Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
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  1. 90
    A certified hit and easily the company’s best effort in contemporizing its classic property. The game’s an absolute steal at 20 bucks on either the Nintendo DS or the PlayStation Portable, but if you want the definitive version of this fantastic classic revisit, the Nintendo DS version is it.
  2. Fast-paced shooting action and enjoyable multiplayer help the Space Invaders series celebrate its 30th anniversary in style.
  3. It takes some clever thinking to take something this old and make it feel new again. Square Enix has done exactly that by maintaining the core "shoot the aliens" gameplay while dramatically expanding the strategy and skill required to succeed in the endeavor. [July 2008, p.95]
  4. The tried-and-true gameplay is intact but with just the right touch of refinement for anyone to pick up and enjoy.
  5. In theme, premise, and execution, the classic Space Invaders is an archetypal cliché. Space Invaders Extreme recognizes this, and it succeeds where other revivals have failed because it isn't concerned with what Space Invaders was, nor does it try to imagine what Space Invaders would be had it been imagined today. Instead, Extreme looks at what Space Invaders is; what it means to all of us.
  6. Space Invaders may now be the unfashionable side of 30 but it's still able to mix it up with the best modern gaming has to offer. This is a superlative modernisation of a classic game.
  7. At a $20 price point, Space Invaders Extreme is an absolute steal for DS/PSP owners out there. There's a lot of hidden depth to the single player experience, and you'll get a decent amount of use from the multiplayer aspect as well.
  8. In light of all that though, Space Invaders Extreme is still an exceptionally worthy addition to the franchise, giving you a healthy dose of nostalgia while still throwing enough good new ideas into the mix to keep the game fun in the short amount of time the experience lasts.
  9. 90
    The pop- and dance-oriented tunes and beats are pretty darn fine throughout, and the explosions you create are portrayed audibly not as concussive booms but as instrumental blasts that sync with the background music. Just one more reason the game is well worth investigation.
  10. If you like 'clever' shooters, those that offer you a challenging and unique range of ways to reach for the highest score, I'm not sure you can do much better than Space Invaders Extreme at the moment.
  11. Games Master UK
    The way retro remakes should always be. Fresh, but in keeping with the original spirit. [Sept 2008, p.80]
  12. 91
    Extreme's wonderfully remixed gameplay comes at you in fluid, seamless waves that offer a surprising amount of freedom and replay value.
  13. For quick-to-play, compelling arcade action - complete with a two-player head to head mode - it's hard to imagine a better package. Don't miss this one.
  14. games(TM)
    Space Invaders Extreme’s nearest contemporary is Ikaruga. But even Treasure’s superb blaster is unable to match the sheer intricacy that Taito has managed to pack into this diminutive shooter. [May 2008, p.125]
  15. Space Invaders Extreme is a supremely well done arcade update, and a meaty, addictive portable game in its own right.
  16. The high-score hunting gameplay makes for an incredibly addictive retro gaming experience, and the sleek presentation gives it a modern appearance and feel.
  17. Even if you’ve never tried Space Invaders before, the title is totally worth it for the sheer bang for your buck factor. When $20 buys you one of the best-updated classic games of all time, you have no reason to complain.
  18. Space Invaders Extreme is a surprisingly pleasant sequel to the original game. The gameplay and style have been overhauled to fit more in this time and it only has a positive influence on the concept. The game just works and is a great addition to anyone’s collection.
  19. An outstanding package complete with everything you could possibly want from a Space Invaders title. The core game experience simply bombards your senses with awesomeness and could not be a greater joy to experience.
  20. You'll find that it will make its way into your collection of games that you always take on the road with you and that you'll pull it out for some techno-laced invader blasting fun time and again.
  21. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    "Groovy," "trippy"...however you want to describe it, Extreme does right by the classic. [July 2008, p.84]
  22. Nintendo Power
    The easy-to-learn basics that made the game a hit 30 years ago are still there--just wrapped up in a glitzier and deeper game. [July 2008, p.90]
  23. While the graphics are definitely dated, it’s the audio that makes the game stand out; crafting a classic game around music was definitely a gamble, and it really paid off this time.
  24. 75
    An addictive and worthy remake of the arcade classic. While the single-player experience is a little limited, if you're into high scores and competitive multi-player, then you should look no further.
  25. Space Invaders Extreme shows what can happen when a classic receives the kind of attention needed for rejuvenation, without sacrificing its core. If you’ve never played Space Invaders before, or simply want to rekindle that old arcade flame, you can’t go wrong with this portable invasion.
  26. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Space Invaders in a fancy, modern look. Unusual and catchy gameplay, multiplayer and boss fights makes this game perfect for long trips. [Aug 2008]
  27. 80
    Space Invaders Extreme should be the next game you buy for your DS.
  28. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Fast paced, challenging and totally mental, this is a pumping update of the ancient shooter. [Aug 2008, p.87]
  29. Nintendo Gamer
    It's brilliant, compelling, and the Wi-Fi score stakes are high. [May 2008, p.65]
  30. While a few faults hurt the game -- like the difficulty and meager amount of levels -- the main foundation of this title is fabulous.
  31. The multiplayer is excellent too, whether playing with someone locally or uploading scores to an online leaderboard.
  32. If you have friends who enjoy having a little bit of fun, it's the DS version you want.
  33. Space Invaders Extreme is easily one of the best games we’ve ever played on the DS and it has some competition. As far as DS shooters go, it is king.
  34. 80
    The graphics are crisp and sharp, not too snazzy and not too lazy. It all feels just right. It is simple, but intelligent. It feels fresh and familiar. Not too easy, not too hard. Space Invaders Extreme is a walking oxymoron.
  35. Like Pac-Man: Championship Edition, this budget-priced handheld shooter stays true to the core gameplay and aesthetic of the arcade innovator it seeks to update.
  36. For everyone, it's a great deal—for $20 you not only get hours of great entertainment, you get your own little piece of video gaming history.
  37. It may sound simple -- and really, it is -- but Space Invaders Extreme loses nothing in playability.
  38. 80
    Nothing should stop any self-respecting gamer from picking up this title.
  39. A enjoyable experience all around; while perfect for 'retro' gamers, it packs enough style to reel in newcomers as well.
  40. As it stands, Space Invaders Extreme is a well priced, solid game that is a shining example of how the classics should be remade.

Awards & Rankings

#46 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#50 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. PatrickA
    Aug 1, 2008
    This game is a pretty fantastic breath of life into a retro classic. The "Extreme" aspects are fantastic and the music syncing (almostThis game is a pretty fantastic breath of life into a retro classic. The "Extreme" aspects are fantastic and the music syncing (almost perfectly) to your shots is a very nice side effect, which finds you trying to make music with your own shooting once you're done blasting aliens. Definitely worth its price. Full Review »
  2. StevenW
    Jun 30, 2008
    This is by far one of the most addicting games I've played on the DS so far. Although the game is really not much like Space Invaders -- This is by far one of the most addicting games I've played on the DS so far. Although the game is really not much like Space Invaders -- it's more like Galaga -- it's is incredibly fun. A must have for all DS owners. Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jun 20, 2008
    Great game. Adds powerups, music and flashy background animations to spice it up. Plus it's a bargain.. got it for 20$.