Straw hat with green leaves and old camera on white background, Summer background. Top view

Straw hat with green leaves and old camera on white background, Summer background. Top view

Space Invaders is a very old game. It has remained popular despite being released more than thirty decades ago. It still is the top arcade game of all times. It is unlikely that its status will be diminished in the near future.

Space Invaders for iPhone resembles the classic game a lot. This is a plus point as far as retro gamers are concerned. Other games of this genre like Pac-Man and Tetris have undergone upgrades to make it suitable for mobile gaming. However, Space Invaders has not deviated from its original mode. As a gamer, you have no option to save the game. This means you can progress far in the game only if you ready to drop everything else. The level of difficulty is quite tough and the controls need some tweaking and improvement.

What is Space Invaders all about? You have a laser at the bottom of your screen. The aliens are out to get you and can be found in the middle of the screen. They slowly advance on you and your job is to make the laser and the aliens meet. Once these creatures are shot and blasted, the remaining creatures increase their speed and killing them becomes difficult. The sound effects of the game, at this stage, will give you an adrenaline rush that you can never forget. Along with the increase in the speed, the alien begin firing at you and you are forced to take cover under bunkers. However, this can not be done for long as the bunkers are soon obliterated by the alien firing.

After completion of one level, you enter the subsequent level which is a bit more difficult than the preceding one. The real indicator of your success or failure in Space Invaders, like most of the early arcade games, is your score. This game can be, at least in theory, played indefinitely. The absence of an online leaderboard to boast about your gaming skills is a drawback. What is the fun in scoring a lot if you can not spread the word among others? Space Invaders is extremely challenging but can quickly become monotonous.

It must be noted that there is one area where Space Invaders has not changed even one bit. The graphics and sounds department is practically the same that was used in the arcade versions. Except for the option of colorful aliens to blast and upgraded backgrounds, everything else remains the same. If you are expecting to scare your girlfriend with the aliens, you are in for a disappointment. The aliens look like crabs and bats and are not even remotely scary. If you have played this game before, the bleep and bloop sounds will bring back fond memories.

The game controls include the classic control option, the touch screen control option and the accelerometer controls. In the first one, you have an on screen joystick to control the laser. The second one is the least functional while the last mode is the coolest one among them all.

After playing Retro Game Challenge on the DS, it's tougher for me to get excited about these straight ports of classic games, especially at the current price. While there's nothing inherently wrong with it, as most players should know exactly what to expect going in, I'd like to see some form of additional content added to these games to at least make them slightly unique from the scores of other releases that have come over over the years. You do get some conceptual art, but that's it. Still, if you need a little Space Invaders action on the go, this will satisfy that need.

Final Score: 6 out of 10