Ah the iPhone, possibly the single greatest device ever made, I don't actually know what I'd do without the thing. Having said that since the launch of the app store we've been told that the iPhone is a viable game platform, even being referred to as a "games console" by Apple themselves. The problem is, there just haven been that many great games for it, fortunately that is changing rapidly, with amazing games like Rolando and Fieldrunners leading the way.
I was fortunate to come across a game in the appstore called "SpaceDeadBeef" (I have absolutely no idea why!), would love to say I spent hours scouring the wasteland of the appstore to find it but the guys at Penny Arcade pointed me in the right direction!
SpaceDeadBeef is a side scrolling shooter similar to the classic R-Type games, so lots of explosions, pattern learning and immense frustration:) The controls are as simple as they get, tap to where you want to shoot and drag your finger to move the ship.
It's pretty addictive, and although there is only one level at the moment (the stage just repeats after you complete it with more enemies) it's easy to see potential here. Ok so it's not going to be any Thunderforce IV (best shooter ever I promise) and it would be nice to keep the movement control seperate from the shooting as your finger tends to cover up the oncoming enemies but for an early version its definately playable and lots of fun.
Best of all its the best kind of price, FREE! So you've no excuse not to check this one out8)