Taito Goes Retro on T-Mobile Phones
What do a cracked out kid, space invaders and a ninja have in common?
Taito Corporation announced today that three of its classic games are now available for download on T-Mobile phones as well as select models from Motorola, Nokia and Samsung.
The first game in the line-up is Rainbow Islands; a game that takes future Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move mascot, "Bub", and turns him into a kid who looks like he's had way too much "special" candy. Gameplay is similar to the first Bubble Bobble game with players navigating Bub around a series of platforms dispatching enemies and collecting items. Instead of shooting bubbles this time, however, Bub shoots rainbows that --in an odd foreshadowing of Kirby: Canvas Curse-- can also be used as platforms. If I'd been less sheltered as a kid, I'm sure this game would've tripped the hell out of me back when I first played it.
Also in the line-up is Space Invaders Pinball, which is more or less exactly what it sounds like: pinball with a Space Invaders motif. The hook is that as aliens and UFOs pop up on-screen, players attack them with the pinball while utilizing a variety of power-ups.
The final game is one that a lot of people remember fondly (or maybe not so much). The Legend of Kage is probably best known for allowing players to dash and leap across trees in a Crouching Tiger-esque fashion, but it's also notorious for having a single repetitive song that plays throughout the entire game. Either way, a lot of people played this, so you'll probably see a lot of gamers picking this up for the nostalgia factor alone.
These games will be available on the T-Mobile USA storefront at $2.99 a month or $5.99 for unlimited use.