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Bit Pilot

By Zach Gage

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You've never played an iOS action game that controlled this well.
"Asteroids meets Canabalt"

As seen in the WIRED Magazine App Guide - 9.0 out of 10
As seen in MacLife Magazine
As reviewed in Giant Robot and Tap! Magazines
Kotaku's Gaming App of the Day

*Featured at Fantastic Fest 2011*
* Featured in Apple's New and Noteworthy / What's Hot *

"A must-have, no matter what kind of games you enjoy on Apple's touchscreen devices"

"Holy crap, this is awesome!"
"Some of the best music this side of Mega Man 2"
-SlideToPlay - rated 3/4

"Dodge lasers and asteroids in an effort to keep your bit pilot alive to the wonderous chiptunes of Sabrepulse. Seriously, the soundtrack alone is worth your 99 cents."

"Games like Bit Pilot are why I love the iPhone"
-TouchGen - 4.5 stars

Featured in GamePro's iPhone Games Of The Week 3/22/10

"Pixelated asteroids flying across the screen boost the game's nostalgic appeal, while its on-pitch bit tunes send it into overdrive"

"Fast paced gameplay, well implemented touch controls and a great 8-bit soundtrack"
-Touch Arcade

"A premium title with quick pick up and play action perfect for its platform, and should absolutely not be missed." -

"A deceptively-intense game with a lot of personality, fluid controls and a thought-provoking soundtrack. It’s a successful, innovative “retro-infused” modern take on a well-defined, often-finicky genre. At only .99, Bit Pilot is well worth your allowance"
-148Apps - 4 out of 5 stars

"There’s a lot to love here; from the fluid controls to the speedy gameplay it feels like Squareball just met Space Miner. We heartily recommend this one."

"If you have enjoyed Canabalt's fast paced, heart pumping action, Bit Pilot will fit right into your collection of games
on the iPhone ... Take a deep breath, sit back, relax, thumbs on the screen and
enjoy. Bit Pilot is absolutely fantastic!"


Bit Pilot was created by Zach Gage (SpellTower, Halcyon, Unify, SynthPond)
and has music by the prolific chiptune artist Sabrepulse.

Bit Pilot uses an intuitive and unique control scheme unlike anything you've tried before. Each thumb swipe on the screen adds the force of that swipe to your ship.

Control with one thumb for small motions, and use two at once in the same direction for quick movements, or two in different directions for precision. Its difficult to explain, but extremely intuitive and precise once you try it. Check out the videos on

After you get good, the next time you try a dual stick shooter on your xbox, you'll wish you were using a touch controller.

- Intuitve and precise touch controls
- Intense retro bullet-dodging
- Awesome music by Sabrepulse
- 6 Unlockable tracks + More bonus unlockables
- Fifteen Challenging Achievements
- Global highscore lists and ranking through OpenFeint and Game Center

What's New in Version 2.1.1

- iPhone 5 Support
- HD iPad Support
- Switched from OpenFeint to Game Center
- Fixed Game Center to work in horizontal
- Faster Rank Change reloads
- Supports Multitasking (finally! yeesh)
- tiny tiny fix to adjust star background offset


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Customer Reviews


Not gonna lie, this game is pretty fun. It has its flaws, however, but its addicting. The soundtrack is crazy sick and the controls are hard to explain but smooth. Really difficult as you progress, too, with neat retro graphics. Needs more though. Maybe a power up that lets you shoot, say, three meteorites. An invincible power up? An autopilot power up? The purple border gives a feeling of imprisonment, it should just be replace with the edge of the screen in my opinion. Very disatisfied with the price, this is worth only one dollar IMO. Looking forward to updates that will make me say otherwise.

Been my favorite for a while... there's a bug though

Love this game. Fast paced, challenging, and hilarious death sentences. But as of late the blue shield pills won't tack on the 250 points to my score anymore. And since I consider my "rank in the universe" score to be a determinant of my quality of life, this absence of points is really getting to me. Whatever the development team can do to fix this bug would be immensely appreciated.

Excellent game with retro feel

I've been playing bitpilot since I read some positive reviews at touch arcade and it's been one of the few games that stays in my rotation. This is a game I can play for 2 or 30 minutes. It's always challenging. I never expected the game to get retina or iphone5 screen support. Thank you bitpilot dev team for keeping the game up to date!!

Bit Pilot
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: Jan 15, 2013
  • Version: 2.1.1
  • Size: 29.9 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Zach Gage
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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