Space Invaders Mobile
The arcade classic comes to cell phones. But is it still a classic?
Before we had the complexity of today's classic space shooters or even the intensity of Namco's Galaxian/Galaga games, we had Taito's simplistic yet undeniably cool Space Invaders, a game that gave us a little dinky ship with unlimited ammo and sent us to battle invading enemies that continued to march towards the moon in separate rows. Your mission? Blast the hell out of them before they reach the bottom of the screen or wipe out their ships. This arcade classic cannot be denied, and has seen a couple of home releases over the years, and now it's available for your cell phone courtesy of Digital Bridges and Playphone.
The game is emulated to look just like the 80's classic, and while this may disappoint some of you expecting something a bit more contemporary like Majestic Twelve, it still provides plenty of arcade bliss. The controls are easy enough to get into, and the challenge ramps up with each new wave of aliens that you have to take down. Their gunfire picks up pretty quickly, and even the mystery UFO seems like a hassle to hit at times because of this. It's just as great as it always was, and I couldn't be happier.
As far as graphics, it looks like the old arcade classic, right down to the moon background and the movement of the aliens. Sound is good, but that old alien movement sound is missing as they storm down the screen. Still, at least it isn't annoying.
Let's face it, it's the arcade game reborn. You either love it or you hate it. And if you hate it, I'm trying to figure out what you're doing reading this review to begin with. Longtime fans will feel right at home playing this for their mobile phone, it's a simple download and most definitely worth the few bucks to drop on it. Nothing beats blasting a few aliens for old times' sake, right?
What's Hot: All the great alien blasting you remember from yesteryear is intact.
What's Not: Not much bonus stuff, but who cares?