Wednesday 2 November 2022

TI Invaders (Texas Instruments TI-99/4A review)

Developer: Texas Instruments
Publisher: Texas Instruments
Released: 1981

TI Invaders is a fixed shooter that closely resembles Space Invaders (1978, Arcade).

+ Gameplay is incredibly fast-paced and the controls afford you smooth manoeuvring for pinpoint accuracy.

+ Risk-reward element is huge and the varied ways of racking up a high score often require putting yourself in harms way.

+ New alien types are slowly introduced as you progress and some require different strategies to hit which keeps things fresh.

+ Enemy sprite animations are gorgeous and the way your missiles exit the reserve pod is a great presentational touch.

+ Between stage mini-game of continually shooting an invader as it moves from side-to-side is a fun test of your dexterity.

- No gameplay variations, whereas Space Invaders (1980, Atari 2600) included features such as guided shots / moving bases.

- Does little to differentiate itself from its clear source of inspiration and feels like a somewhat shallow clone.

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