OUR FAVOURITES

Blasts from the past

Cruise up and take aim with these classic arcade games.

Fashions may change, but style lasts forever. And if there’s one great gift the eighties gave us (aside from neon leggings), it’s little videogame spaceships accompanied by big pixelly explosions. Here are some of our fave games inspired by those arcade classics.

Bullet Hell Monday

If you think your Mondays are bad, spare a thought for this poor pilot: they start their week facing a never-ending hail of neon bullets, with just the slimmest little space to slip their ship through. It takes real dexterity to dodge enemy shots while keeping your own lasers on target, making it incredibly satisfying when you unlock the highest-scoring achievements.

    Bullet Hell Monday

    Shmup for everyone

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Galaga Wars

Going on a bug hunt…in space!

When Galaga first landed in arcades back in 1981, it was a revelation. This modern remix keeps all the essential ingredients intact: yes, you’ll still need quick reactions to win and yes, there are still waves of enemies in quantities we can only describe as ginormous. But this time, a smooth touch interface helps steer your ship exactly where it needs to go.

    Galaga Wars

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Steredenn

The old world meets the new in this glorious mashup that blends random level generation with beautiful pixel-art graphics. How far can you fly before a brutal boss fight brings you down? Who knows, but one thing’s for sure – your next run will be totally different.

    Steredenn

    Binary Stars

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Galaxy Attack: Alien Shooter

Boss battles are extra tactical as you need to focus fire on different areas: shoot smart and you can disable their weapons or movement.

It’s a classic love story: ship meets powerup, powerup gives ship four times the cannons, then powerup fades away and ship is left heartbroken. But then! A new powerup! That turns you into a completely different kind of ship, with homing lasers! Ah, a happy ending for everyone. Well, apart from the hordes of angry aliens on the other end of all that firepower.

    Galaxy Attack: Alien Shooter

    Space shooter game

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Missile Cards

After all that frantic blasting, it’s time for something a little more strategic. Missile Cards turns retro base defence into a tense tactical showdown, as you lay down cards to charge up your HQ’s cannons and take out oncoming comets. But every deployment comes with a cost, and the comets don’t stop coming: you’ll need to plan a few moves ahead to come out on top.

    Missile Cards

    Explosive strategy card game

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