64th Street (iPhone) Review: Excellent Remake Of An Arcade Beat-Em-Up


Being in the business of reviewing iOS games allows me to experience some pretty interesting new games, but in the case of 64th Street: A Detective Story, a very well made arcade remake by DotEmu for the iPhone. Back in the day, players played as one of two private detectives investigating a slew of kidnappings, in a beat-em-up style ala Double Dragon.

The iPhone version translates the gameplay really well from the Jaleco original. The controls are simple enough, there’s a virtual d-pad on the left to control movement, and two buttons on the right to control the attack and jump. One thing I noticed, aside from breaking crates, if you throw an opponent into a storefront, you might get stuff like cakes to replenish the player character’s health or weapons

The game comes in two different modes; the story mode and a survival mode with just 5 lives for the player to expend throughout the entire game. The graphics are a perfect port from the arcade classic and I must say that this has the bearing of the high standard DotEmu has when it comes bringing retro games to live on a modern platform such as the iPhone.


The soundtrack to the game is a blast to the past, bringing in the 90’s but players are free to choose to have music from their iTunes playlist instead. Aside from that, other modern enhancements include Game Center achievements and leaderboards.

Nine Over Ten 9/10 rates this remake of 64th Street: A Detective Story a 5/5. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

64th Street: A Detective Story is available on the iTunes App Store for USD 0.99. Check it out over here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/64th-street-a-detective-story/id419295236?mt=8. A review code was provided by DotEmu to Nine Over Ten 9/10 for the purpose of the review.

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  1. Cris305 March 18, 2011

    Nice game!

    Still love them retro games.

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