Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to another special Classic Reload, a semi-random feature where we take a look at a classic game from the App Store's past. Yes, it's been a couple of months since the last one, and I do apologize for that, but I hope to get on at least a monthly schedule from here on out. Anyway, for those who didn't read the last column or don't remember, the Classic Reload is a feature dedicated to digging out some iOS treasures that may not be getting much attention anymore. It's a chance to see how old favorites are holding up nowadays and take a deeper dive than we may have in past coverage. If you have suggestions for games to feature in the future, make sure you let me know by commenting below.
This time around, the game we're looking at is Space Miner: Platinum Edition [$3.99], the shiny, modern version of the recipient of TouchArcade's 2010 iPhone Game Of The Year award. Developed by Venan Entertainment, it's an incredibly compelling evolution of the Asteroids style of shoot-em-up. It features the great action and oddly soothing satisfaction found in the moment-to-moment gameplay of Asteroids, but with a huge set of overarching goals that come from exploring the galaxy and upgrading your ship. This gives a fantastic one-two punch of being great when you have a few minutes to burn and even better when you have a few hours. Some might say the ship upgrade component of the game should have this eligible for an RPG Reload column, and I honestly can't say how hard I'd argue against that.
Founded in 2002 in Middletown, Conneticut by a couple of friends, Venan Entertainment spent their early years making J2ME and BREW games for feature phones. They were primarily known for their Super Putt series of isometric mini-golf games, but they also released a number of games based on licensed properties such as South Park and Crank Yankers. They also developed mobile versions of major console games like True Crime: New York City and NBA Live. Venan's c...