Remember the hours and hours you wasted as a kid plunking quarters into the Zaxxon machine, scorning the other kids for playing 1942 and Galaga? Yeah, neither do I - odds are pretty good that if you're reading this, Sega's admittedly unique isometric shooter was slightly before your time. Still, there's got to be plenty of Android gamers eager for a nostalgia trip in 3/4 perspective, right? For those middle-aged gamers, Zaxxon Escape is now available in the Play Store for a mere buck. At the cost of just four single-run games from 1982, that's a bargain.

But hold on to your quarters, shmup fans. This isn't the Zaxxon you (possibly) know and love. Instead of the isometric perspective that made the original a minor classic, this full 3D version put the camera behind your spaceship, tasking you with shooting enemies and avoiding obstacles in a narrow corridor. The graphics are certainly appealing, but the tilt controls and simple gameplay probably won't appeal to those who would rather have the old Zaxxon on their Android device. It's more like you're playing through the sequence at the end of Return of the Jedi, with the Millennium Falcon replaced with a less iconic spaceship.

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And I'm sorry to say that in-app purchases have reared their ugly heads, even in a paid game. To upgrade your armor and weapons, you'll have to use in-game currency, which - you guessed it - can be bought in vast amounts for just a few of your real greenbacks. C'mon, Sega, if you're going to go this route at least make the game free. Alex Kidd wouldn't stand for this.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Amos

    I almost bought it but the list of permissions it requires is a bit ridiculous. Why does it need access to phone status and numbers called, etc?

  • dp03

    I had this:
    http://www.miniarcade.com/coleco/zaxxon.htm growing up. Yes it was as awesome as it looks.

  • marcusmaximus04

    Looks exactly like the original Starfox.

  • Greyhame

    Music rocks. Looks confusing tho. Reminds me of Wipeout (XL, 3, etc)

  • defred34

    I like the Star Wars reference...that is almost what this feels like. If only there was a black plane in front...

  • http://twitter.com/watermelondog watermelondog

    looks cool.. but would make me throw up vertigo

  • dethduck

    In-app purchases like this need to go the way of the dodo. While I dig the nostalgia factor (loved Zaxxon back in the day on my Atari 400), I'll stick with Galaxy on Fire2. Far better game than this.

    • defred34

      Come on, they're not even remotely comparable. GoF2 is a proper game with storyline missions etc. This game is a reskin of an endless runner basically...well, an endless runner with wings.

    • marcusmaximus04

      Ya, and why bother playing Skyrim? Half life is a WAY better game.

  • fzammetti

    Ok, you could just install MAME, get the ROM and play the real thing, all for nothing. I may buy this later anyway because, yeah, I very much remember this game, loved it in fact... I remember playing it in these things called "arcades"... go hit up the Googley, or whatever you young whipper-snappers are using today, to see what that is. Even a bastardized version like this could be fun. But again... MAME and the original ROM FTW.

  • http://www.facebook.com/long2know Stephen Long

    Funny ... I was playing the arcade version of Zaxxon on Mame/Hyperspin last night... and even fired up the Colecovision version to show my daughter how bad home console games were when I was a kid .. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/eyecandies M Bayaa

    I strongly dislike in-app purchases. A lot of games that have that feature are fun to play, up until the point where you have to start buying crap. I usually end up uninstalling the game, much to my dismay. You guys should make a list of top games that do not have in-app purchases.

  • burritoman

    Sounded so cool til the in-app purchases. Pass.