|Space Invaders has a long, distinguished history. One of the first games ever created for the computer, it has been through many iterations since its release way back in 1978 - over 20 years ago. Space Invaders has reached a new stage of evolution with its latest incarnation on the GameBoy Advance.
If you've played Space Invaders once, you know the recipe. You're a little tank at the bottom of the screen, and you can only move left and right, as you dodge shots falling down from the rows of alien ships above you and return fire. The GameBoy Advance version is a great rehash of this simple concept.
If you're feeling especially nostalgic, you can play the original version of the game, complete with about 4 colours in total and the familiar shape of the old Invaders. However, that sure would be wasting a lot of potential, and as such you should really be spending your time on the new enhanced version.
The new version features rich colours and backgrounds, a variety of detailed alien ships, and nice explosions. Many of the ships have different attacks and features, and you're given various powerups for destroying four of them in a row. This last sounds like a fairly minor addition, but it actually adds quite a bit to the otherwise simple gameplay, as it forces you to choose your shots carefully in order to get the best powerup for the situation.
The sounds and music have had a rework, and both fit in nicely with the gameplay. Multiplayer is also available in the game if you've got two copies and a link cable (and, uh, another GBA, of course!), which gives you some new action and extends the longevity of the game.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one - while it's an extremely simple game, it retains the same basic element of fun that was always present in Space Invaders. It is a great game to kick back with and just releax and enjoy - no serious concentrating or battling the dark screen of the GameBoy to catch details in the scenery which you might need to win. If you're looking for a nice, simple game for you or the kids, this one is worth a look.