5 Arcade Classics for Your iPhone
Ever get the hankering to play some classic arcade games, but, alas, you're nowhere near your arcade? Or your go-to place is Granada Hills' Family Fun Arcade, which is set to close?
If you have an iPhone, you have plenty of gaming options for those long stretches of time spent in waiting rooms or in the passenger seat of a car. Some companies, like Atari and Capcom, offer Arcade apps that allow you to purchase multiple classic games. Some fan favorites are available to purchase alone. Occasionally sample versions are available for free download.
Below are five arcade staples available in iOS form.
5. Ms. Pac-Man
Because chomping down on power pellets never gets old, Ms. Pac-Man also comes in an iOS format. Ms. Pac-Man Lite is the free version of the game. It's one level, so if you want to play through the rest of the game, you'll have to upgrade for $4.99.
There is a joystick option for this game, but it really doesn't mimic the feel of actually playing with a joystick. I prefer playing in the Swipe (Classic) mode. It's still a little awkward, but less so than pretending I'm using a joystick.
Namco also has an iOS edition of Pac-Man.
4. Dance Dance Revolution
I was a bit apprehensive about playing DDR by tapping my fingers on a cell phone screen, but this 99 cent app is actually a little addictive. DDR S+ comes with three songs you can use. There is an ample library of additional music you can purchase, ranging from Lady Gaga to LCD Soundsystem. There are both Training and Game modes, both of which feature a variety of levels and different features. In Game mode, you can pick one of several different characters to play.
Conceptually, this is really similar to the arcade versions of DDR games. You tap your fingers on a pad that resembles the dance floor of the arcade game and match up the arrows as they float up to the top of the screen. It sounds easy, but it really isn't. Judging from the disclaimer at the beginning of the game (see above image), it's safe to assume that DDR S+ can get fairly intense.