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Arkanoid vs Space Invaders

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Addictive, clever mash-up of two classic arcade games.

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In the tradition of King Kong vs. Godzilla, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Peanut Butter Vs. Chocolate comes this clever mash-up of two classic arcade games. As the name suggests, Arkanoid vs Space Invaders once again has you trying to defeat the alien invaders who like to march in lockstep. But unlike the original Space Invaders from 1978, you don't move a laser cannon back and forth. Instead, you have to move a reflective platform around the lower part of the screen, both horizontally and vertically, so it can bounce the aliens' lasers back up at them. Y'know, like how you deflected the bouncing ball at bricks you wanted to break in 1986's Arkanoid. Not surprisingly, some of the aliens will hide behind blocks you have to destroy first. There are also times when your ship turns into a giant bow and arrow, which shoots a powerful burst that can take down multiple enemies. Just make sure you get them all before time runs out. As you progress, you'll unlock new pilots and power-ups that can make your ship wider or deflected bullets go faster. You can even go back and replay previous battles at a more challenging difficulty. In fact, the only negative thing we can say about this is that the music is annoying, but even that's a moot complaint since you can turn it down or off. Which is why Arkanoid vs Space Invaders is two great arcade games that taste great together.

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