[PlayStation 4] Space Invaders Forever Review

by MrMitchGeorge

Are you ready to once again save everyone by fighting the space invaders on PlayStation 4? Then check out our Space Invaders Forever review!

There are very few games that are as iconic as Space Invaders. Space Invaders Forever from ININ Games and Taito is the latest compilation of games in this historic franchise, which has now made its way to the PlayStation 4. Space Invaders Forever is a collection that brings together Space Invaders Extreme, Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE, and Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders. Does this collection provide enough value to justify picking it up on Sony’s console?

Space Invaders Extreme is absolutely the highlight of this package. This title was originally released on the PSP and the Nintendo DS – getting a sequel on the Nintendo DS – and it absolutely holds up on the PS4. The strong techno soundtrack accents a tight gameplay loop involving combos, power weapons, boss battles and is as addictive as any previous incarnation of Space Invaders. The basic gameplay hasn’t changed much over the years as you are still moving your ship left and right, shooting at the invaders. There are a number of weapon power-ups that are very fun to use, which you can acquire by defeating four of the same-colored invaders in a row. Plus, there are bonus rounds that, when successful, unleash Fever Time, which makes you feel like an absolute badass.

Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE is a port of a previously Japan-exclusive arcade title that introduced multiplayer to the mix. Up to four players can simultaneously play classic Space Invaders, complete with the aforementioned invaders, flying saucers, and barriers to hide behind. There are also boss battles here, but since this game was designed to eat quarters at an arcade, the challenge of these really does require four players to power through. I would’ve loved to get together with three friends to tackle this one, but 2020 hasn’t really allowed for those types of experiences. Online multiplayer would’ve been a godsend here but is nowhere to be seen.

Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders was the title in this collection I was most intrigued by. This is a port of a Japan-only mobile title from 2017. I grew up playing a ton of Alleyway on the Game Boy, so having that gameplay crossed with another video game staple seems like a match made in heaven… on paper. I say on paper because this port is bad. The game is controlled by swiping your finger around on the DualShock 4’s touchpad. The touchpad was designed to be a button used with swipes or taps or by pressing in on it. Thankfully, outside of the control issues, there are no other mobile game tropes here. This game was a fully-featured paid app when it was originally released, so nothing is being held back behind the typical mobile paywall scenario. Levels are bite-sized and have interesting objectives to complete, but do become more challenging over time.

Space Invaders Forever is an interesting package. Porting Space Invaders Extreme was a stroke of genius since it’s certainly the highlight of this collection. Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE is also a fun experience, but Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders, while an interesting novelty, feels lacking in comparison. There is a lot to love about this compilation for both longtime fans and those new to the Space Invaders franchise. Space Invaders Forever is available now on the PS4 for $29.99.

This Space Invaders Forever review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by ININ Games.

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