You have a long ride back after an away game and want a fun, mindless escape. Why not go retro and download the Namco Arcade app?
This free app is all about '80s Japanese arcade gaming. Classic titles include Xevious, The Tower of Druaga, Motos and Phozon—all once playable only in arcades, but now available for your iPhone or iPad with high resolution graphics.
Xevious is a shooter game.You are the pilot of a combat aircraft named Solvalou, armed with a Zapper for aerial targets and a Blaster that drops an unlimited supply of bombs. The game is set in an exotic South American location with forests, airstrips, bases and ancient drawings that add to the puzzle.
The Tower of Druaga is a maze-based action game. You are the hero, Gilgamesh, who must rescue the maiden Ki from the demon Druaga by finding your way through 60 floors of a massive tower. Your Japanese-style sword and shield help block magical attacks.
In Motos, the concept is simple: you're in a bumper car trying to knock your opponent off the playing field. Easy to understand, fun and addictive. Enough said.
Phozon requires you to control a small black atom with red spikes called a Chemic, which sticks itself to passing Moleks. Watch out for the clump of balls, called the Atomic, which float around the screen and destroy Chemic if they touch. Sounds basic, but it gets progressively harder and faster in different stages, and it's a real test of your reflexes.
One of our favorite features of the app is that your score is recorded, along with those of other players around the world, on an online ranking board. You can scope out rivals in a global contest.
You get one free game each day after you download. To play more, you need to buy Play Coins, but if you like the games enough, you can just buy them outright and play all you want. The Namco Arcade app is a great way to try before you buy—and keep yourself entertained while on the road.
So get the team together for some '80s fun, or challenge each other on the ranking board from different locations. Head over to the app store to download the games for free.
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