Alien Attack: Arcade Classic with an iPhone Twist

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Alien Attack
Developer: Joel Rosenzweig
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store

alien attack for iPhoneDefend Earth from attack by bitmapp Martians. Are you up to the task? If you remember Taito Corporation's classic Space Invaders then you're on your way.

Alien Attack is another piece of 80's nostalgia ported to the new millennium. However, Alien Attack builds on its arcade foundation by adding some new twists that take advantage of iPhone technology.

Rather than a simple set of left and right arrows, use the iPhone accelerometer to move your ship back and forth. Likewise, take advantage of touch-screen tech to blast away at the invading horde as they inch their way lower on the screen.

I really enjoy the hands-on approach of tilting and tapping to play Alien Attack. But sometimes, the controls responded slowly resulting in an untimely death. Using the left/right arrow option may have resulted in a more accurate, albeit less interactive, response time.

Alien Attack has many settings so that you can personalize your gameplay. The options are buried in the iPhone settings menu accessible from your home screen. Several apps go this route rather than having a dedicated info screen. However, I wish that the developer of Alien Attack included a message on the main screen explaining the location.

If you played the original then you owe it to yourself to relive the glory days of early video games. If you've never played Space Invaders, then this is your chance to see what the old fogies are talking about when they say "They just don't make games like they used to."

Editor's Note: Joel Rosenzweig, the app's developer, contacted AppCraver regarding our mention of issues with sluggishness. He offers this tip to improve gameplay across all apps. Thanks Joel!

I have run into this problem myself, only if the phone is synchronizing mail in the background.  This happens from time to time with every game I own.  The only way I have found to eliminate that problem is to simply disable the radio communications (including WiFi).  It appears that the radio communications stack runs at a high priority than the user threads.  If you disable the radio communications and still run into a slowdown, I'd really like to know about it.  So far, this has been the issue every time though.  I thought you'd like to know, because it will help make your game playing experience a little more enjoyable no matter which game you are playing.

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  • Tyler Durden

    I love the old space invaders, now that was a fun game! This game is a great addition to the iPhone only swiveling the phone side to side can get a little tricky during-gameplay I would imagine.

  • TheRealGomez

    Space Invaders is awesome!! Alien Attack is the space invaders for the new generation.

  • Macy F

    I was waiting for an iPhone game like this for a long time. I remember I used to play this game on my TI-83 graphing calculator, it got me through math class for most of my high school education. Now school teachers are going to start confiscating iPhones.

  • I Heart Apps

    They should make better graphics for this game, I understand the whole attachment to the classic, but they could at least bring it in to the new millennium lol.

  • Joel Rosenzweig

    Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad to see that you are enjoying Alien Attack.

    Tyler - Swiveling the phone a bit side to side has been a lot of fun. However, not everyone likes having to do that. So the game features an option that lets you disable the left/right tilt controls in favor of on screen left/right arrow buttons.

    I Heart Apps - The simple graphics are for pure nostalgia. It still amazes me that our pulse can quicken as the aliens get closer to Earth, even when they look like simple monochromatic 2 dimensional creatures.

    Joel (author of Alien Attack)