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[Update] Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio skates onto iOS and Android
by Jon Mundy 29/11/2012
Product: Jet Set Radio
Developer: Blit Software
Publisher: Sega
Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
Genre: Retro, Sports
Updated on November 29th, at 11:00: Jet Set Radio is now live on the App Store, and is also available on Android via Google Play. It'll cost you £2.99 / $4.99.




Fans of critically lauded, commercially underwhelming Sega cult classics: rejoice! Jet Set Radio has hit the iOS App Store.

The original Jet Set Radio acquired a small but dedicated fanbase when it launched on Sega's Dreamcast console back in 2000. Since then, there's been a semi-sequel and a couple of modern console conversions.

Now, Jet Set Radio has pulled up at Apple's App Store, ready to draw on the walls and grind along the railings.

Tokyo rift

Against the backdrop of a futuristic Tokyo, you play as a member of a skater gang who must fight to wrestle back control of the streets from an authoritarian government.

This is done in a pretty passive fashion - through skating well, pulling off stunts, and marking turf with your graffiti tags.

On the subject of artwork, Jet Set Radio's visuals have been spruced up for this iPhone and iPad edition on account of the game becoming part of the "Sega Heritage Collection".

This, apparently, means that extra attention has been paid to doing it justice on the new format. So, yeah, the graphics have been optimised for Retina displays.



Sega has also outfitted its iOS skater with some new features specifically geared for mobile devices.

You can now apply graffiti by swiping the screen, for example, and you can also use your iOS device's camera to take pictures and spray them in the game.

Whether the game's virtual controls can do justice to Sega's free skating masterpiece is something we have yet to establish.

Jet Set Radio is out now on the New Zealand App Store, which means we'll be getting it here in the UK at midnight tonight. It'll cost £2.99 / $4.99.
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