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Zaxxon Escape Released for Android – 30 Years Later and It’s Still Great

I will admit that I wasn’t around in 1982 and given that information, you will allow me to be somewhat ignorant on what the hit games of the day were. From what I hear, Zaxxon was pretty popular in those things they call “arcades” and today, Zaxxon is back! With a completely re-imagined look, it reminds me of Temple Run, but in space. You’re flying down this corridor and as you come upon turns you swipe the screen to go different directions, shoot your laser cannons to collect points, and above all else, don’t crash.

The game is $0.99 and offers 30 different objectives for you to complete. Definitely a good way to blow some extra time you may have. And hey, if you were around to enjoy the original Zaxxon, tell me how this one compares. Would love to hear a good story.

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  • SolipsisticPsychologist

    I played this when I was younger, and I know at the time, it did not have in-app purchases, I wonder if this PAID game does? Seeing as it is the current trend to rip your customer’s off, and Droid Life only seems to plug and support criminals from the Market. Well, needless to say, I’m not holding my breath about actually getting the ENTIRE game, if I buy this. But as always, reading through a huge amount of reviews, usually gives me a heads up if I’m about to waste money buying an app from a criminal, seeing as we can’t trust the developer to be open, and honest, and mention in the description that the game is crippled and has in-app purchases.

  • sung

    looks horrible

  • ddh819

    reminds me more of afterburner or galaxy force rather than zaxxon

  • Raven

    Definitely re-imagined “Escape”. I would take an updated top down shooter over this version any day. I love me some good space shooter action.

  • bionicwaffle

    I loved Zaxxon! I had Super Zaxxon on my ColecoVision Adam. It was actually worth waiting 5 minutes for it to load from the “high speed” tape drive;) Sega also has the original Zaxxon available in the Wii download store for the Virtual Console for 800 points.

  • exzaybien , you’re not the only one)

  • Abbie Rosario

    I remember Sewer Shark. Similar concept.

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  • Nick S

    Effing loved me some Zaxxon back in the day. I’ll spend a buck on this.

  • Havoc70

    Ahh yes i remember playing this in the Arcades, will have to grab a copy and see how the new version stacks up

  • woot

    Is it just me or is tim all over some flying games lately…

    • K mentioned that too. Pilot Tato at your service lol

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        I bet you saved a ton of time not typing “ellex”, huh? Or do you boys pretend you are acting out the movie “Men In Black”, and refer to each other by a first initial only? “YO! T! How be da site be doin boyyyy?!” “Yo! It be mad phresh K!”

  • I was around for the original zaxxon and played the heck out of it on my colecovision back in the day. This has no resemblance other than a name. Though I will give it a play when I get a chance.

    • KleenDroid

      I still own my original pong from the 70’s with the two knobs.

      • michael arazan

        Namco really needs to port Galaga onto android and play, my all time favorite 80’s game

        • CopierITGuy

          ^^^This times eleventy billion!

    • CopierITGuy

      I rocked out Zaxxon on my Atari. It was always one of my faves. I’ll have to give this a try.

  • exzaybien

    I think I’m only buying this because of all the quarters I used to drop in it at the arcade

    • I certainly dropped way more than 4 quarters, so much so that I think I (and anyone approximately my age) should get some sort of a “pre order” discount on this…!

      • +1’000 With inflation, those quarters equal $1.50 per credit. They OWE us some change.