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With Alien Crush Returns, Hudson has somehow managed to retain all of the unique and addictive elements of the original game while simultaneously adding in enough fresh game play ideas to bring the cult classic properly up to date. While the game is a bit on the short side and doesn't feature the type of depth some gamers might be looking for, it's difficult to deny that Alien Crush Returns is everything an Alien Crush fan could want out of a remake; the only problem is that it just leaves you wanting more. Hopefully the downloadable content will help alleviate that.
With that said, there's still a lot to see in Alien Crush Returns, and it makes for a fun experience. Online leaderboards are available for every map, and include both score and time trial modes. You can connect online with friends, region players, or worldwide and play four-player vs. ball, and the promise of additional downloadable content in the form of extra stages (the game is a little too short now) and action abilities could open up the package substantially. While story mode is a bit simple, the animation and overall visual presentation the game is pretty impressive overall, and at the end of the day, the game is fun enough to warrant an 800 point purchase if you're into pinball, or were a fan of the older Alien Crush/Devil's Crush games. It isn't perfect, but it's certainly a fun game to play between lengthier, full-fledged Wii titles. Hopefully the downloadable content delivers, as it could really flesh out a package that is -in its current state - fun, but shallow.