Invasion Waves (PC)

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, September 19, 2005

Graphics: 10.00
Sound: 9.00
Gameplay: 9.50
Replays: 9.00

Invasion Waves is a new arcade style game from WildSnake Software for the PC. The best way to describe this game is a cross between Breakout and Space Invaders/Galaga, as you take out the aliens by hitting them with a ball shaped projectile. It starts out simple, but the challenge quickly ramps up as you beat each stage.

The in-game graphics are very nice looking. The game resembles a cartoon with clean and crisp graphics, and the special effects are very well done (such as that of an alien exploding as you hit it). Not only that, but the frame-rate is also consistent, something that is important as your projectile weapon is always moving across the screen. You can really tell that the development team put a lot of effort into making a clean looking game, and they have definitely succeeded.

Next, Invasion Waves also has a decent soundtrack. All of the sound effects are distinguishable and not too overdone, whether the aliens fire a shot off at you or you gain a power-up. Background music is of a techno variety, and has the name of the game (Invasion Waves) repeated in the background at times. It’s decent music, but can get repetitive after a certain amount of time. Overall though, the soundtrack is better than many of the other shareware games on the market.

Breakout is a pretty hard game to screw up. Fundamentally simple, most companies should easily be able to make a halfway decent clone of the game, and WildSnake has definitely gotten the fundamentals down. Using only the mouse, you move your ship across the bottom of the screen, and bounce your ball into oncoming aliens. However, all the while you will have to move your ship to dodge alien shots (or deflect them using your ball). In addition to this, you will also be able to collect power-ups for your ship that not only helps turn the tables, but that may also be required to defeat a certain type of alien. Certain power-ups (such as the rockets) must be fired using the left click on the mouse, while others take immediate effect. These power-ups are introduced gradually, and you are never overwhelmed by what is going on.

Invasion Waves also features over 100 levels, which are divided into “waves”. One problem is that you can’t save during a wave, meaning that if you’re halfway through one wave and die, you must replay the entire wave over from the beginning again if you hope to progress. While this isn’t a horrible problem, it can be annoying if you’ve invested a decent amount of time into the levels. Each major level adds something new to the mix, whether it is a boss, new power-up, or even just a new alien type to fight. These changes help insure that you will not get easily bored with the game. Not only this, but scores can be recorded on the company’s website, allowing for players to show off their high scores on the web.

Invasion Waves is a definite hit. It may only be an evolved version of the game Breakout, but is an excellent time waster for anyone willing to look into it. A free demo can be downloaded via WildSnake’s website at http://www.wildsnake.com/, and the full version of the game can be purchased for $19.95. Be sure to check it out, as it is one of the better shareware games currently on the market.

Overall Rating: 9.00

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