Day 58: Revenge of the Evil Aliens

Posted: 2011/01/06 in Indie Games
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I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and no longer appear in the top 50 downloads. Today is day #58, and today’s game is “Revenge of the Evil Aliens”.

This game blends a 1950s-era alien invasion aesthetic with a twin-stick shooter and maze elements to come up with good campy fun for 80 Microsoft Points.

Despite the stress of the person in the youtube video, I think the game is actually pretty relaxing and an enjoyable game to play right before bed. The enemies are numerous but weak and move slowly, giving you time to position yourself and a reasonable chance of surviving despite playing in a relaxed mindset. The campy humour of the game (including fighting alien brains in space in at least one level) and the power-up system (which allows you to anticipate what power-up you’ll get based on a strategically placed and colour-coded enemy inside each wave) work well with the game. Finally, the maze/dodge-’em-up elements during the asteroid waves add appreciated variety. You have to play on hard mode in order to fight the final boss, which adds some replay value if you start on a lower skill level. It doesn’t blaze too many new trails, but does blend a few elements that I hadn’t seen together before (keep in mind that this game came out before Prismatic Solid and Hypership Out Of Control) and has some very imaginative bosses.

Recommended for anyone who hasn’t played a twin-stick shooter for a while, and for anyone who likes campy humour (especially of the Mars Attacks! variety).

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