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Invaders World Tour 3 Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on December 14, 2010


Invaders World Tour 3
  • Publisher: Appular
  • Genre: Arcade
  • Released: 14 Dec, 2010
  • Size: 133.8 MB
  • Price: $1.99
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Rating

PROS

  • Classic gaming with a modern twist.
  • Plenty of power-ups and mini-games to unlock.
  • Simple tilt and tap control scheme.
  • vBOX audio system to record your own sound effects.

CONS

  • Power-ups need to be shot; limits your chances to upgrade your ship.
  • vBOX controls can be hard to use effectively.

VERDICT

Invaders World Tour 3 manages to retain the feel of an old-school game while adding enough modern Arcade influences to keep the game short and exciting.


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Invaders World Tour 3 by Appular and MeYuMe is yet another dive in to the nostalgia pool of ideas, however this Space Invaders inspired title is packed with modern updates and players can dive in to a quick game to relive the classic days of gaming without giving up the mod-cons we've come to expect in Arcade titles.

The basic setup will be familiar to old school gamers, with players being given three shields to hide behind and a ship that can be moved back and forth on the bottom of the screen. Tapping the screen will fire up to three missiles at a time, though this limit can be exceeded thanks to power-ups dropped by ships passing along the very top of the screen. Your enemies will progress back and forth on the screen and depending on how many of their allies are left they can split off from the pack and perform one of a variety of maneuvers to attack your ship, though your shields can provide a temporary safe-haven until they've taken too much damage.

As you complete stages you'll also be given the chance to participate in one of several mini-games to boost your score and every few stages you'll be whisked off to a new location around the world to continue your defense of the planet. Power-ups earned can carry over between stages, so while you can start a new game at a specific future location, you'll miss out on the opportunity to gain important bonuses to make your life easier. Finally, an interesting feature dubbed 'vBOX' has been included as well, giving you the opportunity to record your own sound effect sequences in place of those in the game. It didn't seem to work as well as intended, however it's a neat feature and sounds can be shared between friends via Bluetooth.

Ultimately, Invaders World Tour 3 still feels like Space Invaders despite the modern graphics, AI, power-ups and mini-games, but that's not a bad thing at all because it retains a lot of the addictive simplicity of this classic game as well. Worth checking out if you're a fan of classic arcade titles.

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