When we heard about the concept behind Spaced Invaders, by developer Kaimai, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t completely stoked. The app perfectly combines the classic arcade shooter Space Invaders with a modern twist—literally, with all that scratching vinyl! Sadly, the app’s touchy controls mar a disco-studded example of innovative conception that tickles our groove bones right to the core. For our full thoughts on this dance-heavy arcade game for the iPhone, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
As stated earlier, Spaced Invaders is no simple Space Invaders clone. No, the app completely reinvents the concept, bringing along a new face with a totally groovy tone. The app has you playing the role of a cornered house deejay, protecting your expensive (and precious) sound equipment from a horde of spaced out ravers. It’s a delicious motif, and one that’s perfectly accented by a groovy soundtrack from a Liverpool-based house master. Otherwise, the same classic arcade game mechanic is preserved here. Players slide from left to right, firing off shots at the invaders until either they’ve all been removed, and another wave starts, or the player is eliminated. There’s also a wealth of power-ups to produce some entertaining results, and we couldn’t get over the rave-oriented appearance the power-ups sport. Truly, it’s an engaging package, and one we had a blast playing. Best of all, the app also comes with an online leader board, allowing the arcade hog in us all to blossom into a raving, competitive slammerhead. If you’re a fan of the classic Space Invaders gameplay, you really owe it to yourself to check this one out.
Design and Controls
As stated, we absolutely loved the witty graphics and 8-bit appeal. The app is very heavily influenced by what’s going on in modern deejaying, and we greatly enjoyed the tone and feel of the offering. It was almost Toe Jam and Earl-esque in our minds, which is a compliment if we’ve ever heard one.
Sadly, though the controls are completely bolloxed. We could not for the life of us get the touchy sliding mechanic to work properly, often landing us directly in the way of enemy fire, unable to move. When we did get the deejay to move, he shot straight across the level, landing in a corner. All in all, the controls need a serious do-over, and stat!
Sadly, we simply cannot recommend Spaced Invaders until the game has ironed out the kinks in its control scheme. It’s a right shame, as we loved the gameplay and artwork, and found the title endlessly engaging. Thankfully, though, a speedy update is all that’s required before this iPhone app can burgeon into the gem that it’s yearning to be.
Spaced Invaders requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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