I get to review a game that I guess you could say got me into video games from a young age. Anyone who is a 70 or 80’s child will remember, with fond memories of the Taito classic game Space Invaders. Over the years there have been many remakes and revisions released on various computers and consoles, so it is very fitting that they release a version on the Nintendo Switch and PS4. We are going to look at the latest reincarnation called Space Invaders Forever. Let us take a look and see if it can still provide a nostalgia feeling.
Release Date: 11 December 2020
Thanks to PR Hound for the review code
This compilation release features three classic games. The first is Space Invaders Extreme, which was released on the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP. The next two are Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE and Arkanoid Vs Space Invaders. While all three share elements from the base game, each one has been created to provide a different gaming experience so that each title will offer some replayability value. I will provide a quick review of each of them so that you can get a comparison between them.
Space Invaders Extreme
This was released on the handheld consoles of Sony and Nintendo. Appearing on the PSP and DS respectively, this game was great fun to play on the go when you wanted something quick to pick up and play on a commute or waiting for an appointment. This plays like the traditional Space invaders in which you have to take out wave after wave of alien invaders.
This might sound easy but as you progress the waves start appearing in different formations and this makes it tricky to clear the level. Also, there are bonus motherships that fly across the top of the screen, which if you can hit it through the wall of invaders will give you bonus points. You can obtain power ups through combos which will give you bombs, lasers and better arsenal to take out the pesky devils. This title is very engaging and will give lots of fun.
Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE
This is an interesting little variant and one I had not heard of until this compilation. This was a game in the Japanese arcades and until now never reached the western territory. Probably the biggest attraction to this is the cooperative mode that This offers a much more simpler game mechanic as it is based very much on the original, but the screen is full of many more invaders to take out. While it seems a lot, because you can team up and play with friends this will make the task a lot easier than playing alone. This pretty much sums up this quirky little game.
Arkanoid Vs Space Invaders
The third title to make the set is the mobile game of the interesting crossover of two great games. Arkanoid meets Space Invaders is an interesting concept and to control the ship, you use the Switch touchscreen. The aim of this title is to bounce the enemy fire back towards them which means working angles is important. There are 150 levels so plenty of playability in the game and nice touches like unlocking bonus items, which include the iconic duo Bub and Bob from Bubble Bobble. Sadly the graphics have not been updated and ported straight to the Switch, which kinds of lets it down a little but still fun and addictive.
For the fans of the Taito’s Space Invaders this is a must have title. It offers new variations on the classic and brings a lot of replayability. While the graphics are not better than the mobile version on Arkanoid Vs Space Invaders, this is only a minor gripe. Buy this for some fun play.