10 Most-Wanted Retro iPod Ports
The initial batch of iPod games was noticably retro-free, with the exception of the ubiquitous Pac-Man. We tell Apple what retro goodness we want...
Apple took the high road with their initial batch of iPod games, and refused to allow their little device to just be a dumping ground for retro ports. In fact, Pac-Man from Namco is the only retro title currently available.
We applaud Apple's efforts to focus on more modern ports and original content, but there's no denying that some retro titles seem to have almost been made for one-handed scrollwheel control.
We compiled a list of the 10 retro games we most want to see ported to iPods everywhere. To prove how hardcore we are we made sure to include a couple super-obscure titles (Circus Atari), to sit alongside the more obvious choices (Tempest, Gyruss).
Be sure to leave a comment below about what we did (or didn't!) get right. That way we can steal your ideas for Retro iPod Ports Vol. 2!
Gyruss is a classic Konami shooter where you span your ship around in a circle on the outer rim of the screen, shooting inwards ar baddies swarming up at you from the centre of the screen. It would work very well to have the scrollwheel controlling your ship, and its just the right kind of vintage for your average tear-eyed 30 something iPod users. -Philip Jones
Track & Field
Another Konami gem! You know the drill, hammer the buttons to make your guy run faster. Only with the iPod scrollwheel it'd be a case of how fast you could spin your thumb! Using the centre button to do your timing tasks like jumping over hurdles and such. Surely a game like this would see an increase in repetitive strain injury worldwide, but it'd be worth it! -Philip Jones
There's always been something likable about digging around underground and blowing up enemies with the help of an air pump. Namco's arcade classic has been making the rounds for years, since its early 80's debut, and remains just as playable and enjoyable as it was back then. It's about to debut on the XBLA service, and Namco continuously makes it a staple in their Namco Museum series, so I can't see why it wouldn't be an ideal choice for the ipod game service. -Robert Falcon
Taking gaming back to its roots in the time when spaceships were king and floating rocks were the bad guys.. An ideal candidate for ipodding up if ever there was, the controls of the iPod were MADE to play Asteroids on surely. The graphics would probably need a modern day overhaul though - it could be hard to see thin vector lines on a small screen. [i]-Philip Jones[/b][/i]
Forget Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast for the PSP, what we handheld gamers really need is the original. The cult classic had all but vanished up until a couple years ago, and with new comers enjoying the recent additions to the series, it's vital they get their hands on what made us all fall in love with the series to begin with. It's pretty obvious on why the game seems like a natural fit to the iPod and its gaming service as the wheel controls could replicate an actual steering wheel quite well. With it's fun and exciting gameplay, it's hard to deny the greatness of the original Outrun and it's about time we relive that glory. -Dan Biersdorf
Super Sprint is a classic Atari racing game with a top down view of the racetrack. It's the sort of racing game where the gas pedal is permanently pressed firmly to the floor. It's a game that more than anything else requires precise timing on the cornering and juuuust the right amount of steering to avoid becoming one with the crash barriers. -Philip Jones
This fun all-directions shooter has enjoyed a bit of rebirth recently on the Xbox 360 arcade service, and I think it's ideal for the iPod. You basically fly from time era to time era, blasting enemies and boss planes while also collecting little parachuters for bonus points. The game has a classic appeal that will not only attract fans of the original game, but plenty of new ones along the way. Great fun. [i-Robert Falcon[/i]
Atari's vector graphic classic blaster had you spinning a dial to move your claw shaped shooting thingy over neon blue web tubes suspended in space, blasting away at the abstractly shaped fiends making their way towards you (think Xbox 360 Geometry Wars... onlyin a pipe!) This game, as far as I know has never been available on any handheld device, it'd be ideal for arcade blasting on the go. -Philip Jones
This fun little Atari 2600 game is timeless and perfect for a revamping on the iPod gaming service, if only because it's incredibly addictive and funny. The fact that you have to keep two players perfectly balanced as you pop balloons and keep the flow of the game going is enough to intrigue players for hours, with the disastrous results of a bad landing just waiting to land a chuckle out of someone. No service should be without this game. -Robert Falcon
Galaga is what I've chosen (and I stand by it, dammit!) but really, any of the 80s shooters that locked your ship at the bottom of the screen would be a good choice. Think Space Invaders, or Centipede. With the ship locked onto one axis, I can imagine it being seductively simple to enter a scrollwheel-induced zen gaming experience. Scroll left, scroll right, fire, repeat. In fact a lot of those old shooters used a trackball. They're perfect! -Justin Davis