Space Invaders Invincible Collection is the latest collection of classic Space Invader games on the Nintendo Switch. While there was already a Space Invaders Forever collection that appeared last year, that one only had a paltry three games. Space Invaders Invincible Collection however has ELEVEN games, three of which were included in the Forever collection. That means if you’re a fan of Space Invaders and didn’t pick up Space Invaders Forever, skip that and go straight to Space Invaders Invincible Collection. This collection is again brought to us by TAITO and ININ Games.
So what games are included in Space Invaders Invincible Collection?
- Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – b/w
- Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – colour
- Space Invaders Part II (1979, Arcade)
- Lunar Rescue (1979, Arcade)
- Space Cyclone (1980, Arcade)
- Majestic Twelve: The Space Invaders Part IV (1990, Arcade)
- Super Space Invaders ’91 (1990, Arcade)
- Space Invaders DX (1994, Arcade)
- Space Invaders Extreme (2018)
- Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE (2018)
- Arkanoid vs Space Invaders (2016)
That’s a good hefty amount of games in this collection and I love the fact that they went with such a wide variety of Space Invader game types. While some in here are classic Space Invaders, others are variations of the game that either modernize the core game with new features and game types.
Let’s start with the first six games on that list above. Because these are arcade games, they fit oddly on the Nintendo Switch screen. Basically you’ll see two huge borders on the left and right side of the game and there isn’t much you can really do about that. They do fill this area in with some graphics and art so they aren’t just black, so at least there’s that. There is a way in the settings to rotate the screen so the game itself fills up the screen better in portrait mode, but the controls do not get adjusted for this. If you play in this mode, moving left or right becomes up and down on the d-pad and you still have to use the buttons to shoot, which makes playing and holding the Nintendo Switch a bit odd when playing in this mode. I just wouldn’t do it and just stick to playing in landscape. I will say that the arcade games are pretty faithful to the originals. These are pretty much straight up, classic Space Invaders.
Anyways, it isn’t until you get to Space Invaders DX and beyond that the games start to take up more of the screen real estate. Space Invaders DX however is still pretty much like classic Space Invaders and even seems to be its own collection of games. There’s even a weird parody game in there that’s like Space Invaders, but with weird characters.
My favorite game in this collection is still Space Invaders Extreme. Space Invaders Extreme is a real treat and is basically Space Invaders for the modern era. This game features improved graphics, sound, a new techno-inspired soundtrack, and vibrant visuals. This is probably my favorite of the three games. It’s ridiculously fun and addictive and fast paced. The music really helps with the flow and I love that all the sound effects go in beat with the music. It’s like they musicfied Space Invaders and the results are just perfect. The gameplay at its core is classic Space Invaders but with a twist. There are lots of different game types blended in and lots of cool power-ups you can use. This is mainly a race to see who gets the highest scores and how far you can get with the included 16 stages.
Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE takes a more classical approach to Space Invaders, but adds 4-player co-op into the mix. It’s local co-op only though so this is best played on your television with 4 separate controllers. The graphics here are just so-so, and are more inline with the original game. It’s colorful, but the makeover isn’t as intense as in Space Invaders Extreme. Also, because this mode is mainly suited towards multiplayer, you might not even play this if you’re mainly running solo or on a Nintendo Switch Lite. This game definitely works better on the regular Switch.
While most games in this collection are accessed from a central menu, Arkanoid vs Space Invaders is not and is included as a whole separate game you need to download. This is because the game is played with your Nintendo Switch held in portrait mode and utilizes the touchscreen instead of the physicals buttons. This doesn’t really play like Space Invaders. The mechanics are more Arkanoid as you pilot a small paddle-shaped ship that can bounce back enemy fire from the Space Invaders. You use these to destroy blocks and the ships.
So if you’re a fan of Space Invaders, Space Invaders Invincible Collection is a must buy. It includes pretty much every definitive arcade version of Space Invaders that has come out in the past along with a few modernized console interpretations. The classic games alone are worth the experience, but I love playing the modern versions of Space Invaders a bit more.
Space Invaders Invincible Collection is available now on the Nintendo eShop for $59.99.
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