It's hard to think of a less specific genre than the shooter. So we thought we'd break it down a little bit, giving you a series of lists about the different types of blaster you can download from the App Store. With this one, we're going to look at the top 3 arcade shooters you can grab for your iPhone or iPad right now.
Of course there are loads of arcade-style shooters on the App Store, so there's a very good chance that we've missed out on one of your favourites. If that's the case, make sure you let us know about it in the comments section down at the bottom of the article.
We'll start off the list with one of the best shooters in recent memory. There are plenty of good ports on the App Store, but this is an original game with a lot going for it. The explosions are all chunky pixel bursts that are going to put a smile on your face, and the controls feel better because they were designed from the ground up for touchscreen. It might have a strange name, but that's really the only blemish against this one.
Where the other games on this list wear their retro trappings on their sleeves, this one is a sleeker, more modern blaster. It's a top-down, twin-stick shooter with a thick 3D art style that keeps things exciting but uncluttered. It's a little more obscure, and takes a little more to get into, but it's definitely worth putting the work in.
This one comes from the always amazing Crescent Moon Games, and sees you controlling a spaceship as you fly up the screen. As with the rest of the games here, it's all about shooting everything to death. It's got some gorgeous old-fashioned graphics, it plays brilliantly, and there's a huge heap of challenge just waiting for you. It's the sort of challenge that's actually a challenge as well.