Space Invaders Forever Review (PlayStation 4/5)

Space Invaders Forever Review (PlayStation 4/5)

Space Invaders Extreme has arrived with greatly improved graphics and interactive sound to deliver a new immersive experience! Packed with vibrant visuals and a pulsing soundtrack, Space Invaders Extreme comes with 16 stages, filled with invaders and huge boss fights.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 1.71GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Plays on Playstation 5.
  • Three games-Space Invaders extreme, Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE, and Arkanoid Vs Space Invaders.
  • Each game shows a short video playing and bio on the game and the history of that version.
  • Space Invaders Extreme-
    • 2 modes- arcade and free play.
    • Language-JP/EN/FR/DE/IT/ES.
    • A flashy version of the game with power-ups like new shot types.
    • Bonus rounds will happen when triggered and range from shooting a particular color to roulette.
    • Big boss battles.
    • A lot of visual and vocal feedback.
    • Very in your face.
    • Simple controls.
    • Banging upbeat soundtrack.
    • End of stage breakdown.
    • Free play any level you clear in arcade mode.
    • Combo counter.
    • Arcade mode has a tiered level select screen with difficulties going up.
    • Help section with diagrams.
    • Autofire and hold power-up buttons.
  • Quit games to go back to game selection.
  • Games will have the classic game noises and beeps within them.
  • Classic gameplay at its core.
  • Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE-
    • 1-4 player local co-op.
    • Can play solo.
    • Remixes of the game with boss battles and wave variations.
    • Players can be next to each other and shoot at the same time for a power shot that stacks with more players.
    • Big boss battles.
  • Arkanoid vs Space Invaders-
    • Has an initial tutorial.
    • Control the ship with the touchpad.
    • Has cutscenes and an intro.
    • Combo counter.
    • Japanese voice work.
    • Combines both games by enemies attacking in true Space Invaders style and you reflecting shots with your Vaus (ship) ala Arkanoid.
    • Collect power-ups.
    • Attack mode-attack and fill your bar and get your character’s skill that you can fire.
    • End of stage breakdown.
    • 40 characters to unlock each with unique skill attacks.
    • World map level select.
    • Levels are timed and have a target objective for enemies.
    • Skill activation-manual or automatic.
    • Help-image based tutorial area.
    • Own in-game achievements.
    • Use the stick and touchpad as a cursor in the menus and level select.
    • Shortcut buttons for menus.
    • Upbeat soundtrack.
    • Addictive.
    • A lot of gameplay.
    • Bite-sized levels.
    • 300 levels-150 normal and 150 harder ones.
    • Big boss fights.
    • Items- four of them and you use coins earned in-game to buy a use-ball strength doubled, attack mode plus 50 percent, ship length increased by 50 percent, and activate attack mode when the timer reaches zero (once only).
    • Puzzle elements.
    • Coins rewarded for performance.

Space Invaders Forever Review (PlayStation 4/5)

Cons:

  • Only one Platinum trophy for all three games.
  • Games don’t have sensitivity sliders.
  • Only one control layout.
  • No online leaderboards.
  • Arkanoid vs Space Invaders is touchpad control only.
  • Releasing the touchpad and reapplying pressure can reset it and ruin your run.

Space Invaders Forever Review (PlayStation 4/5)

 

 

 

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Space Invaders Forever is an excellent compilation of all things Space Invaders. It has an arcade flashy experience in Space Invaders extreme, multiplayer action with Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE, and of course a more story-based affair with the rather fun game Arkanoid Vs Space Invaders! I found all the games to be a fun little trip back in time with each being a different experience. I didn’t like that the games didn’t get a lot of love and instead are just straight ports with a paragraph of the history of each game. No leaderboards or controller configuration support left me feeling like I really was back in time as these games did nothing extra. Shame but the games are good if limited and it’s a fun nostalgic trip.

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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