Old-school Mac gamers rejoice! Word on the street is that Glider will soon be making its way to iOS. For those who aren’t familiar with the title, the classic 2D scroller has been entertaining Mac users since 1988.

Due to low funding, the developer John Calhoun pulled the plug on the series in 1991. Now, after a 16 year stint in Cupertino as an Apple programmer, Calhoun says he’s ready to jump back into the gaming industry…

MacRumor‘s sister site TouchArcade offers details on the game:

“Glider Classic features tap-based controls and is a universal application that runs natively on both the iPhone and the iPad. In the first release, iPhone 3GS and 3G iPod touch devices will be the minimal supported platforms, though earlier devices will gain support in an update to follow. Calhoun indicates that a Mac App Store release of Glider Classic is also likely at some point, given that Glider Pro for the Mac is PowerPC-only and will not run under OS X Lion. “

The premise of Glider Classic is fairly simple. Users must navigate a paper airplane around obstacles through different levels called houses. There are also items in each level, such as air vents, that help you avoid troublesome objects. Still confused? Watch:

This game kind of has an iCopter feel to it, which initially did extremely well in the App Store. Expect this title to follow suit, especially given its large Mac following. Glider Classic should be available sometime this week for $0.99.

Are you excited about this Mac-to-iOS port?

  • I don’t remember the game…..

    Kind of sounds like the one in the app store now called “Paper Glider” which is pretty popular and was fun for a few days to play.

    But, as you say, he may get a boost from his old Glider Classic following.

    I usually won’t try a game unless it has a free trial, or the first few easy levels are free… I’ve been burned too many times in the past paying for an App that just doesn’t deliver!

    But, if it is fun, then heck yea I’ll pony up the $0.99 and buy the full version, or additional “harder” levels.

    So, I guess I’m saying I’ll give it a try if there is a free trial version…. Otherwise, “no”.

    – Eric

    • fdxgncgfn

      next thing you know it only has 5 levels and you have to pay $2.99 for extra level packs with 5 each.

  • David

    Ahhhh Glider! Fantastic. The number 1 game from my childhood.

    To anyone who hasn’t played it before, get it now for your desktop (or when it comes out for iOS).

  • That’s great