As any retro gamer can tell you, Taito's 1978 arcade classic Space Invaders is the mother of all top-down shooters.  It created a genre and revolutionized the video game industry when it made its arcade debut.  It was so popular, in fact, that shortly after its release it caused a national shortage of 100-yen coins in Japan.  Named, in 2007, the top-rated arcade game of all time by Guinness World Records, Space Invaders is a true classic.

si_infinity_gene_mainAnd, happily, the franchise has seen some dusting off in recent years.  Space Invaders Extreme, released early last year on the DS and PSP, breathed new life into the original formula with frantic on-screen action and psychedelic background effects, while the WiiWare release Space Invaders Get Even put the player in control of the invaders, for a change, wreaking havoc across various 3D cityscapes.  The iPhone even saw a bit of the action with Taito's official App Store release of Space Invaders [link], a faithful port of the original game.

But, for iPhone gamers, the story doesn't end there. We're happy to report that Taito has informed us that a forthcoming iPhone release will deliver a jolt of modern Space Invaders goodness to fans who crave a bit more action than the port of the original can offer.  Get ready for Space Invaders Infinity Gene.

Originally released in the Japanese mobile handset market, Space Invaders Infinity Gene is a fast-paced action shooter with evolution as the core game driver.

Evolution is the primary concept behind SPACE INVADERS INFINITY GENE. The game evolves as you play it, gradually shifting and transforming from the classic game we're all familiar with to something fresh and new.

As the player progresses through the game, shooting down enemies, collecting points, and passing in-game milestones, he or she will be greeted with [the Evolution screen]. This signals that the game has transformed in some way. A new special ability, weapon, subsystem, etc., has evolved and is available for use.

For example, at first only left / right motion is permitted (like the arcade original), but during gameplay the player can evolve and gain the ability to move with full freedom of motion.  Advanced weapons systems and various other abilities are also achieved via evolution through gameplay, which is a lucky thing, as many stages end with massive boss motherships that spawn hordes of Invaders.

One of the standout features of earlier Space Invaders Extreme is its well-chosen electronica soundtrack that wonderfully compliments the frantic gameplay.  In this regard, Taito informs us, Space Invaders Infinity Gene will follow in Extreme's footsteps, continuing the studio's collaboration with veteran sound team Zuntata to provide audio tracks that mesh well with the game's techno music "look", as the studio describes it.


Taito indicates that the game will be arriving in the App Store soon (no firm date indicated) and has begun posting screenshots and updates surrounding the iPhone release on their Facebook page.

We're very anxious to share with readers our reaction to this excellent looking shooter.  Stay tuned for a full report when the game goes live in the App Store.

See a video of the Japanese mobile handset version for an idea of what's to come.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    i may need to be on some mild sedatives to play this thing...

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    i may need to be on some mild sedatives to play this thing...

  • PeterM11

    that looks pretty awesome.
    Wonder how much itll be and how long before itll be out.
    cant wait to see it in action on an iDevice!

  • PeterM11

    that looks pretty awesome.
    Wonder how much itll be and how long before itll be out.
    cant wait to see it in action on an iDevice!

  • Kamazar

    *Kamazar is intrigued*

  • Kamazar

    *Kamazar is intrigued*

  • acidbottle

    so long as the controls are spot on .. this is gonna be massiiivee

  • acidbottle

    so long as the controls are spot on .. this is gonna be massiiivee

  • Boardumb

    Well this is just about the most awesome fricking thing I have ever seen! I love when companies can update classic gameplay formulas, like Space Invaders, and bring interesting new twists to them without ruining it's core. This game's premise is downright genius. You evolve from the old school game and inherit new abilities, I love it! I hope the music in that trailer is the same that will be in the iPhone version, I'm diggin it!

  • Boardumb

    Well this is just about the most awesome fricking thing I have ever seen! I love when companies can update classic gameplay formulas, like Space Invaders, and bring interesting new twists to them without ruining it's core. This game's premise is downright genius. You evolve from the old school game and inherit new abilities, I love it! I hope the music in that trailer is the same that will be in the iPhone version, I'm diggin it!

  • http://www.connection.ca networkman

    I want this ! When will it be released?

  • http://www.connection.ca networkman

    I want this ! When will it be released?

  • Cat

    I must buy this after playing space invaders extreme I know Taito can do this things

  • Cat

    I must buy this after playing space invaders extreme I know Taito can do this things

  • HerbertKornfeld

    Although this game looks great, it will probably be a nightmare to play it on the iPhone. Too bad it’s not being released for a different console. A game like this demands precision controls, and unfortunately, a touchscreen doesn’t cut it.

    Flame on.

  • HerbertKornfeld

    Although this game looks great, it will probably be a nightmare to play it on the iPhone. Too bad it’s not being released for a different console. A game like this demands precision controls, and unfortunately, a touchscreen doesn’t cut it.

