Released by Basic Fun (basicfun.com) this year (2016) this little minicade is actually quite a bit of fun. It has the same cabinet design as the earlier Pac Man but the packaging is much different. Whereas the Pac Man minicade had a sealed plastic shell you had to cut apart, Space Invaders comes in a regular flap top box! plus it has some great artwork on it, so makes it worth to keep you minicade in the box on the shelf when not in use!
One of the cool features of this little minicade is it has the arcade sounds of Space Invaders! from the march of the invaders to that awesome sound when you shoot the ufo, this minicade as it all! The controls are very responsive and it does feature a auto power down feature (if the unit is left alone for 60 seconds it will shut down). In addition it has a pause feature and a 3 position volume control (off, low, high).
The LCD represents the arcade game quite well, although shots are hard to see on the display. I like how they used the classic invaders of the arcade game, really adds to the experience! The game does have a timer that starts at 999 and counts down. I belive the was done due to the invaders not speeding up as they dwindle in numbers so it makes the game easier than the arcade version. The object is to see how far you can get in the levels and how high a score before you die or the timer runs out.
- Great packaging
- Authentic arcade sounds
- Responsive controls
- High score retention
- Nice plastic case with great decals
- Invaders do not speed up as they dwindle in number like the arcade
- Shots difficult to see on the screen
Overall I really like this Minicade!. Not as much as the Pac Man one Basic Fun released, but this one will have a happy home on my shelf and be played!
Rating: (3 out of 5 Minicades)
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