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Space Invaders Extreme - Nintendo DS

by Square Enix
Nintendo DS
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews) 85 / 100

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  • Classic gameplay unites with new sound and video effects, creating an entirely new and addictive experience
  • New power-ups to equip, new bosses to battle
  • Multiple gameplay modes
  • Challenge a friend via DS wireless play!

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  • ASIN: B00161I5IG
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,240 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Space Invaders, Space Invaders Extreme combines the classic gameplay of the arcade shooter with brand-new music, sound, and visual effects. This is Space Invaders like you’ve never played it before! New power-ups are available to assist in your attempt to be the high score master. As the player progresses through the game, new modes are unlocked.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant riff on old classic. June 19, 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
To understand how brilliant this game is, one should look back a the original phenom and other, less successful attempts to revive it.

The old: 1978's Space Invaders took the world by storm. In Japan, this popular game caused a shortage of the 100yen coins needed to play a game. In the USA, it munched similar amounts of quarters. The simple gameplay appealed to all types of people in the then-new arena of video games. Two years later, Atari licensed the arcade game for release at home, and the box proudly trumpeted "112 VIDEO GAMES"! These were all slight variations on the theme, with moving bases, invisible invaders, co-op play, fat players, and other small tweaks. Neat!

The others: Space Invaders was brilliant thirty years ago. The "thump thump thump" sounds of the invaders, and their iconic look are known by almost everyone, but the old game is slow and tedious. As much as I want to love it now, it's just too crusty and dusty -- and younger people will certainly turn up their nose at the limited options for fun. I feel that I could get a high score on the old game but I usually quit before losing, as it's a chore to play. The game has been trotted out in "old faithful" and "reimagined" formats for just about every system available, but they all have suffered the same problems as the original: the turgid, formal, repetitive gameplay just didn't age well, and most designers felt that giving the game more flair would dilute the original feel, making it more like Galaga than Space Invaders.

The now: SPACE INVADERS EXTREME reboots the whole concept.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, One of the best shooters on the DS! June 18, 2008
By rgoo242
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   

This is Space Invaders? It is, but then again it's not. It's new, hip, challenging, trippy, amazing, but yet it still is very much Space Invaders.

Square-Enix truly has made something old feel amazingly new again. It's respectful of the classic 1978 game, but this is NOT just a rehash or classic rereleased. This high level of quality for a "classic remixed" game is a true rarity, you might find it only a few other places (Pac Man Championship Edition, and New Super Mario Brothers would be 2 good examples).

This is the new definitive version of the game. Forget all the endless rereleases that have come out through the years, this is "the one".

It's still 2d, with movements limited to left-right-shoot. But, there are new stategies. There are new enemies. There are enemies that hide behind other enemies, sometimes many of them. There are no bases like in the traditional Old School Space Invaders.

There's an incredible variety in the types of invaders, and they have various attack patterns and formations. The invader attacks are much harder to avoid, especially without the bases to hide behind.

Some invaders shoot the traditional bombs, others shoot large lasers, others have shields that block against certain types of your attacks, others wear armor so you have to shoot them several times.

There are bonus rounds which vary as well. You might have to shoot UFO's before a timer runs out, or shoot a certain amount of invaders before the timer runs out.If you can beat the bonus round you earn Fever Time, where you can power up for a short time.

Shooting a group of the same colored Invaders can yield bonus points and various power ups, like lasers, bullet spreads, and bombs.

There are Boss Fights.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wowza November 2, 2008
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
People love this game. It's a good game. It's better than the original.
But spice it up anyway you want. You shoot things, over and over and thats it. It's fun. I'm pretty sure I'm going to get a seziure as colors fly everywhere. I enjoy the game and the soundtrack is amazing. Sounds are amazing overall in this game. but you shoot stuff. yippi.
I have yet to play for more than 10 minutes at a time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your papa's Space Invaders August 16, 2013
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For the franchise's 30th Anniversary, Taito has decided to give Space Invaders a, shall I say, "hip" makeover. The result is an awesomely enhanced variation of the Space Invaders experience you know and love featuring amazing visuals, new gameplay styles, and background music that coincides with the game's rhythmic sound effects.

There are 11 levels, but you play through 5, because after beating a level, you could choose which route to go next (a la StarFox), giving the game, while a short length, also quite some replayability.

The game mechanics work similarly as to how Space Invaders did way back when: You move and shoot at the aliens. However, the game takes things way up a notch by introducing tons of unique waves of aliens, power-ups, and a Fever Time segment activated by doing a bonus round you access by shooting a flashing UFO. With that said, the game can get pretty crazy at times, and it's all the better for being that!

The only real problems I can think of for this game is that: The stages themselves are a bit lengthy, and if you get a Game Over, and if you continue, you have to start the whole level over again. Plus, the Fever Time segments interrupt the actual levels, which I find rather irritating in comparison to the rest of the game.

Overall, though, I definitely recommend this game to anyone looking for a good arcade-y shooter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
thiis is a great game to play the whole family plays it some day we will beat it maybe but love it
Published 2 months ago by Mary
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
Nothing special. Would not buy it again. Probably true to the original, but my 8 year old on was bored by it within minutes.
Published 8 months ago by J. Budreau
5.0 out of 5 stars cool game
This game is not only cool but a great game . I like plying it and I play it a lot . It is a real fun game to play.
Published 15 months ago by Debbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Space Invaders Extreme
Gift for my husband as he already has Space Invaders Extreme 2. It's fun, you get to blow things up. Takes him back to his youth!
Published on March 12, 2012 by Ghoose
4.0 out of 5 stars This game will have you dropping virtual quarters for a long time to...
From Galaga to Centipede, the core mechanics of the original Space Invaders had been iterated and improved upon so often that it's a wonder that this new "Extreme" sequel feels so... Read more
Published on January 25, 2010 by
4.0 out of 5 stars An insane update to a video game classic
Space Invaders is now more than 30 years old! Kudos to Taito/Square Enix for breathing new life into this classic while keeping true to the spirit of the original. Read more
Published on January 23, 2010 by buru buru piggu
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Same
I was a big fan of Space Invaders way back when so I was excited when I found this game(yes, some of us oldsters still like video games! Read more
Published on December 21, 2009 by Hudi
5.0 out of 5 stars Space invaders revamped.
This is an addictive, very cool game. I got into space invaders on the Atari 2600 and have loved the game ever since, this new version is a whole new level for this classic... Read more
Published on September 23, 2009 by Deimos
5.0 out of 5 stars Space Invaders re-born
Taito has redefined the space invaders experience, a myriad of power ups and twists refreshes the tried and true Invaders formula. Read more
Published on August 30, 2009 by J. Prescott
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Old Days
The person I gave this to is young and absolutely loves the game. It is great to see some of the "old" video games that some of us grew up with come back and be loved just as much... Read more
Published on January 24, 2009 by Happy in Vegas
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