DotEmu’s remastering of the vintage arcade shooter R-Type has been released on Android and is optimised for the Xperia Play.

Players will be able to use the Xperia Play's PlayStation controls to get a more authentic arcade feel, or they can slide the phone down to play with touch controls.

R-Type's gameplay hasn’t been tampered with at all in the transition to Android - good news for purists - so you can look forward to playing the original eight levels with all the same weapons, power-ups, enemies, and end-of-level bosses.

The game comes with two difficulty settings – Normal and Hard – with the latter unlocked once you've completed the game on Easy setting. It also comes with OpenFeint support, which allows players to compare scores and show off to friends.

The game is out now and costs £2.59 on the Android Market [link].