If you're old enough to remember a time when arcades blanketed the landscape, you probably also remember Raiden. This top-down scrolling shooter debuted in 1990 and attracted legions of fans. Now more than 20 years after it showed up in an arcade cabinet, you can play Raiden and its three sequels on your Android device courtesy of DotEmu.

This single download contains the original Raiden, Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2, and Raiden Fighters Jet. All these games follow the tried-and-true formula of shooting absolutely everything that appears on the screen. There are 15 ships to unlock and take into battle, each with unique weapons and abilities. There are two control schemes; one that approximates the classic arcade experience, and one that's refined for a touch screen.

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The game does still have a solid retro vibe, but video filtering smooths things out for a more enjoyable experience. Raiden Legacy runs $4.99 in the Play Store and is supported on all the devices I've checked.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • moelsen8

    You have no idea how long I've been waiting! Instant buy!!!

    • nhizzat

      Instant buy here too!

  • Matthew Fry

    quality arcade games!

  • Jason Hayes


    *cough cough*

    • Cheeseball

      MAME4droid lacks proper touchscreen controls. (e.g. uses on-screen buttons)

  • fox

    5 bucks for a '99 game in 2012 ?? wtf? I think that the android community deserves better games for the present hardware and GPU capability. I think this is another reason for me to change the side with apple, they shure have lots of eye candy games and they do not bother to port some old shit MAME GAME.

    Ok, i get there are geeks among us that want to play that MAME shit but please..develop a real game and do not charge that much for a fking ported game.

    Shit, this game is for grandmas.

    • Cheeseball

      How unfortunate are you to not realize that these "MAME" games have better gameplay than the eye candy games you wish the Android community would have. It is quite evident that the he graphical quality in this "dated" 2D game is better than possibly 90% of the games you see on Google Play.

      And DotEmu also ported it to iOS due to high demand from their side as well, so it's not just the Android "geeks" that wanted it.

      I would suggest you play it and see if this game is really for "grandmas", considering the steep difficulty the Raiden series has.

  • QuanahHarjo

    Playing any fast action game on touchscreen MAME is fairly terrible. Adapting the game to touch-drag seems like a good idea, as is the continuous fire mode. Might have to pick this one up...though i might also wait to see if it goes on sale.

    • Bill

      I'm not too worried about saving $2.00.

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