Capcom’s expeditions into the App Store thus far have often been port overs or re-releases of past console hits, like Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 4. The creators of Mega Man are taking that trend one step further with the newly unveiled Capcom Arcade, a free-to-download, officially licensed emulator for retro Capcom games. For now, the only games available to play are Street Fighter II, Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, 1942, and Commando, but Capcom has promised to update the arcade with new releases each month.
The arcade itself might be free, but to play these games you’ll have to use virtual tokens. Each day, you'll be alotted a few credits for free, but once those run out you’ll have to buy more or purchase the individual games outright.
Unfortunately, the emulated versions offered here aren't the best way to experience these classic games. In most cases, games are formatted to fit about 2/3 of the screen, with ugly black lines surrounding the tiny display area. Even worse, the limitations of touch screen controls are really hard to ignore, and despite the fact that every game’s control scheme can be fully customized to suit your needs, we had problems getting our plane to fly accurately in 1942, throwing a hadouken, and keeping Commando Super Joe from getting hit by a flashbang grenade.
That little blip up in the top part of the screen is allegedly a playable version of 1942.
Capcom Arcade is a free download, so if you're up for it, you can decide for yourself if the somewhat shoddy emulation is enough to keep you from dropping any real coins into this arcade machine.
PRICE: Mostly free, with the ability to purchase credits
2-D nostalgia at your fingertips
Shotty graphics, buggy controls