Bacteria™ Arcade Edition

Bacteria™ Arcade Edition


(2 stars)


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1,000 - 5,000 downloads

  • Retro music and artwork
  • 80's inspired gameplay
  • Three difficulty levels
  • Graphics should be enhanced
  • There aren't either online leaderboards nor achievements hall
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Expert's Review

"Protect your cells, avoid the infection"

Reviewed by / Jan 24, 2013

Bacteria is a vertical retro shooter

Would you like to be in the 80's gaming mood? Bacteria is going to bring you back there. A classic vertical shooter with some of the ingredients of the retro-formula: old-fashioned graphics, simple pad-killer gameplay action, lot of action.

The basic idea is to face waves of enemy bacteria that are trying to infect a last few remaining cells placed in the middle of the stage. You're on board of a ship armed with laser guns that can neutralize and destroy those bacteria. Thus, chase after them, aim and finish them off before any of them take a cell out of screen. If they achieve their goal or you lose your lives by hitting against bacteria, the game is over.

There are three difficulty levels: arcade, novice and insane. Likewise, the game can be played single or in co-op in-device multiplayer. Take of care not to shoot your fellow though, since friendly fire is allowed. Graphics, even pretending being retro, should be somehow enhanced: environment is too dark and effects are poor. The ship is controlled by a screenpad button for moving left/right, boosting and shooting. That's it.

Tags: bacteria arcade.

Developer's original description available here

* Two player simultaneous 'cocktail' play mode.
* Achievements and leaderboards.
* Classic 60hz retro arcade game action with addictive gameplay.
* Three levels of difficulty: Novice, Arcade, and Insane!
* Emergency hyperspace button!
* Two different control methods individually selectable per player.
* Keyboard support (cursors, X - fire, Y - hyperspace).

Warning: This is a strangely addictive game retro classic-style arcade game for one or two players!

It has freaky style classical music - be prepared to have it's tune fixed inside your head.

This game starts off slowly, but by wave 4 the game is frantic, lots of chaotic action that keeps you on your toes.

Inspired by multiple classic arcade games, the basic idea is to stop multiple waves of enemy bacteria from snatching away your last few remaining cells that are located in the center of the screen. However, there are also some bacteria who are intent on destroying you - so you must destroy them first. If you succeed in lasting 60 seconds then you will be rewarded with a further cell to protect on the next wave, and so on...

Two player simultaneous action: Bacteria™ Arcade Edition also features a two-player ‘cocktail’ mode, played like a retro cocktail table arcade game in which two players face each other and cooperate to save the cells and defeat the invading bacteria.

Recently changed in this version

v3.2 - Updated manifest for tablets

v3.1 - New control graphics, bug fix

v3.0 - New logo

v2.8 - Added achievments and leaderboards

v2.6 - Slight changes to make more similar to Ouya version

v2.5 - More enemy types added

v2.3 - Alternative control method, new touch sensitive menu

v2.2 - Two player 'cocktail' mode.

v2.1 - More arcade like control system

v1.8 - Keyboard support

v1.4 - Hyperspace button added

v1.3 - Powerups have been added

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Comments and ratings for Bacteria™ Arcade Edition
  • (30)

    by John P on 22/05/2014


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    by Faye O'Neill on 12/01/2013

    Played the 'cocktail' two player mode and it was great fun. It attracted quite a crowd with the speech sound effects playing every minute or so. There have been frequent updates, each one adding more and more to the game. Worth every penny. Recommended!

  • (30)

    by Alex Grimshaw on 05/01/2013

    Cool addictive retro style game

  • (30)

    by Darren Turner on 03/01/2013

    This app is absolutely fantastic. Not only do you get a true retro game that gets the blood pumping and the finger buzzing, you also find it hard to put down. Great trip down memory lane on how games used to be. EXCELLENT!!!!

  • (30)

    by Peter Harrison on 03/01/2013

    Highly addictive! A Real Retro Bast!

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    by Roger Womack on 03/01/2013

    Asteroids with a purpose, plays well, looks great.

  • (30)

    by Paul Carter on 03/01/2013

    Great retro blasting action!

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