Solar Minotaur Rescue Frenzy. Gloriously retro-tastic gaming from the legend Jeff Minter 
Wed, January 5, 2011 at 9:17 PM
iPad Creative in Games, Gaming, James, Jeff Minter, Retro

Jeff Minter is the man behind some of the most compelling gaming experiences to ever grace the computer screens of mortal Man. If you are of a similar age to Phil and myself, the iPad Creative team, there is a good chance that you have heard of such classics as Gridrunner, Revenge of the Mutant Camels, Psychedelia and Tempest 2000. During the 80's nobody showed such an intrinsic understanding of pure arcade fun as Mr. Minter. It's little wonder then that we contacted Jeff not long after the launch of the iPad to get his opinion on Apple's 'latest creation'. Jeff responded:

"Really looking forward to the iPad - I think it's one of the most exciting new devices to come out for quite some time.  Now come on Apple and give us a UK launch date."

Happily, Jeff was as excited to get to work on the iPad as we had hoped. Now, just a few months later, his first app is unleashed.

Solar Minotaur Rescue Frenzy is a true old skool arcade game, complete with VCS style graphics and 'a nice nostalgic glow'. As Jeff puts it:

"Then I thought: why not make some new games in the STYLE of the old games, but using modern hardware? By doing that I would be free to choose the things that genuinely were charming about the old games, but leave behind all that nonsense about sprite flicker, amnesiac amounts of memory and CPU chips with the mathematical ability of a wounded stoat. In fact we'd be free to do whatever we liked whilst still providing players with an aesthetic that will hopefully still produce a nice nostalgic glow.", "The goal of the Minotaur project is to make new games in the style of old hardware, but with none of the limitations of the original platforms and a thoroughly modern heart inside giving gameplay sufficiently rewarding and involving for today's players."

We can't deny that what we really want is an iPad inspired reboot of Jeff's classic light synthesiser, but until such time, Solar Minotaur Rescue Frenzy will do very nicely indeed, especially at just $0.99 (£0.59).

Note: Jeff Minter is also responsible for 'Metagalactic Llamas Battle at the Edge of Time', surely the best computer game title of all time.

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