Gaming collections have been a mainstay of the modern console game wars as it is the perfect way to create a new product from the nostalgia of an old concept. Without actually developing any sort of new model the companies can take a previous concept and instead of making it appear simply as a archaic title making it feel like a welcome blast from the past.
This is especially true for mobile gaming as graphics do not tend to be as important of an issue. This is not to take away from some of the pure fun that comes from this classic fare, and so these have become some of the top download fever inducers at the App Store.
In a strange turn a new free iPhone game, Made in the USSR / iElektronika, takes six games produced in the 1980s in the former Soviet Republic and ports them to your iPhone's touch screen. It seems a touch odd to see the symbol of the CCCP when downloading an arcade game package, but put that aside as these titles have a certain amount of charm.
Each are based of the Tiger electronic hand held design where a base screen exists and ink characters move in limited fashion to complete tasks. Each game is based around a simple task, all of which may make you smile just a little bit once you realize what you are doing. Eggs positions you as a ravenous wolf (Nu Pogodi) eagerly waiting for eggs. They roll down planks after being dropped by the hens and then you catch them in a basket. Concept complete.
In each of these six games you would find that you are not going to get a lot of depth, but each one has a full kernel of fun that will keep you coming back. No matter what Made in the USSR offers brief blasts from a primitive gaming renaissance, and at this point it is much needed. The Lite version of Made in the USSR remains free and is a perfect choice, and if you like it enough you can shell out the $1.99.