R-Type is a famous name in video game history. Setting the template for many of the subsequent horizontally-scrolling shmups we saw, particularly in the 16-bit era, it remains a fondly remembered game that has been ported to many devices over the years. And now Android owners can get in on the action, too.

Retro specialist DotEmu has been bringing a wide range of arcade classics to iOS and home computers recently, though this marks the publisher's first foray onto the Android Market. The game features a new touch control system along will full optimization for the Xperia Play joypad and buttons for those who want a more traditional handheld gaming experience.

R-Type for Android is available from today for $2.99 from the Android Market and will also hit the Amazon Appstore soon.