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Co-Optimus – News – Elevator Action Returns and Twin Cobra Hit iiRcade, 2 more games go online cooperative

iRcade is a home arcade machine/console where players can legally purchase classic and modern indie games. Today, two classic cooperative games launched on the platform: Elevator Action Returns of Taito and twin cobra by Toaplan. Plus, five new iiRcade games just got online multiplayer features, including the obscure but cool beat ’em up, Punchand the vertical scrolling shoot’em up, Dogyuun, both of which feature 2-player co-op. Additionally, the platform just received an auto-fire option for shoot ’em ups.

New releases

Two new games arrived on iiRcade this week. Each title costs $9.99.

Elevator Action Returns: In this 1994 sequel to Taito’s 1983 arcade game (just included on Taito Milestones for Switch), one or two players have to search for bombs in a building. Like in the first game, heroes will use elevators to navigate floors of various buildings and structures, search for red doors, and shoot enemies. Elevator Action Returns is an excellent and unique action platformer that we hope to eventually feature in our Co-op Classics column. The original game and Return are available on iRcade and are also included on the Taito Egret II Mini arcade machine.

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twin cobra: This sequel from 1987 to Tiger-Heli has already been ported to NES, Sega Genesis and other platforms. It’s a vertically scrolling shooter where players fly helicopters and drop bombs that fill the screen. Both Tiger-Heli and twin cobra are available on iRcade.

Auto fire

New system-level auto-fire options have been added to make the shoot ’em ups pictured above more accessible to a variety of players. To activate it, just go to Accessibility option under the main Settings menu.

Online additions

iiRcade plans to eventually add online multiplayer to all retro multiplayer games on the platform. Last week, Exit area, a cooperative shooter from Toaplan, headlined the first batch of games to receive online multiplayer. The second batch of games to go live consists of the following:

  • The Breaker’s Revenge: A 1998 fighting game from Visco that was originally released on Neo Geo
  • Dogyuun: A sci-fi themed vertical scrolling 1992 shoot’em up with cooperation from Toaplan
  • Heavy Strike: A 1993 fantasy futuristic game from Data East
  • Punch: Toaplan’s 1993 beat ’em up features five playable characters.
  • street circle: Also known as Street Slam, this basketball game was released on Neo Geo by Data East in 1994.

It’s an even more impressive list than last week, considering it features two different co-op classics. Additional games should get the online multiplayer upgrade every week; we look forward to seeing the platform’s online co-op support continue to grow.

My first online experience with iiRcade titles was positive, although my co-op partner’s username didn’t display correctly on the screen on my first playthrough. On the other hand, a few players experienced endless loading screens when trying to join another player’s game. When this happens, the affected player should shut down the iiRcade cabinet, restart, and try to join another game. iiRcade’s online multiplayer is currently labeled as being in alpha status, so these issues will hopefully be resolved soon.

All iiRcade cabinets include 64-128GB of built-in storage, 19-inch monitor, 100W stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 5 output, Bluetooth, HDMI and 11 pre-installed games including co-op classics Dual Dragon and Gun. Other classic arcade games and modern indie games are also available for purchase. Premium Gold Edition cabinets are also available for pre-order.