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The Best Retro Inspired Arcade Shooters

The arcade shooters of yesteryear have a timeless style that is still appealing today. Whether it's Space Invaders, Galaga, Asteroids, etc, they are still quality experiences. There are a number of similar games on iOS either to try to replicate the classic style, or offer a modern twist.

Galaga Wars
Super Arc Light
Shooty Space Adventure retro arcade shooter
Million Asteroids
Space Invaders Infinity Gene

Best Apps

Highest scored apps in the category

Battle the waves
Galaga Wars

Galaga Wars

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe

The galaxy is your battlefield.

In 1981, Galaga was released by Namco as a sequel to Galaxian, from a couple of years before. A shoot-‘em-up featuring starship fighters battling against enemy aliens, it quickly became one of the most successful titles from the golden age of arcade video games. And now, in celebration of 35th anniversary, it has been reimagined for mobile gamers and nostalgic players alike in the form of Galaga Wars.

Retro style
Plasma Sky - a rad retro arcade space shooter

Plasma Sky

John Dunbar

If you love rad, retro shooters, you need Plasma Sky.

Plasma Sky is a retro styled arcade space shooter that features awesome, neon vintage graphics and plenty of content. If you liked Galaga, then you will like Plasma Sky. The game features over 100 levels, several different game modes, boss fights, power-ups, and plenty of content. Plus, it's good enough for both casuals and hardcore gamers alike. How many points can you rack up?

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The Bug Butcher

The Bug Butcher

Noodlecake Studios Inc

It’s Time to Wreck Havoc on Space Bugs as The Bug Butcher

The Bug Butcher is a popular Steam game released earlier this year that has made its way to iOS. Take on the role of the best bug exterminator in space and make sure that no nasty space bug escapes your wrath.

Defend your base
Super Arc Light

Super Arc Light

Channel 4

A fast-paced twitch reflex shooter.

In Super Arc Light, your job is to defend the base by shooting down the waves of enemy ships. The one-touch control scheme allows you to shoot and change direction along the circle. Master the simple controls to lay waste to your foes and get maximum points. Then discover and unlock power-ups to use in battle for even more points.

Also Good

Apps with average score

Retro gameplay
Velocispider

Part spider, part velociraptor, part robot. But lots of explosive action.

Velocispider

Velocispider

Retro Dreamer

Velocispider is a retro action arcade game where you take control of a robot that is half spider, half velociraptor, but all explosive attitude. Fight other deadly robots before they destroy the planet and take down the terrifying bosses before they cause further damage. You're going to need all of...

Fight off tough foes
Towaga
Towaga

Towaga

Sunnyside Games

TOWAGA is a fast-paced 2D Arcade/Shooter game where you play Chimù, a masked sorcerer entrenched atop The Legendary Temple of Towaga. React fast, stay focused and use your lightbeam to exorcise the creatures surrounding you.

We hope you’ll have as much fun discovering the game as we had making it !

*The...

Shooty Space Adventure retro arcade shooter
Shooty Space Adventure retro arcade shooter
Shooty Space Adventure retro arcade shooter

Shooty Space Adventure retro arcade shooter

Firecannon Pty Ltd

Rule the skies in this free arcade space shooter! A modern twist on classic arcade games of old.

Blast your way through enemies and compete with friends to see who can survive longest in this addictive fast paced, action arcade style shooter.

GAME FEATURES:
* Infinite galactic fun
* Smooth arcade action
* Huge enemy...

Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork
Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork
Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork

Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork

Pixeljam

JOIN THE GLORKIAN WARRIORS! Visit awesome asteroids! Blast strange invaders!

**PLEASE NOTE: This game requires iPhone 4S or newer, iPad 2 or newer, iPod Touch 5th gen or newer**

“It’s a ridiculously charming game that makes me smile every time I play it.” - Cult of Mac

“It really is quite the delight.”...

Million Asteroids
Million Asteroids
Million Asteroids

Million Asteroids

SummerTimeStudio Co,.Ltd

SummerTimeStudio Vol. 12

SummerTimeStudio, the mobile game development studio in Okinawa, Japan, brings you its 12th game. “Million Asteroid” is a theme-based game of the grand universe where situations change rapidly in a completely new, intuitive flash 3D puzzle game that will push your right brain to the limit!

Save the forty...

Hectic Space
Hectic Space
Hectic Space

Hectic Space

James Swiney

"Hectic Space makes blasting aliens feel as good as blasting phat techno beatz" - 4/5 148Apps.com

"Hectic Space is a charming little game that captures the craziness and fun of old arcade titles" - 5/5 cultofmac.com

*** Hectic Space is now Premium ***
No more ads, no more inapp-purchase. Just one small price...

Pixel Asteroids
Pixel Asteroids
Pixel Asteroids

Pixel Asteroids

Sylok Media

Old-school 80-s pixel game.

Help to save our planet Earth from an asteroid collision!
Spin 360 degrees, shoot, lean and do everything possible to avoid a hit by an asteroid or any kind of space dust.
Stay alive as long as possible by shooting and avoiding the asteroids.
Imagine yourself a spaceship pilot...

Flip Invaders - Endless Arcade Space Shooter
Flip Invaders - Endless Arcade Space Shooter
Flip Invaders - Endless Arcade Space Shooter

Flip Invaders - Endless Arcade Space Shooter

Andrei Voinicaru

Fight against waves of invaders in a arcade space shooter with a twist: warp between the bottom and top of the screen at anytime.

