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Space Invaders gets reinvented with Beat Invaders and it's slick

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Wow, I didn't think I would be playing a fresh version of Space Invaders in 2022 but here I am sucked right into the new Beat Invaders from developer Raffaele Picca. Note: key provided by the developer.

An arcade classic, reinvented for the modern era with neon visuals and a seriously good soundtrack that makes the action really come alive. This is a very musical game. The enemies movements and firing rates change with the music's beat and tempo too, so you end up getting completely absorbed by it. Especially in the later game, where the music gets faster and more complex leading to a thorough challenge.

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I'm completely hooked and I'm also amazingly terrible at it. I have absolutely no rhythm and I just generally always sucked at this type of game and yet I want to come back and play more — so it's absolutely doing a lot right for me to think that. With the upgrade system it's a good one to repeatedly play too, giving you a number of extras to unlock. Like everything though, I want more!

Tested working great on Steam Deck and my main Linux desktop, with performance looking good on both. The only minor annoyance was on the Plasma desktop, where fullscreen mode did not cover the panel leading to the very bottom of the gaming being cut-off.

Game Features:

  • Retro Space Invaders style gameplay with a next level roguelite action twist.
  • Upgrade your ship’s attack and defence systems between enemy waves.
  • Mini-events, Booster pickup items and different event waves make for challenging combos.
  • Improve your ship’s sub-system, unlock new weapons and convoy gadgets between runs.
  • Boss battle!  The chief music-hater makes his appearance, and it ain’t pretty!
  • High score challenge!  Compare your scores to your friends playing Beat Invaders, and try to beat their records!
  • Full mouse, keyboard and controller support.
  • Atmospheric electronic and vocal soundtrack with 22 tracks that sets the pace of your adversaries, making each round unique to its song.

Available to buy on Steam.

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Akien 15 Mar, 2022
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That game also completely took me by surprise and hooked me. I was early enough to snatch the first spot on the global leaderboards for a few hours, two days later I'm buried deep :P
Beemer 15 Mar, 2022
Same dev put out another game (w/demo) called "Franz" this year. Description and video remind me a bit of "Autoduel" from the 80's.
fabertawe 15 Mar, 2022
This is one "reboot" which I like the look of. Can you play with sound effects only though? That music is awful!
Pengling 15 Mar, 2022
Ooh, this is right up my alley - I love retro, rhythm, and roguelite titles. Many thanks for the heads-up - I'll definitely grab this.
hardpenguin 15 Mar, 2022
I like this very much! Who made the soundtrack though?!
Beamboom 8 years 15 Mar, 2022
Ah man I thought I read "Beat SABER" and were excited for a cool new VR game now!
There's a good demonstration in "The LAB" on how arcade shooters can work in VR.
Chuckaluphagus 17 Mar, 2022
Space Invaders got an official remake for its 30th anniversary as "Space Invaders Extreme" for the Nintendo DS and PSP, and that game is incredible (I have it for the DS). Looks like it was brought to Steam a few years back as well:

The graphics are more deliberately in keeping with the original '70s style, but the gameplay is updated with a lot of new features that compliment the original style.
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