The top-down scrolling shoot-em-up is something of a legend in the games industry, dating all the way back to the bad hair decade that was the 1980s. Well, the hair may have gone (literally in some cases) but the genre is still here, and now it's about to unleash another title. It's called Invader and it's for Game Boy Advance. We guess there's another evil invasion force at work, then.
In this latest space war epic, you're pitted against the Swarm, a seemingly unstoppable alien force that threatens to destroy your solar system, Alpha Necronis. The sinister organisation, Swarm, is single-handedly responsible for 600 years of destructive war between your world, Rygot, and a neighbouring planet, Ixaban. Now it's time to settle all differences and join forces with your former enemy in order to eradicate Swarm from your solar system, so that peace will prevail over your people once more. Grab the controls of either a Rygotian or an Ixaban ship and get ready to join a fast-paced and explosive battle.
Very much a retro game, Invader's typical 2D locales play host to a seemingly neverending onslaught of alien and mechanical bad guys, which can either be cleverly avoided or destroyed via a series of bombs, lasers, rockets and other weapons power-ups. These collectibles are invaluable to your progress in Invader, and will help protect you against the Swarm's myriad attacks and imminent end-of-level bosses.
Graphically speaking, Invader includes real-time shadow casting, multi-layer parallax scrolling, variable weather, transparent water and night and day environments, and while these features are pure eye candy, they're very welcome nonetheless.
Although Invader offers little in terms of originality, its old school gameplay will rightly ensure its appeal, particularly with the older gaming community.