In 1986 Konami released a hugely popular spin-off to the Gradius in the arcade. Building upon its inspiration, Salamander introduced co-operative gameplay and a simplified power-up system - all whilst providing the much loved shoot-em-up action. Three decades on it would appear that Konami originally hoped to celebrate this milestone with a HD remake for mobile devices. While this may not have materialised officially, a source online has since leaked a playable version of this unreleased update.
According to the Twitter account where this unreleased game recently surfaced, Konami’s Shanghai division were nearing completion of their Salamander HD Remaster. Although looking promising and visually impressive, albeit with several free-to-play mechanics, the game was sadly cancelled. Despite this, one of the developers working on the title decided to finish what he started and unofficially released the game to retro gamers worldwide.
Arriving as a downloadable .APK file, those looking to give this game a go can install it to Android based devices (with settings changed to allow unauthorised application installs). This Salamander HD Remaster features very little English text in-game, however, a few taps here and there will get you into the action. It plays very similar to that of the original, only with more modern touch-screen based controls.
Salamander HD Remaster (Android) Gameplay
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