You all are probably familiar with developer Paul Pridham, aka Madgarden, through his collaboration work with Rocketcat Games on titles such as Punch Quest [Free] and Death Road to Canada [$ 11.99], but did you know this one man wonder has also been making and releasing solo projects for many years now? It’s true! One such project is the extremely laid back space shooter Chillaxian [$ 1.99], which he originally launched back in July of 2013. As you might have guessed from the game’s title, this is an homage to the classic arcade shooter Galaxian, but like… more chill, maannnn. Move back and forth across the bottom of the screen as you fire at waves of enemies at the top of the screen. However, in Chillaxian these groups of enemies are much more lively and expand and contract in a mesmerizing–and yes, chill–kind of way. Blast through as many levels as you can, with checkpoints every ten levels and boss fights every 5 waves. It’s simple, relaxed alien blasting that we really enjoyed in our original review from 2013.
Well, if you were a Chillaxian fan back in the day then you may have noticed it got swept up in the great 32-bit Appocalypse of 2017. Madgarden isn’t going to let that slide though, and so this past Friday he released a brand new update to the game bringing it compliant with 64-bit and iOS 11 requirements. But wait, there’s more! He also added full screen support for the iPhone X, added some new enemy types and special effects, added humans that are floating through space for some reason which can be collected for extra points, and revamped the whole power-up system. Now you can actually scavenge and collect various power-up parts which can be combined to create a variety of unique setups. Hey, I would have taken iOS 11 and iPhone X support and been perfectly happy, but WHATEVER Madgarden go ahead and add new features if you must. I’m happy seeing such a fun space shooter continuing to live on, so if you’ve missed out on this one before definitely give it a look and if you’re already an iOS 11 sporting Chillaxian owner, hey, you can play the game again!
While the pace of them has slowed down a bit since iOS 11’s initial release back in September, I still get unreasonably excited when I see an older game I’m still clutching onto get a 64-bit compatibility update. Today’s winner: Disney’s Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse [$ 4.99]. The game originally arrived on iOS with zero warning or fanfare back in November of 2013, only a couple of months after its debut on consoles. There had never been a single update to the game since then, however, which led me to believe that this would be one lost forever in the great 32-bit Appocalypse. I’m very happy Disney has decided to update Castle of Illusion, and on top of just basic compatibility, the game even supports the new iPhone X screen. Check it out.
If you’re unfamiliar with Castle of Illusion, it was originally a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive game that released way back in 1990 and stars the world’s most famous mouse. It’s a platforming game that throws a lot of unique ideas into the mix, some of which are more successful than others. It also has kind of an uneven difficulty curve and overall the game is definitely on the short side. That said, the parts that work are truly enjoyable and Castle of Illusion arrived as a bright spot in a sea of by the numbers platformers at that time. It’s also charming as all heck. Those are the reasons Sega decided to pluck it from its history and give it a complete 3D remake back in 2013.
Despite its shortcomings and brevity, we really enjoyed Castle of Illusion on iOS back when we reviewed it in 2013. The controls are simple enough that they work quite well on the touchscreen, and while it’s not perfect there are far more delightful moments in Castle of Illusion than there are frustrating moments. If you have fond memories of playing through the original, this remake is especially enjoyable, and even if you have no experience with the Sega Genesis version Castle of Illusion is more than worth your time if you’re a fan of inventive platforming games. I’m super happy to see the iOS version continue to live on thanks to today’s update.
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The oversized controller from the original Xbox console — aka “The Duke” — is making a comeback on the Xbox One this holiday season, via Polygon. Accessory maker Hyperkin is partnering with Microsoft to bring back the legendary controller for the Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.
The new Duke is a slightly modernized version that will be, for the most part, a “faithful recreation of the original controller’s form factor.” That’s not to say there won’t be any new features: Hyperkin is updating the controller with “a logo display screen, left and right bumpers, and a 9 ft. detachable cable.”
The news is timely too, given that Microsoft announced earlier today that it would be adding…