Thoroughly modern invaders from space – Titan Attacks!
The aliens are coming, the aliens are coming! Except, this time we aren’t bent over a ’80s arcade cabinet, sinking coin after coin into it in an attempt to fend off the invading hordes. Instead, we can take the fight to the alien scum anywhere and any time thanks to Curve Digital’s latest title, Titan Attacks!
It isn’t exactly a new game, having been published in 2012 on PC by Puppy Games. The studio appears to have a bit of a penchant for retro themed score-attack games, and Titan Attacks! is no exception.
You could be fooled into thinking that the game is a straight-up clone of Space Invaders, but rest assured that it isn’t. Granted, the first few stages are incredibly similar, but there are some nice twists that differentiate Titan Attacks! from the games it takes inspiration from.
For one thing, it features a whole host of different enemies to obliterate. Of course, you have your standard alien ship that moves left and right, but there are also enemies that dive across the screen at you, static ships, and enemies that dance rhythmically. In the heat of combat, the game could be seen as more of a bullet-hell shooter.
You do battle with all of these enemies over 5 different planets and 100 different stages. Periodically you will take part in bonus rounds, where you try to shoot as many saucers down as you can. Should you manage to complete a bonus round by shooting down every ship, you will be given a prize in the form of an upgrade.
Upgrading is your best defense in the battle for supremacy over your alien foe. Your little tank can be upgraded in a number of areas. You can increase the number of bullets you can fire at any one time, increase their power, buy additional guns and smart bombs, and you can purchase shields. Stocking up on shields is vital; as you are hit they deplete, so be sure to keep some money on stand-by!
Upgrades don’t come cheap, so you will have to learn to maximise your income. Flying saucers will occasionally drift across the top of the screen, shooting them down can reward you with points, money or temporary shields, so keep your eyes peeled. You will also be rewarded with money if you manage to capture any aliens alive. Watch out for them parachuting to safety from their burning ships. If they manage to escape you will be penalised.
After you have completed the game’s 100 stages you can do it all over again in new game+, and continue upgrading your ship. We didn’t notice any difficulty increase as we mowed down aliens in our ultra-upgraded tank, but we felt like badasses!
And that’s about all there is to Titan Attacks! You’ll most likely mow through the game in less than 2 hours, but it’s a fun experience while it lasts. New game+ offers a slight incentive to continue playing and prolongs the experience. The game is triple cross-buy giving you a copy for PS3, PS4 and PS Vita for the one price (thanks Curve!). We won’t finish by saying something cliché like “It’s out of this world.”, so just buy it!
Titan Attacks! is now available on PSN and Steam.