Review: Invasion of Alien X – Earth in Crisis (Nintendo Switch)

Invasion of Alien X - Earth in Crisis

Aliens are on a terrifying Earth Invasion Tour! Your mission: Fire artillery and protect the base from the enemy flagship…Repel the invaders. Deploy weapons batteries delivered by drones wisely, and you can win.

Pros:

  • 696mb download size.
  • English/Japanese language option.
  • Voxel graphics.
  • Shooter gameplay.
  • Game-defend your base from an alien attack, take out the boss to win.
  • Reinforcements-shoot incoming helicopters to spawn in turrets to help defend.
  • Vortex bomb-charges up as you play and does an area of effect explosion.
  • Zoom in/out camera.
  • Icons to show boss and helicopters appearing.
  • End of level breakdown and overall rank.
  • Cheerful soundtrack.
  • Tight controls.
  • Good time waster.
  • A level lasts around five minutes.
  • Four planets-vegetables, mohawk, zombie, and fish.
  • Tutorial on how to play pop up.
  • Increasing difficulty.
  • New enemies arrive as you play.
  • Plays out in an area a setting and you can pan left and right.
  • Looks and plays like a light gun game, you just see the crosshair.
  • Fun.

Invasion of Alien X - Earth in Crisis

Cons:

  • No touchscreen.
  • The tutorial is just a pop-up.
  • Constant difficulty spikes.
  • No leaderboards.
  • Vortex takes ages to charge and is so rare and not that powerful.
  • Zooming in and out doesn’t feel smooth.
  • Gets repetitive.
  • Only one control layout.
  • The level end does not have a play next level option.
  • Little reason to come back.

Invasion of Alien X - Earth in Crisis

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

It has been a long long time since I played one of these light gun style games, it nails the atmosphere of the genre and thanks to the chunky Voxel graphics, it is easy on the eyes and looks great. Yes, it’s a cookie-cutter approach to level design with very limited variations on each one but to be honest it’s a game you play from time to time and that really suits the game. It’s cheap and cheerful with a few niggles but overall it is enjoyable.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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