Five classic Dreamcast games you can play on your iPhone!
This week, Sega teased iPhone and iPad owners with the promise of Crazy Taxi, its arcade and legendary Dreamcast console classic. It’s out this month, but it’s far from the only Sega Dreamcast game you can play on iOS.
Sega’s swansong of a games machine may be long gone, but it’s not forgotten. Read on for five Dreamcast classics that have been resurrected for touchscreens.
ChuChu Rocket was to the Dreamcast what Wii Sports is to the Nintendo Wii: the free game that came with the console, but proved to be far more addictive than most other titles. The goal is simple: place tiles down to guide the mice away from the cats and into their rockets (Because, you know, the whole mouse-space connection). It’s not so easy when others are trying to sabotage you though. It’s £1.99, but perfect on iPad, where you can play multiplayer all on the same screen.
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
One game the Sega Dreamcast didn’t have was Super Mario 64. Rayman 2 was the next best thing though. It’s a charming romp through a 3D world of pixies, lumbering reptiles and pirates, and the limbless star is almost as charming as the plucky plumber. It’s a vast, vast game, making it a bargain at just £2.99 (Word of warning: the iOS port was released several years ago, and hasn’t been optimised for any iPad).
Soul Calibur stunned the world on its debut: its graphics were leagues ahead of anything yet soon on a games console. Its swords and axes beat’em up gameplay was every bit as good as Tekken or Street Fighter’s too, and it’s now been resurrected for iPhone and iPad in glorious Retina Display graphics. At £10.49, it’s a pricey iOS purchase, but grab a mate and Bluetooth multiplayer will make it all worthwhile.
This third party shooter was cruelly overlooked, even at the time, but now that you can play it on iPhone or iPad, it’s well worth returning to. The British team behind it, Bizarre Creations, packed in a huge, hard puzzle game behind the adorable graphics, shooter mechanics and hilarious pop culture references, and it’s a steal at just £1.49.
Jet Set Radio
With its beautiful cartoon graphics, Jet Set Radio spawned the cel-shaded trend in video games. The stunning soundtrack and unusual gameplay (skate around a city dodging cops and laying graffiti all over the place) were ahead of its time – much like the Sega Dreamcast – and have stood the test of time, as the recent HD release on Xbox and PS3 proves. It’s headed to iOS and Android this year, so keep an eye out for it.
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