Space Invaders Extreme 2 DS

Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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  1. One of the better things you could spend $20 on the system for, and something every DS owner should pick up.
  2. Edge Magazine
    90
    It's a dazzling experience, combining carefree spectacle with careful score attack, a game that's as concerned with its looks as the precision of its underlying mathematical systems. [JPN Import; June 2009, p.94]
  3. If you don’t import, you’ll never get to experience one of the best retro shooters on the DS. You’ll never get to experience the joy of taking down the ridiculously huge bosses. Or get lost in the chaos of the streamlined mini-games. Or get the rush from successfully pulling off a Bingo Combo and unleashing your mightiest weapons. [JPN Import]
  4. The first Space Invaders Extreme was a new start for the popular series, and this new installment is an evolution and a notable improvement in comparison.
  5. This is retro at its best, a perfect example of how to renovate a three decade old franchise.
  6. If you’re looking for something to cure boredom on long car rides, wanting something to cure that nostalgia itch, or simply are looking for a great game for cheap than look no further than Space Invaders Extreme 2.
  7. Space Invaders Extreme 2 doesn’t try to put the original game Space Invaders into a “2009 look”, it exactly does it the other way around! The enthralling game doesn’t let you stop playing it!
  8. AceGamez
    90
    Compared to the first game, Space Invaders Extreme 2 is not a huge development. This is no bad thing however, as the Space Invaders magic is still present here.
  9. Overall, Space Invaders Extreme 2 is a very worthy sequel to the original. If you liked the first game, you should run out right now and buy this one. If you haven’t tried either one, this sequel is a better package overall.
  10. Furious, tense and surprisingly deep, Space Invaders Extreme 2 is the gaming equivalent of a sugar-high. An addictive and compulsive experience, no shoot-em-up fan should pass this one by.
  11. Space Invaders Extreme 2 is among the most enjoyable games on the DS; while the multiplayer aspect could have been better, everything is excellent and simply amazing. Plus, the game is only $20 new, boosting it from a must-have for shooter fans to being something that no DS owner should be without.
  12. Space invaders Extreme 2 reaffirms that remaking a classic can be done in a very thoughtful and entertaining way. Its gameplay is clever and addicting, and its stunning presentation makes a strong impression.
  13. Space Invaders Extreme 2 offers a better gameplay system than the first extreme edition appeared the last year. The amazing crazy visual effects, the funny and retro enemies with the score and time attack modes give to us an addictive experience. The best retro shooter and one of the best games in this year on Nintendo DS.
  14. Definitely pick this up if you liked the original. It will likely stay in your DS for quite some time.
  15. Fans of the original should definitely pick this up, and newcomers, if trying to choose, should definitely select Extreme 2 for all the extra polish.
  16. Somehow, the developers wrung all this out of a simplistic 30-year-old game that hasn't stood the test of time. That is a true accomplishment, and at $20 purchasing this title is a no-brainer.
  17. Games Master UK
    83
    An old classic reborn and a must for shooter fans. Be warned: it's more addictive than ever. [Oct 2009, p.79]
  18. Overall, Space Invaders Extreme 2 offers more fun shooter action. If you liked the first one, go grab this $20 bargain. It’s just too bad that PSP and Xbox Live Arcade fans of the series are left in the lurch for the time being.
  19. Space Invaders Extreme 2 keeps the same addictive elements that made the first game so good and adds a few new features, but it's more of an incremental improvement.
  20. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    80
    It's Space Invaders, done really well with killer future-retro graphics and gameplay. [Oct 2009, p.82]
  21. The granddaddy of all shoot 'em-ups returns in one of the most accomplished retro updates ever seen.
  22. games(TM)
    80
    The big question is, can this sequel offer enough for anyone who has already played the original to death. And the answer is a resounding yes. [Nov 2009, p.130]
  23. 80
    This is still a brilliant, addictive shooter that will keep you coming back, aiming for that high score.
  24. Space Invaders Extreme 2 is a fun and solid shooter that exudes tons of old-school charm and addictive gameplay. Unfortunately, it doesn't add much new for fans of the first game, and feels pretty stagnant as a result.
  25. Looks like a mish-mash of retro graphics, dated gameplay and a thumping dance soundtrack, but it combines to be something brilliant. The gameplay is deceptively deep, the high score chasing is dangerously addictive, and the presentation is just as about as stylish as Space Invaders could possibly be. This is a must own for DS-owning arcade gamers.
  26. 80
    It's still a fantastic update to an arcade classic, and it's hard to argue with its low $20 price tag -- if you happened to miss the first installment, don't make the same mistake twice.
  27. Nintendo Power
    80
    Not radically different from last year's Space Invaders reboot, Extreme 2 offers new enemy formations and bosses, a Time Attack mode, and branching levels. [Dec 2009, p.88]
  28. With an enhanced battle system, extra game modes, tweaked gameplay and cooperative wireless play on the DS, the game delivers on one of the single most overlooked factors in game production: fun. Space Invaders Extreme 2 is addictive and fun.
  29. Space Invaders Extreme 2 is more balanced and involving than its predecessor. Its intricate combo scoring is more accessible, deeper and more addictive than the first game's, and it has plenty of longevity.
  30. Space Invaders Extreme 2 uses the dual screen in the right way, improving the already excellent gameplay that characterized the first episode of the series. The game is immediate and engaging, with a good balance of difficulty and an awesome mix of graphics and sound.
  31. Space Invaders Extreme 2 is a fun game, and it will only set you back $20.
  32. I really like the fact I can pop open Space Invaders Extreme 2. play for ten minutes and feel like I've had a satisfying game experience.
  33. Maybe I just need something more extreme to get excited about, but as it stands, it's a solid title that is worth picking up... if you don't have it already in some form. Unfortunately, it just reminds me that the word “extreme” has, sadly, lost any and all meaning to me.
  34. If you missed out on the last game, or if you are a big old Space Invaders fan, you can’t go wrong with this puppy.

Awards & Rankings

#60 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. SaganT
    Dec 20, 2009
    10
    Love, the music, love the game play, and love how there are many types of invaders instead of just one.
  2. DME
    Sep 24, 2010
    10
    Very good Nintendo DS game. One of my favorites and highly recommend to anyone who like classic gameplay, awesome soundtrack, wifi,Very good Nintendo DS game. One of my favorites and highly recommend to anyone who like classic gameplay, awesome soundtrack, wifi, multiplayer, briliant score system, and aliens. Full Review »