New Retro News: Aug 7


Our core focus is highlighting new and existing modern retro-styled games to scratch that old school itch that umpteenth replays of The Magic Candle just can’t fix. However, we are choosing Fridays to sometimes post a quick summary of some interesting updates or developments, such as new versions or ports of existing new retro games.

In this week’s roundup:

  • Grimrock ported to iPhone,
  • Retro City Rampage gets DX treatment
  • up n coming shoot ’em up Z-Exemplar promises 961 levels of eyeballs and meteor blasting.

Read on, if you dare…

New port: Legend of Grimrock available on iPhone

You wouldn't like him when he's not angry, either

You wouldn’t like him when he’s not angry, either

The fantastic mushroom monster dancing simulator/dungeon crawler that was inspired by the likes of Eye of the Beholder and Dungeon Master has been available on PC (with sequel) and iPad for a while, but now it’s being updated to also work on iPhones, amazingly. You can even transfer your characters between iPhone and iPad using magic wizard power iCloud. Can’t quite imagine playing it on a phone screen, but hey, the option is there! (no news on android versions, sadly)

In development: Retro style shooter Z-Exemplar for smartphones


Z-Exemplar is “unashamedly retro”, according to its site. It looks like its taking style cues from the ZX Spectrum, with a mix of influences from asteroids to R-Type. Apparently it will also have a world map with.. 961 levels: “building each planet from modular sections that are strung together semi-intelligently and derived from a seed value. Within each modular section there are also elements that are swapped in and out to give variation and enemies are added or deleted based on the difficulty of the level.” Interesting indeed.

Re-release: Retro City Rampage goes DX

Retro City Rampage was a homage to the 80s and 90s, to the max. It kind of relies on its references a bit too much, but it’s a fun goofy game. A new update calling itself “Retro City Rampage DX” has emerged, boasting new content, new zoom modes from 1X-3X zoom, a better map system, with interactive waypoints and “improved 8-BIT/RETRO+ modes”! There’s a half-price sale on GOG too, meaning its up for grabs for about $5 at the moment.


About J.C

I grew up in the dark dingy arcades of the 1980s, blasting heads with Robocop 2, but grew up in an era that spanned the introduction of the x86 home computer, through to the 16-bit revolution, into the polygon age and beyond. I write about food, travel and of course, New Retro Games. I started and contribute to I am also a freelance business researcher, writer, and editor having published academic and corporate articles on innovation and intellectual property.

Posted on August 7, 2015, in Arcade, RPG, Shoot 'Em Up, [News] and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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