DotEmu will be bringing the classic arcade game R-Type to Android Sept. 12th

Probably one of the most well known arcade side-side scrolling space shooter games to come out back in the day is R-Type. Well publisher DotEmu will be bringing the classic 1987 game developed by Irem back to life except this time it will be on Android devices and not big arcade machines.

R-Type will land on Android just like you may remember it from back in the day, in full pixel graphic glory and all. You’ll be piloting the R-A9 Arrowhead just like in the old days too with all the power-ups and bullet dodging you can handle.


  • Large amount of power-ups and items to collect
  • Strong enemies and bosses at the end of each level (total of 8 levels)
  • The famous Charge shot for more power
  • OpenFeint support
  • Same awesome retro graphic goodness
  • Two difficulty modes



R-Type will also be coming with a new control set they are dubbing the ‘full touch controls’ which will allow you to directly control your ship. While that doesn’t help us a lot in knowing what exactly they mean by that, we are guessing it’s referring to the ability to touch anywhere on the screen to control your ship, not just a virtual d-pad.

R-Type will be available Sept 12th on both the Android Market and the Amazon App Store. No word yet on pricing but you can check out the full press release below.

Developer Website: DotEmu


Top 80’s Shoot’em’up R-Type™ soon on Android devices
Available on September 12th 2011


Paris, France – August 25th 2011 – DotEmu, developer and publisher specialized in bringing retro games back to life, is proud to announce the imminent release of the emblematic R-Type™ for Android devices.

Initially developed and published by Irem in 1987, R-Type™ has become an essential game on arcade cabinet, Amiga, Atari, Amstrad, Commodore 64 and PC. Today this masterpiece is ported for Android devices by DotEmu. The publishing will be handled by DotEmu in Europe/USA and by Worker Bee Inc in Japan.

Pilot the R-9a Arrowhead, the last hope of human race in its war against alien invader Bydo!

R-Type™ for Android is a real diving in your youth and will include all the feature of the original:

  • A large amount of items and powers-up to collect through various and sharpened sets.
  • Strong enemies and bosses at the end of each level (8 altogether).
  • The famous « charge shot » for more power!
  • Share your results with your friends with OpenFeint!
  • R-Type™ for Android will come along two difficulty modes and a new intuitive control system – full touch mode – to directly control your spaceship. Get your hand on a real blast from the past and (re)discover all the hype from the 80’s!

    R-Type™ will be available on September 12th 2011 for Android Market and Amazon AppStore for Android.

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