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R-Type II Released to Google Play, an Old-school Space Shooter Optimized for NVIDIA SHIELD

R-Type II

A fun new game hit Google Play this week, titled R-Type II. Many of you might have played R-Type, which has been on Google Play for some time, but apparently the galaxy is in trouble yet again. As always, the fate of its existence lies solely with you. We won’t lie – it’s hard being a full-time hero. 

The game is a classic space side-shooter with retro ’80s graphics. You take command of a ship that must go through waves upon waves of baddies, collecting power-ups and special weapons along the way. Each level you shoot your way through has its own boss character, and from the looks of the trailer, they are not to be messed with.

The game has been designed to be played on many different Android devices, but it has been optimized for only a few; namely NVIDIA’s hand-held gaming console SHIELD. Thanks to the built-in controllers and buttons, SHIELD is pretty much the ultimate Android gaming machine.

The game runs $1.99 on Google Play, and from the looks of it, there doesn’t appear to be any IAPs. Hallelujah.

Play Link ($1.99)

  • gpaine

    Ah, bringing me back to the childhood Gameboy Color days. Happy memories. *tear*

  • Alan

    I remember the R-Type games. I played a few of them and never beat any. All the plane type shooter games I’ve played were way to hard for me.

  • James Hill

    Optimized for SHIELD? There’s a way for you to corner your market, and SHIELD is not very popular.

  • Mark Twain

    I have been hooked on HonorBound:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.juiceboxgames.honorbound

    Check it out. If you can make a post on Droid-Life about this game that would be awesome

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Cool, I’ve always wanted to play games that look 20 years old.

    • Ryan Lounsbury

      Some of the best games ever made came from the late 80’s and 90’s 8-bit and 16-bit and they are still better them much of the crap out there today. Master of Orion, Master of Magic, Star Wars: X-Wing & TIE Fighter, Contra, R-Type, Wing Commander, Gauntlet, and many others. Just because they don’t have sexy graphics doesn’t me they aren’t spectacular games.To that end it makes the perfect for mobile platforms.

      • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

        @ryanlounsbury:disqus I don’t understand people who’re nostalgic about old technology like that. It’s in the past, it deserves to be there. Kill it.

  • Tim

    Ahem, those are retro 90’s graphics. (16 bit didn’t happen until ’91 for us)

    • HarleyGuy72

      Wrong. 1987 to be exact.

  • antinorm

    Looks sort of like Zero Wing.

    • Chris M

      R-Type came out first so other way around.

  • Walter Partlo

    I wonder how this runs with a Moga?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Runs perfectly. Optimized for Moga controllers, as well.

      • HarvesterX

        Oh sweet…thanks Tim! Was reading this here just now and wondering the exact same :)

  • Fry

    And if you can’t download flappy bird anymore, I found a game called “iron pants” that is very similar and actually pretty nice besides the occasional Ad popup.