R-Type unleashed onto Android, retro game fans get all giddy

If you have ever played in an arcade back in the day then chances are you’ve dropped some coins into the R-Type game that has been a classic in the arcades for awhile. Last month we reported on this awesome ’80s shooter coming to Android and now the wait is over.

Brought to us through developers DotEmu, R-Type is straight out of the arcade and now available on your Android device. DotEmu has kept the game just the way it used to be with all the levels, items, retro graphics and abilities that the original arcade game came with and built some touch screen controls so we can play this 1987 classic which was originally developed by Irem.


  • 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



The good news is that you won’t have to use an onscreen D-pad or anything like that to control your ship and instead you will be able to touch anywhere on the screen to controls your movements. You can pick R-Type off the Android Market right now for $2.99 and get that retro gaming fix you need this Monday morning. Full press release available below for your reading pleasure.

Thanks to Roger Lyons for the heads up!

Developer Website: DotEmu

Android Market Link: R-Type


Classic Shoot’em’up R-Type available today for Android devices


Paris, France – September 12th 2011 – DotEmu, developer and publisher specialized in bringing retro games back to life, is proud to announce the release of the emblematic R-Type for Android devices.

Pilot the R-9a Arrowhead, the last hope of human race in its war against alien invader! Your mission is clear but not so easy: blast off and strike the evil Bydo Empire!


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 and published for Android devices by DotEmu SAS.


R-Type for Android is a real diving in your youth and will include all the features you enjoyed in the original game:

  • 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 for Android is compatible with devices running on OS 2.1+ and with a screen resolution of 480×320 HVGA or above. Supported devices will include Samsung Galaxy S / Google Nexus S, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, etc.

    Also great news for fans, R-Type Androidis officially Xperia PLAY optimized providing the best user experience!

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