[Update] The ultra retro space shmup Z-Exemplar has launched on Android and iOS
iOS version out now
You can enjoy its various weapons, stages, and secrets for £2.99 / $3.99 on iPad and iPhone.
You'll remember our own Christian Valentin bringing Z-Exemplar up last year. Well, now Android users can finally get their hands on it.
Z-Exemplar is a side-scrolling shooter that looks so retro I can practically smell the sweet bubble gum and metallic tang of arcade money. Picking up inspiration from shmups the like of R-Type, Nemesis, and Gradius, Z-Exemplar challenges players to 'conquer a galaxy of 961 semi-procedurally created planets/levels'. That's a lot to touch on.
Along the way you can upgrade your ships, win medals, and discover galactic secrets while you're at it. Its 8-bit art style is just perfect for this type of sci-fi shmup and really gets the bumps a'goosing.
Released on Steam last year, Z-Exemplar launched on Google Play this week for Android devices, so grab it for £2.99. Though iOS hasn't hit the ground just yet, the dev has promised on the forum page that an iOS release 'is imminent'.