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  • Summary: TAITO's shooting classic RAYFORCE is back, in iPhone form!
    Now featuring a special optimized iPhone mode with intuitive one-finger controls!
    *-**-*** RAYFORCE Details ***-**-* TAITO is famous for arcade shooting games, and the RAY trilogy is one of the most beloved series! Ever
    TAITO's shooting classic RAYFORCE is back, in iPhone form!
    Now featuring a special optimized iPhone mode with intuitive one-finger controls!

    *-**-*** RAYFORCE Details ***-**-*

    TAITO is famous for arcade shooting games, and the RAY trilogy is one of the most beloved series!
    Ever since the 1993 release of the trilogy's first installment, RAYFORCE, fans have been thrilled by the game's cinematic visuals and gorgeous layered raster scrolling graphics. RAYFORCE became a 2D shooting instant classic, and now it's available for iPhone and iPod touch!

    *Two Game Modes: iPhone Mode and Arcade Mode!
    The iPhone Mode provides a new, iPhone-optimized experience with simple flick-style controls.
    For the hardcore, Arcade Mode is a faithful touchscreen recreation of the original arcade game.
    *Two Shooting Methods: Auto and Manual!
    Auto Mode provides automatic, button-free firing for both the standard weapon and lock on laser, allowing players to take on this challenging game with a single finger.
    Manual Mode adds weapon controls (a toggle for the standard shot and a fire button for the lock on laser), providing a more arcade-like play experience.

    *Two Display Types: Zoom and Original!
    The Zoom display enlarges the play area, filling the entire iPhone screen with dynamic visuals.
    For the purist, the Original display mode delivers a pixel-perfect rendition of the arcade game's screen.

    *RAYFORCE's gorgeous graphics and striking raster scrolling, perfectly recreated!
    RAYFORCE owes much of its unique look to the arcade technology of the time, and no expense has been spared replicating those visuals for the iPhone edition of the game.

    *RAYFORCE's enchanting soundtrack is back!
    One of the highlights of the original RAYFORCE experience was its sound design, perfectly replicated here under the supervision of TAITO's ZUNTATA sound team.
    *Game Center Compatibility!
    Individual rankings have been prepared for each stage and for each game mode.
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 14, 2012
    75
    Bar a bit of slowdown, it's impressive stuff. [Apr 2012, p.90]
  2. Jan 23, 2012
    70
    Ludicrously expensive given both the format and the age of the game, but a loving adaptation of one of the best ever 2D shooters.
  3. Jan 21, 2012
    70
    Playing RayForce is a lot like taking class A drugs. Not that you load up the game and attempt to smoke your iPhone (that doesn't work, I've tried it), but the trippy, swirling graphical effects thrown at you while playing have roughly the same effect as prancing about in a sweat soaked warehouse rave, off your face on an Ecstasy pill.
  4. Jan 26, 2012
    70
    RayForce delivers coin-op shooting action straight out of 1993, but technical niggles and a ridiculously high asking price mean that it's unlikely to find a wide audience on the iPhone.
  5. Jan 17, 2012
    60
    Had RayForce been $0.99 or even $3.99, I would've recommended it, since the game has plenty of fans and takes me back to the 90s. The price, sadly, is a huge sticking point, and quite frankly, you can pick up plenty of better games for less.
  6. Jan 21, 2012
    50
    This game may be a AAA title for the gaming giant, but it is 13 years old, putting it somewhere in the hinterlands between classic and dated.
  7. Jan 21, 2012
    50
    We think RayForce is better suited for arcades than for your iOS device. Its price tag and quality makes it feel underwhelming. Fans of this game or the shooter genre might want to pick it up at some point, but while it's 12 bucks, you should spend your money on something else.

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