|System: Wii (WiiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Taito||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Square Enix||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Dec. 1, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Leveling a city is quite satisfying. However, technological advances have made the humans far more powerful than they were back in the 8-bit days. This makes your task all the more interesting. Along your rampaging path of destruction youll face a broad array of resistance. Piddling little tanks, choppers, and mini-turrets are easily dodged or taken out, but massive, building-size battle tanks and armored towers that launch lasers and heat-seeking missiles are far more dangerous. Then there are the hulking boss battles against all manner of mechanized creatures and contraptions.
The control setup for your default ship allows you to move your UFO in any direction using the Nunchuks control stick. Tapping Z gives you a boost of speed and the C button calls down the motherships rain of fire. At the same time, you can also fire aliens in any direction by pointing the Wii Remote at the target and hitting the A button. You can easily cycle through the different attacks by pressing B. Generally, the controls work well, but they can sometimes feel sluggish when the battle is raging across the entire screen. It also doesnt help that the onscreen HUD has large elements that tend to obscure some of the action.
Get Evens presentation just screams retro, right down to the menu interface. Its graphically on par with a full-blown retail release, which is a nice surprise. The explosions and visual effects are particularly impressive, and theres a lot of detail packed into each screen. Though the graphics hold a certain amount of charm, the games tongue-in-cheek humor greatly adds to the fun. Among other minor gags, you can have your UFO abduct cows from nearby farms for scientific research (and a time boost), and a short landing amidst the mini Stonehenge located in some levels recharges your energy. Also, near-constant radio chatter throughout each level provides often hilarious banter between human forces as you tear them to bits.
Theres one important thing to note before going into Get Even. While the initial game download is a mere 500 Wii Points, it only contains two areas and a boss battle. To get access to additional areas, youll have to shell out 500 additional Wii Points each for three add-on level packs. Each offers a new ship, new objectives, and new levels. Given the amount and quality of the content, $20 isnt a bad price for all the game has to offer. Its also cool to be able to buy it in chunks as you go. Once the game gets its hooks into, youll probably want to pick up whole thing. Space Invaders: Get Even is a delightful new twist on a classic that mixes addictive gameplay with a lighthearted spirit and plenty of humor to create one of the better WiiWare-only releases weve seen in some time. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
CCC Staff Contributor