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Crazy Invaders review (iPod/iPhone)

August 14, 2011

“I’m crazy for trying and crazy for crying”

10 word description: Defend Earth from the Crazy Invaders. Weapon upgrades, Game Center.

Tap where you want to shoot. Wait about a second and the gun will fire

10 word review: Repetitive screen-tapping exercise plagued by response delay when firing.

As you progress, more invaders appear

You will like this if you enjoy: Simple screen-tapping shooter games. An example of another game in this genre would be Space Frak.

They're so crazy ... they have 3 eyes!

The good news: The graphics aren’t too bad, if you’re a fan of generic aliens drawn by a pre-schooler. The upgrades save it from complete monotony, just about.

You earn money each level, which can be spent on extra weapons, etc.

The bad news: There’s always a delay between tapping and firing, which makes it seem like a deliberate design decision. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t enhance the gameplay at all. Most of the time you end up firing twice when you only wanted to fire once, because you didn’t realise that your first tap had registered. I don’t want to have to “get used to” this sort of negative game feature.

Eventually, there will be too many invaders on-screen for the firing delay to cope with

Arcadelife verdict: Not the most interesting, fun or attractive game I’ve seen this week, that’s for sure. I know there’s a market for supremely casual screen-tapping games with doodle-esque graphics but I think it’s time the makers of these games put a bit more effort into producing something at least remotely entertaining. The addition of Game Center leaderboards and achievements appears to be almost an excuse these days for putting out games with few redeeming features.

Relief comes in the form of a "Level Failed" screen

Arcadelife rating: 30/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Games by Bob / Crazy Invaders website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.5)
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