Given The Nature of this section -where we're regularly sent GCSE computer science-level pap posing as vertical scrolling shooters - Hyperspace Invader came as a bit of a surprise. Providing more bang for your buck than a weekend in Amsterdam, this futuristic shooter may not score highly on the originality stakes - an alien race is about to annihilate humanity and only you can stop them in your, prototype fighter - but it more than makes up for it with some utterly absorbing, breath-sappingly frenetic gameplay.
Its 30 intense levels are packed with surprisingly intelligent enemies and" some truly meaty weapons. Plus, with each enemy carrying a health bar, you'll soon realise that this is no one-shot-one-kill shooter, as you frantically bob and weave around each level trying to finish off an enemy before the next arrive. Top billing, though, must go to the sound, with some ear-bleedingly chunky explosions and a superb soundtrack raising the pulse to fat-burning proportions. Original it's not, but as far as space-based reaction gaming goes, you won't find many more viscerally entertaining alternatives around.
Download Hyperspace Invader
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP