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There are those of us at a certain age among the MacLife.com writers who take pride in having lost a big chunk of our youth at the arcade, feeding game machines with quarters. For us, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad have become like a blast from the past as the video games of our misspent childhood return -- and now we have 16 more to get excited about.
As first reported by The Verge, Warner Bros. has just released the 99-cent Midway Arcade, a universal app that comes packing 10 classic ‘80s-era video games, with the option to purchase up to six others. Retro gamers like us have been waiting and hoping, and Midway Arcade has delivered.
Say it with us now: Defender! Joust! Rampage! Yes, these are all included in the purchase price, along with lesser-known memories such as Spy Hunter, Root Beer Tapper, Arch Rivals and simulations of non-electronic games Air Hockey, Arcade Basketball, Pool and Roll Ball.
Midway Arcade features a nicely retro interface which takes you on a tour around a virtual arcade, complete with a jukebox that allows users to play music tracks from your iTunes library and a virtual prize redemption center. Oh, and it includes Defender… did we mention how much we loved that game as a child?
Should you tire of the 10 games included with the app purchase, Warner Bros. is also offering two 99-cent in-app purchases, each with three additional games. The “Action Game Pack” includes NARC, Total Carnage and APB, while the “Adventure Game Pack” brings Gauntlet, Gauntlet II and Wizard of Wor. (Was that a chill that just ran down our spines?)
But yeah… Defender! No telling how many quarters we fed that game as kids. Now that we’ve got you seriously pumped up about Defender and all the rest of the games, be sure to grab the 44.1MB Midway Arcade today -- the 99-cent price is billed as a “limited time launch sale,” and at barely 10 cents per game, you’d be crazy not to grab it. After all, Defender alone is worth more than 99 cents… that was, like, only four games for us back in the ‘80s!
Too bad we’ll never see Donkey Kong come to iOS… oh well, we’ll go play some Defender and all will be right with the world…
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