Invasion Strike is a mobile video game in the vein of star fighter arcade games like Galaga. It utilizes a “rail-style” gameplay in which each level is the same set of enemies/obstacles occurs in the same pattern every time, becoming more difficult over time. Enemy spaceships fly down the screen while you defend yourself and collect points.
This game has several good points. For control you tilt the phone to send your ship left or right. This is an excellent way to avoid missing anything happening on the screen. The controls are responsive and easy to pick up.
Additionally the graphics, while somewhat dated, are solid. It looks fresh and clean. At some points there is so much happening it is hard to tell what you are looking at. This makes it nice that your ship stays on one line.
The bad for this game is that you don’t get anything but a rail shooter. There doesn’t seem to be any power-ups, hard modes, or story content. While not exactly bad it just drops the replay value. Once you have tried it three or four times you have pretty much seen everything.
That along with the fact that it feels unfinished makes the game hard to get excited about. For example the Settings section has an option for a different control method (instead of tilt). However there is no explanation to what the other method is or how to you it.
This means if you enable it and are too stupid to know how it works you watch your star fighter shoot madly into the aliens without any control. The ship stays in the middle of the screen and fires into the oncoming flood. There is no way to navigate back to the main menu without closing the app or waiting to die. So without lifting a finger you can make 322350 points—which is better than the “manned-missions.”
All said this isn’t a bad application to pass some time but other free games like ARC Squadron make better use of the same mechanics. I give Invasion Strike 3 out of 5 Dancing Hamsters* for passable play without anything really wrong but nothing really great either.
*3 out of 5 given because 2 ½ of a hamster would neither dance or be humane.