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  • Summary: New Look: The classic design of the original SPACE INVADERS, now with revamped graphics and new background movies that add to the game’s excitement. New Music: Get in the groove with up-beat techno tunes that are synched to gameplay. New Mini-Games: Experience varied gameplay with mini-gamesNew Look: The classic design of the original SPACE INVADERS, now with revamped graphics and new background movies that add to the game’s excitement. New Music: Get in the groove with up-beat techno tunes that are synched to gameplay. New Mini-Games: Experience varied gameplay with mini-games (Rounds) that are launched mid-game – they add to the fun, and are a good way to rack up points. New Twists: Discover exciting twists to the classic game that provide swift, fast-paced game play. New Multiplayer Element: Battle against a friend with the all-new multiplayer element, available on both platforms. [Taito] Expand
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  1. 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.
  2. 91
    Extreme's wonderfully remixed gameplay comes at you in fluid, seamless waves that offer a surprising amount of freedom and replay value.
  3. No matter what kind of gamer you are, you need this in your PSP library.
  4. Simplicity incarnate, but, amazingly, turns the age old concept of left, right and fire into a strategic masterclass. [Sept 2008, p.78]
  5. A brilliant little gem to help while away a sweaty Summer.
  6. Somehow, Taito and Square Enix managed to take a 30-year old formula and inject new life into the classic shooter to make this one seriously addictive game for gamers both young and old school.
  7. Perhaps an online component would have improved on this, but as it is, it's only half of the game, albeit a pretty entertaining half.

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  1. ToddSmith
    Dec 13, 2008
    10
    Among the best arcade games on the PSP. An overall great game in general. It's not just Space Invaders with a coat of shiny paint. ItAmong the best arcade games on the PSP. An overall great game in general. It's not just Space Invaders with a coat of shiny paint. It improves upon the original arcade classic in so many ways while still keeping the fundamentals which made the game a classic in the first place. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    May 17, 2008
    10
    I played the demo and was instantly sucked in. The graphic updates and slight game mechanics make if not on par but better than the original I played the demo and was instantly sucked in. The graphic updates and slight game mechanics make if not on par but better than the original space invaders. An this gameplay makes it a great portable. Its best played on the psp to because the ds has two screens, meaning your guy is on the bottom screen an the enemy are on the top screen it can get a little annoying. Expand
  3. Xuse2005
    May 16, 2008
    9
    Space Invader's Extreme is one of the most enjoyable games I have played on the PSP. Every single aspect of the original Space Invaders Space Invader's Extreme is one of the most enjoyable games I have played on the PSP. Every single aspect of the original Space Invaders has been improved. The level of improvement of this game over previous incarnations is like the difference between RE3 and RE4. It will be $20 in the US when it is released so you have NO excuse for not buying. Pre-orders will encourage Taito to keep up with this near flawless effort. Expand
  4. Xuse
    May 16, 2008
    9
    Space Invader's Extreme is one of the most enjoyable games I have played on the PSP. Every single aspect of the original Space Invaders Space Invader's Extreme is one of the most enjoyable games I have played on the PSP. Every single aspect of the original Space Invaders has been improved. The level of improvement of this game over previous incarnations is like the difference between RE3 and RE4. It will be $20 in the US when it is released so you have NO excuse for not buying. Pre-orders will encourage Taito to keep making quality games. Expand
  5. WadeMcGuiggan
    Jul 24, 2008
    8
    This is a 2008 Surprise of the Year candidate for a number of reasons:

    * It's a Space Invaders update attempt. These have
    This is a 2008 Surprise of the Year candidate for a number of reasons:

    * It's a Space Invaders update attempt. These have historically ranged from utter crap to subaverage.

    * It has the word "Extreme" in the title. This is usually the pierced tounge kiss of death for a videogame.

    * Taito's attempts at remaking Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands for the DS and PSP were major disappointments.

    * Space Invaders Extreme flies in the face of all these points and turns out to be the best retro revival this side of Pacman Championship Edition on XBox Live Arcade.

    The developers of Space Invaders Extreme seem to be big fans of Q Entertainment's games (eg. Lumines, Every Extend Extra, Rez HD) because they go for a very similar visual/aural style with this. They've also clearly examined what makes Q Entertainment's games work because Space Invaders Extreme is videogaming LSD at it's finest.
    While the main game may seem a bit brief, the urge to play on to milk the levels for all they're worth (and hopefully get S grades all the way, which I certainly haven't done) will keep me coming back to this for quite a while.
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  6. Barry
    Jul 7, 2008
    7
    Fun to pick up and play for a short period of time but ultimately doesn't feel very rewarding.