Review: Invincible Space Invaders Collection

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Space Invaders is one of the most iconic classic games in existence. It’s up there with Tetris, Pong, and Pac-Man as a quintessential game that has permeated the consciousness of the world. If you were to ask about my high school class, you’d be hard-pressed to find a student without some exposure to Pac-Man via the Google doodle of about ten years ago, but relatively few students who played the game. original arcade game. Likewise, I have certainly played a version of Space Invaders in my life but I couldn’t tell you which version and I’m sure I never played the original. This puts me in a very unusual position in this Space Invaders Invincible Collection review where I cover entries for a franchise that I’m very aware of and hyper aware of that was released long before I was born and before the reviews of video games are not an established thing. But I’m nothing if I’m not adaptable, so I’m going to roll up my tube socks, rock progressive, channel my internal proto-game criticism, and dive right into it.

Space Invaders Invincible Collection is a set of 10 classic Space Invaders games from the original, released in 1978, up to the iconic name Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE, released in 2018, giving Nintendo Switch owners a chance to play games Classic Space Invaders from the comfort of their own homes, opening the franchise to a new generation. The collection is very well put together without unnecessary faff, just a game selection menu between the loading screen and the game you want to play. There are dedicated buttons for things like adding credits to make the arcade game work, rather than pulling out a hammer in an attempt to negotiate the feed of a pound coin through the screen. of the Switch. But other than that, the games are all faithful ports of the originals with the controls thoughtfully mapped.

There’s not much to say about the collection itself, so let’s take a look at the games on offer. You’re going to have a blast today because I’m going to go away, play each of the ten games for a little while, come back and write 100 fewer words going through each one to give you an idea of ​​what flavor. Space Invaders that you might want to try out first when you get the Glacier from Space Invaders Invincible Collection. Buckle up your seat belts and off you go for a magazine coffee-fueled rampage.

Space invaders (original version)

Vanilla. This is the original Space Invaders. The spark that kindled the fire that kindled hell. The original foundation on which everything else rests. You are a tank, the aliens are falling from the sky and speed up as you kill. The first level is difficult. Are there other levels? Probably. Do you have a chance to play them without the magic of Space Invaders? Probably not.

Space invaders (color version)

Vanilla but blue. It’s still the original Space Invaders but this time it’s been colored. The gameplay is the same, the assets are the same and the sound is the same. This is the one for you if you want a taste of that quirky space invaders charm, but with a little more visual interest. Not recommended if you are not one of those weirdos who watch black and white movies or play games with visual filters or film grain.

Space invaders part II

Raspberry ripple. It’s that original taste of Space Invaders with a little whirlwind of something new. Space Invaders Part II adds the delicious raspberry aromas of enemy reinforcements to a tub that splits in two, much like some of the new enemies. Not as drastically different as going from a supermarket brand to a Ben and Jerry’s, but there are definitely a few additions to get excited about in Part 2.

Lunar rescue

Do you know how some ice cream parlors sell coffee? Coffee. Not a Space Invaders game, not even in the same sub-genre as a Space Invaders game. If Space Invaders is London, then Space Cyclone is Pluto. In Space Cyclone, you play as a small UFO trying to make a trip to and from the surface of a world, possibly for a survey of light. On the way back you can shoot the asteroids that are on the way just like Space Invaders, but that’s where the similarities end.

Space cyclone

Do you know how some ice cream parlors sell hot dogs? Hot dogs. It’s not a Space Invaders game, so not ice cream, but it’s arguably food. Like Lunar Rescue, Space Cyclone is a spin-off game designed for the same chip as Space Invaders and loosely included in the SICU (Space Invaders Cinematic Universe). In this entry you still shoot from the ground at enemies, but a lot of styles of Space Invaders are lost.

Majestic Twelve: Space Invaders, Part IV

Phishing food. Unlike Space Invaders Part II, Part IV is a serious innovation from any other entry in the franchise so far, far surpassing the Ben and Jerry’s section of this bizarre living room. The game retains the basic mechanics and styles of the original game, but fundamentally overhauls everything else, producing what I would call the first game in the collection that meets modern standards. There are some serious upgrades available, step selections, and even sections where you prevent cow kidnapping – probably where milk comes for ice cream in this list.

Super Space Invaders ’91

Phishing food. Again. It is literally the same game as the previous one. There are a few visual changes and you play through the stages in order rather than selecting them like you did in the previous game, but these differences are so minor and imperceptible that they are irrelevant. Why these two identical games were included but Return of the Space Invaders (named Space Invaders Part III) was excluded, I’m not sure, but jumping from 2 to 4 makes me disgusting.

DX Space Invaders

This multipack of Häagen Dazs ice cream with similar flavors that you see in supermarkets. This entry is loaded with content, including a base Space Invaders mode that mimics the previous entry (for the third time), a Versus mode where you can fight with friends / family / sheep to see who has the best Space skills. Invaders, sabotage them as needed and a Parody mode that plays like a standard Space Invaders level but with the assets traded – a chicken instead of a tank and cats / pumpkins / your-guess-is-as-good-as – mine instead of aliens.

Invaders of extreme space

LSD. I don’t know what’s going on I’m incredibly overwhelmed and think I might have been on drugs before I picked this game. But I think I like it. It’s Space Invaders mounted at eleven, true to the original vision but stretching it to the extreme. You face a rapid succession of small waves of invaders and are overwhelmed with devastating upgrades to your weapons as the game monitors your performance on more levels than the average patient is watched in ICU. This is my favorite entry in the collection, although I desperately need to lie down now.

Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE

A sundae, and bring me 4 spoons. A Space Invaders game intended specifically to be played in co-op with 3 friends. It’s, in essence, a long Space Invaders screen where each of the four players can control an area to rid it of alien invaders or, once you’ve cleared your area, you can move on to another area and help Grandma. before it causes the downfall of humanity as we know it with its inability to shoot where aliens are going to be instead of where they are.

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