    Flame on.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    I WANT THIS SO BAD!
    Will be my favorite one next to cs.one.
    I know this right know :)

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    I WANT THIS SO BAD!
    Will be my favorite one next to cs.one.
    I know this right know :)

  • Tahuri

    Want!

  • Tahuri

    Want!

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    The earlier 'Space Invaders Extreme' recently went live on the Xbox Live Arcade with psychedelic visuals by maniac game developer Jeff Minter. If you've got a 360, grab it.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    The earlier 'Space Invaders Extreme' recently went live on the Xbox Live Arcade with psychedelic visuals by maniac game developer Jeff Minter. If you've got a 360, grab it.

  • richmlow

    Looks great!

  • http://www.valkyriestudio.net/ ValkyrieStudio

    I'll first concur with Blake that the 360 game is a lot of fun.

    This one looks great, though as much faith as I do have in my iPhone, I question how well touch controls will work. I DO like the nods to Taito's own Darius series, if anyone here is familiar with them. Zuntata's work - especially on G-Darius - is incredible, so I really look forward to both seeing and hearing the iPhone version of this.

  • richmlow

    Looks great!

  • http://www.valkyriestudio.net/ ValkyrieStudio

    I'll first concur with Blake that the 360 game is a lot of fun.

    This one looks great, though as much faith as I do have in my iPhone, I question how well touch controls will work. I DO like the nods to Taito's own Darius series, if anyone here is familiar with them. Zuntata's work - especially on G-Darius - is incredible, so I really look forward to both seeing and hearing the iPhone version of this.

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=168 VeganTnT

    Just want to let everyone know that someone at Taito must love me very much because I requested this game on the TA forum Christmas Eve of last year! They've been working on it for months just for me *tears up*

    http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=2876

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=168 VeganTnT

    Just want to let everyone know that someone at Taito must love me very much because I requested this game on the TA forum Christmas Eve of last year! They've been working on it for months just for me *tears up*

    http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=2876

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    That made my brain hurt! Do not want.

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    That made my brain hurt! Do not want.

  • Cdammen

    That looks awesome! Let's hope that it controls well and that it's priced low.

  • Cdammen

    That looks awesome! Let's hope that it controls well and that it's priced low.

  • I dropped the beans

    At the start of the trailer it says

    It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
    - Charles Darwin
    Charles Darwin 'NEVER' said this.
    see here as well as other sources
    http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/content/view/157/1/

    Nice 'social conditioning' Taito, everyone must change to the world social pre agendas, go to keep that predictive programming going, get everybody on board with the world social 'changes' ahead.

    What is it the 'leaders' say, Ill look at just one with Barack Obama, but all politicians and NGOs parrot the same 'change' themes

    “Change” versus “More of the Same”
    "Vote for Change"
    "Change We Can Believe In"
    "Our Time for Change"
    "It's about Time. It's about Change"
    "Stand for Change"
    "Organize for Change"
    “We are the change we’ve been looking for. Change can’t happen without you.”
    "I’m asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington . I'm asking you to believe in yours."
    "A leader who can deliver change"
    "Change in America doesn't start from the top down. It starts from the bottom up."

    So basically the lie with have in the game is stating, adapt to the change, or go extinct. Both in that game, and in the world about us, ie, adapt to world social changes, or go extinct.

    Its interesting how they just slip that one in there, apart from that, looks like an interesting game, could of done without the social programming at the start, some people have trouble with thinking beyond the debased concepts of playing with themselves, one must look out for the hard of thinking, they do tend to parrot their given opinions.

    • Andrew

      I think you need to "change" your attitude, or I will notify Big Brother.

  • I dropped the beans

    At the start of the trailer it says

    It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
    - Charles Darwin
    Charles Darwin 'NEVER' said this.
    see here as well as other sources
    http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/content/view/157/1/

    Nice 'social conditioning' Taito, everyone must change to the world social pre agendas, go to keep that predictive programming going, get everybody on board with the world social 'changes' ahead.

    What is it the 'leaders' say, Ill look at just one with Barack Obama, but all politicians and NGOs parrot the same 'change' themes

    “Change” versus “More of the Same”
    "Vote for Change"
    "Change We Can Believe In"
    "Our Time for Change"
    "It's about Time. It's about Change"
    "Stand for Change"
    "Organize for Change"
    “We are the change we’ve been looking for. Change can’t happen without you.”
    "I’m asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington . I'm asking you to believe in yours."
    "A leader who can deliver change"
    "Change in America doesn't start from the top down. It starts from the bottom up."

    So basically the lie with have in the game is stating, adapt to the change, or go extinct. Both in that game, and in the world about us, ie, adapt to world social changes, or go extinct.

    Its interesting how they just slip that one in there, apart from that, looks like an interesting game, could of done without the social programming at the start, some people have trouble with thinking beyond the debased concepts of playing with themselves, one must look out for the hard of thinking, they do tend to parrot their given opinions.

    • Andrew

      I think you need to "change" your attitude, or I will notify Big Brother.