GameBoy Color : Space Invaders Details
Space Invaders--just the name is enough to make your thumb twitch. Few games evoke as many special memories as this retro arcade title. Remember vaporizing thousands of enemy ships while ignoring your mother's direct orders to go to bed? Who can sleep when you've got a dozen extra lives built up and you are about to bust your all-time high score? Now you can experience this classic retro game on the Game Boy or Game Boy Color.
Like most arcade classics, Space Invaders's greatness lies in its simplicity. You move a ship at the bottom of the screen to the right and left, shooting at stacks of enemy ships that also move to the right and left, bombarding both you and the three shields you can duck behind. The ships slowly descend and if one reaches the level you're on, you lose a life. The more ships you destroy, the faster the remaining ships move, making the last few ships in any swarm very difficult to hit. As the levels progress, you'll face massive boss ships and may even unlock the hidden original arcade version of the game. New elements were added to the elemental gameplay, including power-ups and levels that play out on slippery ice, but the basic fun is still intact. --T. Byrl Baker
- Classic gameplay with some new twists
- Looks impressive on the Game Boy Color
- Gameplay may be too repetitious for advanced gamers
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