Since the glory days of Neo-Geo, I’ve been a massive fan of Metal Slug: the run and gun series of video games that sees you blast the living heck out of everything from enemy soldiers to undead zombies and giant crab monsters.
Now a new iOS game set in the Metal Slug universe, called Metal Slug Defense, has been released — and it actually looks pretty good.
Unlike recent abominations like RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, which are the nostalgic equivalent of being forced to burn your favorite childhood toy while your first girlfriend points and laughs at you, this game has taken the superb pixel art, animations and manic destruction that fans loved about the Metal Slug series and turned it into an entertaining iPhone experience.
It’s freemium, but early reports suggest that this is integrated in a way that doesn’t render the game unplayable unless you keep its money-grubbing heart pumping with a constant supply of your life savings.
Either way, we’ll have a review for you soon enough, but in the meantime interested parties can download Metal Slug Defense from the App Store at the link below.