To sum things up from the aliens’ perspective brilliantly: “Increase speed, drop down and reverse direction!”.

A tribute to classic video arcade legends like Galaga, Invaders, Galaxian, and...

Space Invaders Infinity Gene
Space Invaders Infinity Gene
Space Invaders Infinity Gene

Space Invaders Infinity Gene

TAITO Corporation

Award-winning and critically acclaimed!

91 Metascore on Metacritic!
Featured in the App Hall of Fame!
Named Best Retro Reborn Game at the 2009 Best App Ever Awards!
Gamasutra's top iPhone game of 2009!!
Winner of the Gold Award and the No.2 game on Pocket Gamer's Q3 2009 Quality Index!

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Blue Attack!
Blue Attack!
Blue Attack!

Blue Attack!

Cat in a Box Games

Attack the Red planet!

Blue Attack places you on the front lines of the intergalactic war between the Red and Blue forces. Use the scraps picked up from your enemies' wrecked hulls to turn your squadron into an unstoppable army!

Protect your carrier, upgrade your wingmen, and cut a path clean through...

Alien Space Retro
Alien Space Retro
Alien Space Retro

Alien Space Retro

Owens Rodriguez

***Previously Featured on iTunes Games "New & Noteworthy", "What's Hot", and "What We're Playing" sections!***

The best space shooter in the App Store is now Retro! Inspired by classic arcade games, Alien Space Retro combines the best of old and new, bringing dual-stick shooter gameplay to a new level. Your mission:...

Isotope: A Space Shooter
Isotope: A Space Shooter
Isotope: A Space Shooter

Isotope: A Space Shooter

Affogato LLC

"Isotope probably has more content than any other shooter and is one of the most addicting iPhone games that I’ve ever played." - 148Apps

"Isotope Lite: A Space Shooter" - A "Must Get" Game" - TouchArcade

"If you haven’t yet, please please please get Isotope" - TouchMyApps

"Isotope is a fully featured, visually...

Asteroids: Gunner
Asteroids: Gunner
Asteroids: Gunner

Asteroids: Gunner

Atari

“Asteroids Gunner is the most entertaining and addictive version of one of the greatest arcade games of all time.” – AOL Games

Experience the next evolution in Atari’s legendary Asteroids franchise!

Blast your way through deadly asteroids fields and alien war ships to become the most wealthy and powerful“Asteroids Gunner is the...

Watchlist - Retro Arcade Shooter
Watchlist - Retro Arcade Shooter
Watchlist - Retro Arcade Shooter

Watchlist - Retro Arcade Shooter

William Cole

YOUR ACTIONS HAVE BEEN EXAMINED AND IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED YOU HAVE VIOLATED OUR NATION'S LAWS AND HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO A WEAKNESS IN OUR NATION'S SECURITY.

TO BE OFFERED A SECOND CHANCE YOU MUST PROVE YOURSELF TO HAVE REALIGNED WITH THE PRIORITIES OF OUR SOCIETY...

YOU MUST TRACK DOWN AND ELIMINATE FOUR...

Asteroids®: Gunner +
Asteroids®: Gunner +
Asteroids®: Gunner +

Asteroids®: Gunner +

Atari

“Asteroids Gunner is the most entertaining and addictive version of one of the greatest arcade games of all time.” – AOL Games

Experience the next evolution in Atari’s legendary Asteroids franchise!

Blast your way through deadly asteroids fields and alien war ships to become the most wealthy and powerful Gunner in...

Other Apps

Could be good for special cases

Asteroids!

Asteroids!

Martin Duriska

Save your spaceship! Avoid or destroy the dangerous asteroids. Collect coins and upgrade your ship and get some advantage for better higher scores. Share your highest score with your friends via game center. Unlock 21 different achievements. Have fun.

Controls:
Rocket is controlled by virtual joystick and two buttons A for rocket boost and B for fire.

Game is featured with:
- Cool music and sound effects.
- Shop with many improvements.
- Spaceship can fire and destroy asteroids.
- Spaceship has a boost for fastest movement.

Game Center:
- 2 leaderboards
Highest score leaderboard.
Number of collected coins leaderboard.
- 21 different achievements

Heavy Rockets - cave shooter game

Heavy Rockets - cave shooter game

Majasalmi Ltd

Prove you’re the fastest and deadliest rocket pilot. Challenge friends or shoot for high scores in furious battles and races across the galaxy.

The classic cave shooter has returned, and it’s on iPhone and iPad! Take flight with your rocket and blasters, with specially designed controls that feel just like the arcade. Hone your skills in high-speed race maps and dangerous battle zones – then play with friends via shared Wi-Fi, ghost rockets, Game Center or Facebook. Collect gems to upgrade your ship – but remember, when you’re facing a rival rocket only your skills can bring you victory!

Features:
• 19 CHALLENGING ARENAS (more coming soon)
• RACE MODE: Who will survive a high-speed chase through an underground course, and be the fastest among friends? Race mode is the way to find that out.
• BATTLE MODE: An underground dogfight in which the last pilot flying is the winner.
• REAL ARCADE FEEL: The weighty, responsive controls of an arcade cabinet, reproduced on iOS devices and tested with real players.
• MULTIPLAYER: Battle and race with friends in real-time on the same Wi-Fi network. Share and race against friends’ ghost laps any time.
• SCORE CHALLENGE: Compete with friends for score supremacy through Game Center and Facebook.

HeavyRockets in social media:
www.facebook.com/heavyrockets
www.twitter.com/heavyrockets
www.instagram.com/heavyrockets