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Space Invaders Extreme review

Finally, a game that follows through on its "extreme" promise


  • Actually lives up to claims of extremity
  • Fantastic score system overhaul
  • Makes button-mashing feel good


  • Still quite simple
  • Extreme tone may grate on some
  • May not sustain attention

This is extremity on a level you very rarely get to enjoy in your armchair. This is Keanu Reeves in Point Break extreme; this is Snake Plissken surfing through central LA extreme; this is Cliffy B%26rsquo;s tight t-shirt extreme. It%26rsquo;s an unrelenting barrage of light and sound and JACKPOT! JACKPOT!

%26lsquo;Pedestrian%26rsquo; is the world you could best use to describe Space Invaders, but Extreme is to the original game what Pac-Man Championship Edition is to Pac-Man. Taito have turned up the neon, cranked up the speed, and thrown a few hundred extra beats at the soundtrack, but it%26rsquo;s the score system overhaul which makes Invaders Extreme one of the best shooters of the year.

Shooting lines, rows, colors, or shapes of Invader increases your score; hitting the yellow saucers throws you into a minigame; win the minigame and you%26rsquo;ll enter Fever mode with infinite power-ups and JACKPOT! JACKPOT! JACKPOT! Space Invaders Extreme makes you feel good hammering on a single button. It%26rsquo;s a simple game made deep, but never unnecessarily complicated.

Jun 29, 2009

More Info

Description<p>The&#160;insanely stylish and wonderfully simplistic remake of the three decade old classic comes to Xbox Live Arcade.</p>
PlatformXbox 360, DS, PSP
US censor ratingEveryone, Everyone, Everyone
UK censor rating3+, 3+, 3+
Release date:6 May 2009 (US), 6 May 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
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