Space Invaders Infinity Gene Review
- Not just another Space Invaders clone
- Great controls mean you won't close this game out of frustration.
- A lot of backtracking to get every last "evolution" unlocked.
- The music has a lot left to be desired.
Infinity Gene takes the iPhone very seriously as a hand held game console and it does so with all the polish an arcade giant like Taito can give it.
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You'd be forgiven for thinking that this game was just another attempt to return to a classic game and just give it a new twist, because you'd be wrong. Space Invaders Infinity Gene by Taito isn't just a rehash of an old game, it's a new game all in itself. Taito may have arguably started the popular trend for shoot-em-ups and Infinity Gene is almost like watching the genre come full circle.
Instead of opting for tilt-controls to free the screen entirely, Infinity Gene allows a player to touch and drag from any point on the screen to move their ship with incredible finesse. This is a godsend that allows you to weave with the precision that a fingertip provides without obscuring the visuals.
And how about those visuals. Taito has continued their Space Invaders remake trend by using trippy scanline backgrounds that almost make you wonder if this game has slipped through from an arcade in an alternative dimension where the 70s never ended. The music can be grating so iTunes may be a regular favorite while playing. Speaking of which, one added feature of the game is the ability to have custom levels made from scanning any song you want to pick and using it as background music.
Fans of the shoot-em-up, Space Invaders and challenging games in general will get a huge kick out of this game. Higher scores will earn you more points to "evolve" your gameplay (by adding in new weapons and game features), with no two games quite feeling the same.
DescriptionAward-winning and critically acclaimed!
91 Metascore on Metacritic!
Featured in the App Hall of Fame!
Named Best Retro Reborn Game at the 2009 Best App Ever Awards!
Gamasutra's top iPhone game of 2009!!
Winner of the Gold Award and the No.2 game on Pocket Gamer's Q3 2009 Quality Index!
The more you play, the more the game evolves!!!
Play original stages with your favorite music!!!
That legendary shooter, "Space Invaders" has evolved once again with an unprecedented new system!
The game starts off looking like the classic "Space Invaders". But the more you play, the more the game "evolves". Unlock new stages and new system features for a whole new shooting game experience!
Build your own evolutionary tree!
What's more, you can also play original stages with the music in your iTunes library!
Needless to say, these original stages will evolve as well!
The ultimate game with infinite gameplay!!!
* Please note that on the 3rd generation iPad some text will be displayed in a non-Retina font.
The game that's taken the world by storm!!
Infinity Gene is both a fantastic retro revival and a exceptional vertical shooter in its own right. This is high praise on any platform, but to achieve such heights on the iPhone is nothing short of remarkable.
"Space Invaders Infinite Gene is an amazing effort by Taito to bring a fresh and modern version of Space Invaders to the iPhone.
The loads of unlockables, varied gameplay and music-generated levels should give this game a long shelf life on your iPhone. If it's not obvious by now, we highly recommend buying this game."
- Touch Arcade
"Infinity Gene allows a new generation of gamers to revel in its gameplay, fulfilling the promise of Space Invaders Infinity Gene's genetic legacy in a very real and wonderfully entertaining way."
- Pocket Gamer
"Infinity Gene is a lengthy playthrough with tons of unlockable content, and you’ll love every second of it. Even in its most difficult moments, Infinity Gene is a joy to play, and you’ll want to keep coming back to earn higher scores and to rise further in the evolutionary ranks, even if it’s at the expense of needed sleep."
Platform:iPhone 3GS / iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S / iPhone 5 /2nd, 3rd, 4th generation iPod touch / iPad / iPad2 / 3rd generation iPad