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The iPhone gains more “serious” gaming cred with C&C Red Alert and Doom Classic

C&C Red Alert iPhone

I think it’s safe to say that the casual gaming market is developing quite nicely on the iPhone, but with the release Doom Classic and C&C Red Alert , the platform is also starting to branch into more “serious” gaming territory. As an avid PC gamer it’s a change I definitely welcome, but I’ll be curious to find out how  these big name titles will fare with the pricing levels and expectations of the iPhone world.

You may or may not have heard of Doom. It’s a legendary first person shooter (FPS) pitting a lone space marine against all the demons of hell. Doom has been re-released on various platforms over the last two decades, and  it’s now on the iPhone with a decent set of controls and, most importantly, four-player local wi-fi multiplayer. Doom was the first network multiplayer game I ever played, and even though it’s 10,000 years old by current gaming standards, it’s probably still a blast to play in deathmatch or kill demons together in co-op. If you’re looking for an id software title to buy, I’d probably go for Doom Classic ($6.99) instead of the “newer” and similarly priced Doom Resurrection, which, in my opinion, is just a glorified rail shooter hiding in the husk of our favourite space marine.

C&C games were my first taste of real time strategy (RTS) games, and even though I can barely move my units out of my base without taking casualties, I still really enjoy taking on the role of commander on the battlefield. Red Alert lets you play as the Soviets or the Allies in a fictional WW2 setting, and the game features 12 single-player story missions as well as two skirmish missions for when you just want to build and destroy things — story be damned! There isn’t multiplayer yet, but EA says they’ll add local wi-fi and Bluetooth options soon. I hope to have a review for you folks later this week, but in the meantime you can pick up your own copy of Red Alert for $9.99.

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