Blast to the past with Midway Arcade for iOS

Anyone who grew up in the `70s and `80s will remember the lure of the arcade and the thrill of pumping coin after coin into a machine to have one more go on a tricky level. Games have come a very long way since the days of Defender and Spy Hunter, but these are classic titles that still have appeal.

While recent games such as Need for Speed and GTA have found their way onto the iOS platform, iPads and iPhones are perfect devices for a little retro gaming. Enter Midway Arcade to enable you to relive your youth or discover it anew.

The app takes the form of a virtual arcade that you can walk through and choose the cabinet at which you would like to play. You can choose between Spy Hunter, Rampage, Joust, Root Beer Tapper, Defender, Arch Rivals, Air Hockey, Arcade Basketball, Pool or Roll Ball, each presented in its original form complete with the original graphics and sound.

The virtual arcade is a nice touch, and the ability to play ten of the most famous games of all times for the insanely low price of 99 cents should be enough for anyone. You can also earn tickets playing the Arcade classics Air Hockey, Arcade Basketball, Pool, and Roll Ball which you can then exchange for prizes. But with arcade games such as those found in the Midway Arcade selection, it’s all about highscores. To this end, there is integration with Game Center so you can compete against your friends as well as the rest of the world.

As is becoming increasingly common, your game collection can be expanded through in-app purchases. The ten games that are included should keep you busy for a while, but if you want more titles to entertain you. The first game pack includes NARC, Total Carnage and APB, while the second pack includes Gauntlet, Gauntlet II and Wizard of Wor -- and there’ll undoubtedly be more to come in the future.

You can find out more and purchase a copy of the app by paying a visit to the Midway Arcade review page.

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