February 1, 2012 | Andy Boxall
Retro games remain very popular, especially on iOS, and there are plenty of great games in production at the moment that fans of the genre should know about.
We’ve gathered together five retro games that are coming soon for iOS, mixing some remakes of old classics with some ‘retro-inspired’ titles from developers with an established history in producing great games.
A huge hit on the ZX Spectrum, Football Manager is being adapted for the iPhone by its original creator, according to his blog. The game is going to be modernized for its iOS debut, so expect something a little more graphically impressive than the screenshot below! Not that it will really matter, as Football Manager was all about the gameplay rather than flashy looks.
At this point the updated Football Manager doesn’t have a release date.
A game with retro spirit, this racing title comes from the developer of the excellent Qwak, an Amiga platform game ported over to iOS some time ago. According to the preview blurb, Retro Racing will be a fast-paced classic racer where accuracy on the track and strategic use of power-ups will be needed to win.
You can see the latest trailer below, and it’s looking like a lot of fun. If Qwak is anything to go by, it’s going to be a little gem. There’s no release information as yet.
Another classic Amiga shoot ‘em up from Cope-Com, the development team behind Battle Squadron and its excellent iPhone port. Little has been revealed about the iOS verison of Hybris, aside from a 2012 release date, but if the care and attention given to Battle Squadron is anything to go by, it’ll be worth the wait.
A game with a troubled history, Putty Squad was originally made for the SNES, Amiga and MS-DOS, however only the SNES version ever made it on to the shelves. An iPhone/iPad version of the platform game has been promised for a while, but has never appeared to our knowledge.
System 3 recently announced it would be bringing Putty Squad to the PlayStation Vita, and apparently an iOS version will turn up in February too. Will it happen this time?
This classic beat ‘em up has been available for just about every other platform over the years, so it makes sense it should be ported over to iOS too. Instead of being a straight remake, the game has been given an overhaul in the graphics and audio department, however the head-chopping gameplay seems to be fairly similar.
The trailer below promises a February release for the iPhone and iPad, plus a variety of other systems, all of which will be able to play each other in a multiplayer game.