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Spac3 Invaders Extr3me

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The pixelated aliens are back to celebrate their 30th anniversary!

Taking a cue from other recent arcade classic updates, Space Invaders Extreme takes the gameplay of the 1978 classic, and reinvents it, giving power-up blasters, boss aliens, and an electronic soundtrack that plays in sync with the onscreen action.

Basic gameplay remains the same: Players guide a ground based cannon either left or right, blasting an oncoming fleet of invaders before they reach the ground. The main objective is to get as many points as possible before running out of lives.

Space Invaders Extreme introduces new elements, such as invader fleets that break pattern from their left to right descent, boss aliens that require several hits to destroy, power-ups that enhance the cannon, allowing the player to wipe out multiple invaders at once, while racking up combos.

Wi-Fi play is also possible, allowing player to team up cooperatively, or compete against the other. The Nintendo DS version also has a feature for online ranking.


Spac3 Invaders Extr3me PSP Rainbow bonus received for shooting down an enemy.
Spac3 Invaders Extr3me PSP Enemies of different sizes
Spac3 Invaders Extr3me PSP Fever mini-game: shoot down the jackpot UFO before time runs out.
Spac3 Invaders Extr3me PSP Shoot 13 enemies in 10 seconds.

Alternate Titles

  • "Space Invaders Extreme" -- Alternate spelling

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The Press Says

Retro Gamer Xbox 360 Jun, 2009 93 out of 100 93
Pocket Gamer UK Nintendo DS Jul 01, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) PSP Jun 30, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
TotalPlayStation PSP Jun 25, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Jolt (UK) Nintendo DS Mar 15, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The PSP Sep 12, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamer 2.0 Nintendo DS Jun 24, 2008 8.1 out of 10 81
Gamer 2.0 PSP Jun 24, 2008 8.1 out of 10 81
Console Monster Xbox 360 May 18, 2009 80 out of 100 80 PSP Jul 07, 2008 14 out of 20 70


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1001 Video Games

Space Invaders Extreme appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – #3 PSP Game of the Year
    • 2008 – #5 Nintendo DS Game of the Year

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