, we would, but we can't. We can port to the Zune easily, so we may do that just to do that. Of course if we knew we'd make 100x the money, then we would change our minds.

    I think a core game mechanic goes missing when you port a shmup to an iPhone, which forever curses its sales. Just a theory, but I'm going to look into it.

    ...

    Edit: Oh, and watch the Duality ZF trailer to get the full effect. Screenshots don't quite give the full picture. The game would have to be considerably "dumbed down" to port to either the Zune or iPhone:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TkG6J2CWvU
     
  5. sumiguchi

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    My game, Anomaly / Anomaly Lite, along with a few other recent releases have all implemented a dual thumb control scheme which works very well :)

    Anomaly

    Download Anomaly Lite for free - and try both portrait and landscape controls ;)
     
  6. sumiguchi

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    My game, Anomaly / Anomaly Lite, along with a few other recent releases have all implemented a dual thumb control scheme which works very well :)

    Anomaly Trailer

    Download Anomaly Lite for free - and try both portrait and landscape controls ;)
     
  7. jmarquiso

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    Siberian Strike. Definately.
     
  8. Alichan76

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    If there was no lag then Circuit Strike (I believe it is being sorted out. We shall see).
    Anomaly is really cool, although I wish it had landscape mode. (again I believe that's on the way)
    iFighter for its great tilt controls plus nice atmos.
     
  9. Matthew Doucette

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    After posting I stumbled upon Anomaly (and added you to youtube!) and saw your solution. That's great. Exactly what is needed. I knew something was needed, I just didn't know if it was possible and practical. Great job.
     
  10. Matthew Doucette

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    That's the best selling shmup (or one of the best selling games/apps for that matter), right? Correct me if I am wrong. This was the only shmup on the iPhone I heard of before coming to this forum.
     
  11. jmarquiso

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    Not initially, they dropped price and it did very well. It's well reviewed.

    You probably heard about it because it was a 2D Mobile port, though it's definitely made for the iPhone.
     
  12. RayLancer

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    Uh...

    circuit_strike.one
    iFighter
    S. Deadbeef
     
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    Not only is this thread almost a year old, the original poster has been inactive since this thread was created.

    Sheesh
     
  15. ipod_david

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    Ok, here are some to consider from me

    - Hotfield (hands down, supercool shooter for retro guys, remember DOS *haha*)
    - Icarus-X
    - Meteor Blitz (DS Shooter)
    - Isotope
    - Underground (the "other" type of shooter :D)
    - Roswell Fighter (beautiful UI)


    to see how a cool game becomes crap, load starcannon
     
  16. backtothis

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    Roswell Fighter
     
  17. DPRICE81

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    I like heavy gunner
     

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