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02/04/2010 Family Family Gamer Review
Guest author: John Hood
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Space Invaders Infinity Gene iPhone

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Space Invaders Infinity Gene on iPhone blends classic shooting with your music library to create a strangely addictive experience. Like Space Invaders Extreme on the DS this understands both its history and new hardware perfectly, and delivers intelligently on both counts.

Along comes the video game that started it all - for me at least - the Granddaddy of shooters. Space Invaders. Triumphantly returning in a newly-evolved incarnation, Taito splices Space Invader and the iPhone's 3.0 DNA to create a species surpassing spellbinder.

At just GBP2.99 in the App store Taito's Space Invaders Infinity Gene is a scrolling shooter that uses Space Invaders characters, but incorporates shooter elements from RayForce, RayStorm, RayCrisis games. To this is adds some great little role play elements to extend the experience.

Space Invaders Infinity Gene embraces a new iPhone 3.0 feature that allows applications to access your iTunes music library on the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad. Doing so, not only lets you listen to the latest Black Eyed Peas' single or relive childhood dreams of being The Last Starfighter, but at the same time an algorithm creates a unique level design, using the music as the unique seed.

I played a level listening to 'Boom Boom Pow' and the screen was transformed into retro razzle-dazzle with Tron neon as icing on the cake. No hint of slowdown whatsoever.

Makes it even better for those times when you're trying to sneak a quick battle in during the day.

But for all the abundant technological prowess on display here, there's a fly in the ointment! For some inexplicable reason my iPod touch (2G) prompts me to repeatedly reboot due to lack of memory. Hopefully this memory management issue will be fixed in a future update that also ushers in so-called 'augmented reality' with OS 3.1. Just in time for the rumoured iPod touch (3G) this upcoming gift giving season.

Technical problems aside though, this is quite possibly one of the best video gaming experiences I've had on any platform. Space Invaders Infinity Gene should be on every video gamers must-have list.

Guest review by John Hood

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