Twenty-five years since they first appeared, Space Invaders
are back! Space Invaders: Invasion Day is an out-and-out,
old-school, shoot'em-up that sees our extraterrestrial enemies
back doing what they do best. This time, however, the action
takes place on Earth in locations spread across a major city.
Players will have 50 stages to complete and ten bosses to
battle against if they are to repel the Invaders...
here's a cool idea. Take an old-school game and update it
for a new generation of gameplayers. The idea sounds great,
but it doesn't quite deliver. The game looks fantastic, is
well designed and even has a story mode to keep you involved.
But the problem is with the original game - it's too repetitive
and too simple.
a dozen levels into the game, and I was starting to get a
little bored. Sure the number of different aliens is impressive
and the scenery is very detailed, but you can't really move
around and it would have been much more fun if you could run
up and down the screen and shoot the aliens from behind. But
then I guess as this is based on the original Space Invaders,
this is the only way they could really have you control your
are two modes included, Story mode lets you progress through
the levels as the story of your character develops and Survival
mode allows two players to attack the aliens at the same time
- although in this mode once your lives are up the game ends.
game also contains a hidden version of the original 1978 Taito
classic - although don't ask us where as we have been unable
to find it - which is a shame because I'm actually beginning
to think that the original version is preferable to this jazzed
the graphics look great and the £15 price tag is spot
on. It's just that given a few hours, you'll be itching to
play something else.
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