As we reported yesterday, TAITO has been readying an update to their excellent retro rebirth shooter Space Invaders Infinity Gene. If this prospect had you excited to breathe some new life into one of the finest shooters available for the iPhone, then you should be pleased to know that the 3.0 update has already gone live on the App Store. It adds some new content for free with the more enticing stuff being available as downloadable content.

The update includes a couple of new features for all previous owners of the game. A new ship called the Option ship will unlock in the usual manner of filling up your evolution bar through play. The other new feature is the ability to rotate the device sideways and play Infinity Gene like a side-scrolling shooter. Your ship is shown from a side view in this orientation and the enemies are rotated 90º so they look appropriate to the ground. The device can be rotated to this view easily at any time while playing, although it only rotates in one direction and not every level allows for this feature. It doesn't necessarily impact the gameplay too much, but it's a fun novelty.

Far more interesting is the addition of 3 new ships available as DLC that are based on previous arcade shooters. There's the Darius inspired ship Silver Hawk, a Night Striker ship named Inter Gray, and a Metal Black ship named Black Fly. Each one has unique attacks and abilities, and fits in well with the other ships that were previously in the game. Along with each DLC ship pack you'll get two brand new stages that are also inspired from each of their respective arcade classics, with new boss fights and retro music rather than the normal techno heavy soundtrack. As an added bonus, by purchasing just one of the DLC packs you'll receive an additional new ship called the Boomerang, and if you purchase all three packs you'll get yet another new ship called the R-Gray2, which is from the game RayStorm.

All together this new update adds some really cool content, but at $1.99 per DLC pack I'm not too sure how many people will be interested. Personally I always thought Space Invaders Infinity Gene was underpriced at $5 to begin with, since it really is such a stellar experience, and so have no problem throwing even more money at TAITO for their efforts. Others simply won't feel the same, and I understand that. At the very least this 3.0 update does offer some new stuff to players completely for free, and you can always choose to stagger the purchasing of the DLC over time, so either way we definitely recommend downloading this latest update.

  • Kaydiv

    Okay, the base game is totally worth $5.

    $2 per new ship and two stages? Not so much. At 99 cents, or if there was a package deal of some sort, I might consider it, though.

  • Kaydiv

    Okay, the base game is totally worth $5.

    $2 per new ship and two stages? Not so much. At 99 cents, or if there was a package deal of some sort, I might consider it, though.

  • FurryKing

    I'm gonna be the first w-h-o-r-e to buy all three packs.

    Today.

    Right now.

    Infinity Gene has already paid for itself at least twice now in my eyes and I am a big fan of both Darius and Metal Black. I'm also a bigger fan of R-Type so I need all three packs for the ship. Is $1.99 a bit steep. Yeah, yeah it is a little. But I just dropped $50 on Deathsmiles for the Xbox 360 so you know how deep my shoot em up blood runs (and if I were really baller I'd have an import 360 and PS2 to play the shmups that never come over here like Thunderforce V and DoDonPachi).

    At any rate, don't get mad at Taito for charging so much for something EXTRA. You really don't need these packs to enjoy Gene and certainly none of us begged for themed levels and ships. So look at it for what it really is, something extra for this truly whacked out shmup fans like me.

    Now will you excuse me while I go get shot and prepare for the game's HD console debut (which I hope happens in late August!).

  • FurryKing

    I'm gonna be the first w-h-o-r-e to buy all three packs.

    Today.

    Right now.

    Infinity Gene has already paid for itself at least twice now in my eyes and I am a big fan of both Darius and Metal Black. I'm also a bigger fan of R-Type so I need all three packs for the ship. Is $1.99 a bit steep. Yeah, yeah it is a little. But I just dropped $50 on Deathsmiles for the Xbox 360 so you know how deep my shoot em up blood runs (and if I were really baller I'd have an import 360 and PS2 to play the shmups that never come over here like Thunderforce V and DoDonPachi).

    At any rate, don't get mad at Taito for charging so much for something EXTRA. You really don't need these packs to enjoy Gene and certainly none of us begged for themed levels and ships. So look at it for what it really is, something extra for this truly whacked out shmup fans like me.

    Now will you excuse me while I go get shot and prepare for the game's HD console debut (which I hope happens in late August!).

  • http://rockinandroid.com Adam Milecki

    The R-Gray2 is from RayStorm...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RayStorm

    • Jared Nelson

      Oh cool, thanks for the correction. I think I just assumed because of the name of the ship that is was from R-Type. I went ahead and changed it :)

  • http://rockinandroid.com Adam Milecki

    The R-Gray2 is from RayStorm...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RayStorm

    • Jared Nelson

      Oh cool, thanks for the correction. I think I just assumed because of the name of the ship that is was from R-Type. I went ahead and changed it :)

  • TheFamousEccles

    The Taito game I most want to see new content for is Mikado Defenders. A few more units would make that game amazing.

    This is a good excuse to buy this though.

  • TheFamousEccles

    The Taito game I most want to see new content for is Mikado Defenders. A few more units would make that game amazing.

    This is a good excuse to buy this though.

  • mechanicoid

    I picked it up last night. it's awesome, and i've already spent the six bucks for the add-ons. the way i see it, i spend 5 times as much on console games that dont' get nearly as much play as SIIG does. so $11 for this game is a great value, and i'll be handing over the cash for it's big brother console port, especially after seeing the preview video. now if they'd only give us a PSP port. that'd be really nice.

  • mechanicoid

    I picked it up last night. it's awesome, and i've already spent the six bucks for the add-ons. the way i see it, i spend 5 times as much on console games that dont' get nearly as much play as SIIG does. so $11 for this game is a great value, and i'll be handing over the cash for it's big brother console port, especially after seeing the preview video. now if they'd only give us a PSP port. that'd be really nice.

  • George

    Wonder if there will be an I Pad version

  • George

    Wonder if there will be an I Pad version

  • http://soiled.com Gload

    Hmm I never knew Taito was technically Square Enix

    WTB Airship DLC

  • http://soiled.com Gload

    Hmm I never knew Taito was technically Square Enix

    WTB Airship DLC