Space Invaders Extreme, developed by Taito and published together with Degica, is an addicting, fast-paced, modern version of Space Invaders. Enjoy the original Space Invaders gameplay, with the addition of extra minigames, interesting power-ups, eye-catching visuals, and an amazing soundtrack.
One quality Space Invaders Extreme captures extremely well is its addictiveness. The core gameplay is made even more addicting with the feedback the player receives from the game. Examples of this are the enemy death animations, explosions, flashing colors, sound effects, and power-up meters. Space Invaders Extreme makes it feel good to kill the enemies and do secondary tasks like get bonuses and power-ups.
In addition to this, there are exciting minigames that occur throughout each level. Each minigame briefly flashes a goal, provides a time limit to complete the task, and then begins. If the player successfully completes the task, then they are awarded a bonus. In some games, minigames may seem boring and take away from the main gameplay. The minigames in Space Invaders Extreme, on the other hand, use the same gameplay from the main game and enhance the game by creating a temporary goal for the player and a chance to win a reward.
Another good addition to Space Invaders Extreme is the boss battles. The goal is to defeat the core located within the boss, while dodging projectiles and defeating any minions. The battles are done well, aren’t too over the top, and just add onto already existing gameplay. This time, the reward for winning is continuing to the next level in the map.
One of the best qualities in Space Invaders Extreme is the soundtrack. The music in the game fits perfectly. Its fast tempo makes you stay alert and the techno theme goes extremely well with the game. The sound effects also enhance the experience, and they mesh well with the soundtrack.
Space Invaders Extreme does have a few flaws. One of these flaws is that there is a lot going on at once in the screen. This can be good, because it creates a sense of disarray within the player which could make the game more challenging. At the same time, a lot of the information is extra and only confuses the player, especially when most of the attention is within the main gameplay and not the extra sidebars.
Another con is that since everything is introduced at the start of the game, like the minigames, power-ups, and main gameplay, you don’t really see a ton of new content. The game just gets progressively more difficult. It doesn’t feel like you’re progressing, other than building more skill for your next playthrough. One variation is the boss battles. The bosses are always different and exciting to look forward to.
A minor flaw is the lack of options in the options menu. This doesn’t affect the main gameplay, but it would be nice to give the player a bit more control over visuals and sound.
Overall, Space Invaders Extreme is an extremely well done, revamped version of the old Space Invaders. It has a great soundtrack that fits in perfectly and enhances the game. Along with this, it has great visuals and feedback for player actions that encourage and motivate the player to continue to do well and get bonuses. If you’re a fan of arcade games or enjoy games with a good soundtrack, then Space Invaders Extreme would be a good pick.
Here is the Space Invaders Extreme Trailer:
Space Invaders Extreme is available for PC on Steam.