Space Invaders Infinity Gene
You'll love this iPhone shooter, Infinity plus Infinity.
A little while ago, Taito introduced Space Invaders Extreme for Nintendo DS, Sony PSP and Xbox Live Arcade, combining the classic goodness of the 70s arcade shooter with fresh new visuals and music. Now we have another experimental version of the game, this time for the iPhone. Space Invaders Infinity Gene once again brings back those pesky little invaders, but throws in a whole new style that perfectly fits the touch-screen format.
In it, you select options from a digital evolutionary tree with branches that grow out of it. To start, you choose from two difficulty levels, easy and medium. As you progress, the tree grows with new stages, along with a higher difficulty setting and lives (it goes up to seven, and you'll need them all).
You'll zip through each stage, shooting wave after wave of rapidly moving invaders. They fly in unpredictable formations, not just following the same old back-and-forth line-up from the original game. Bigger enemies also appear, including tremendous boss ships and bothersome creatures that shoot lasers.
Ship control is handled by dragging your finger on the touch screen. You can move up, down, left and right, snagging power-ups from downed UFO's and avoiding incoming fire. Several power-ups are available, including an expandable Search Laser, an effective Wave weapon and a cool Gravity gun that reverses invader movement. The game as a whole is fun to play, although the touch-screen controls aren't perfect. There are times when you'll want to watch your ship so it doesn't hit anything, and you can't do that with your finger blocking the view.
On top of its 19 pre-made stages, Space Invaders Infinity Gene also takes advantage of the music library on your iPhone/iPod Touch. Simply choose a song and the game builds a level around it, matching the tempo of the beat. So, for instance, if you feel like blasting these guys to Queens of the Stone Age's "Battery Acid", you're in for a true firefight. On the other hand, if you prefer Frank Sinatra's "Lady and the Tramp" (and who doesn't), you'll find a completely different level.
Visually, Space Invaders Infinity Gene doesn't disappoint, with fluid animations, terrific Space Invader wave formations and constantly changing wallpaper colors that don't get in the way of the action. The game does slow down a bit when bigger enemies appear on-screen, but that doesn't ruin the experience.
Although you'll spend most of the time blaring your own tunes, Infinity Gene also features a wonderful soundtrack. Vibrant techno selections play in the background, and a few classic Space Invaders effects are thrown in for good measure, including UFO explosion and firing noises straight out of the original.
It may be too challenging for some (especially when you crank it up to hard), and the touch screen controls take getting used to, but there's no way you should pass up Space Invaders Infinity Gene. It's simply too much fun to resist, especially when you throw your own songs into the mix.
What's Hot: Creative level design, old-school shooting gameplay is still fun after all these years, Music option lets you make stages with your own soundtrack, dizzying graphics.
What's Not: Some of the levels are ridiculously hard, touch-screen controls can get in the way of seeing your ship.