Space Invaders has been done to death. There have been hundreds of Space Invaders releases/sequels/clones over the years - even the PSP has had one already! So surely, I thought when seeing this on the shelf, this wouldn't be any better. How wrong I was - this game is a brilliant reinvigoration of the Space Invaders franchise that I think it needed..
Anyway I didn't buy the game then, because I thought it would be rubbish, but I came across a trailer for it a week later and I was excited enough that I bought it straight away. I played it - and got even more excited!
This is still space invaders - you play as a pixellated gun shooting pixellated aliens. But there are some changes. The barriers are gone - they aren't needed in this game. The aliens are less predictable and the game in general is faster paced. You also get special weapons such as a laser if you shoot down three same-coloured aliens in a row. There are 'bosses', which are basically giant pixellated aliens, and these take some strategy and thinking to kill.
The graphics are bright and colourful, but the real draw is the music. The music is upbeat and is partly affected by your playing. The noise of your shots will make up the tune. You really have to hear it to understand it but it is very impressive and immerses you into the game.
Space Invaders Extreme is very much a game suitable for all ages. If Space Invaders fanatics exist I'm sure they love it, but it is so simple to understand, and play, that anybody can enjoy it. It is also cheap compared to the average PSP game at only £20, and I'm sure you can find it even cheaper if you shop around. I would suggest amazon.co.uk or play.com as good places to start.
This really is Space Invaders on drugs. It is 'extreme' and fast paced, but it is also faithful to the original. A must-have game for the PSP.
SPACE INVADERS EXTREME is the most extreme embodiment ever made of SPACE INVADERS, the arcade classic that ignited an entire entertainment medium! By combining the essence of the original game with a stunning alliance of futuristic graphic design and cutting-edge audio, overhauled gameplay details and a whole new range of amazing power-ups, the basic concept of the iconic shooter from TAITO has transformed into a whole new way to take the fight to the alien invasion and enter the high score table!