TV Games : Space Invaders – Review

Retro games are all the rage nowadays, and it’s not only the now middle-aged wanting to relieve their childhood classics. The buzz around Disney’s upcoming ‘Wreck it Ralph’ means that youngsters are now keen to learn about the origins of console gaming, and tryout these classic games themselves.

With all this in mind the timing couldn’t be better for Jakks Pacific’s latest product, TV Games.

This plug-in and play system connects simply into your TV,VCR or DVD players line in source, and you’ve got 10 Arcade hits ready to play, no need to insert coin.

The games are inbuilt to the unit, so there are no cartridges or software you need to purchase. All you need to supply are 4 AA batteries. Games included are:

  • Space Invaders: The game that everyone knows and loves.
  • Alpine Ski: This skiing game is my personal favourite. Manoeuver your way through the course avoiding the obstacles.
  • Birdie King: Play a round of golf around this 9 hole course
  • Bubble Bobble: Another absolute classic. Help Bub and Bob rescue their girlfriends by capturing enemies in their bubbles.
  • Tube-it: Prevent the tubes from piling up to the top of the grid.
  • The Legend of Kage: A Ninja fighting game. The Ninja jumps around a lot, and has a very big jump –¬†This is the game that Thomas has played the most. I’d actually never heard of it before, but he loves it.
  • The Fairyland Story: Guide the little witch through various levels, turning enemies into cakes along the way.
  • Puzznic: Tile matching puzzle game
  • QIX: Bit like an etch a sketch. Try to draw boxes over the most of the screen before the lasers hit you. Very hard, but addictive.
  • Chanck’n Pop: Travel through a series of mazes to free hearts from cages.

I absolutely love the design and imagery of the TV Games unit, it instantly sends you back to those days in the arcade. I’ve always wanted one of those old table top Space Invaders machines, but having this is probably the closest I’m going to get. The Light up red coin slot being used as an on off button is genius. Jakks Pacific have worked really hard to give it that authentic arcade cabinet look and feel.

When we were offered to review this, I was probably thinking of my husband and I more than the kids. However it’s been hard to get a look in with the two of them playing Legend of Kage and Space Invaders all day. For me the pick of the bunch is Alpine Ski, I could play that for hours. I’ve also found myself a hidden treasure in Chanck’n Pop, which until know I’ve never played but now am slightly addicted too.

The great thing too about it being simple plug-in and play is that the boys can easily take it with them to Grandmas house on the weekend. They are always moaning about the lack of video games at gran’s, so they were really pleased to take it with them. Gran set it up easily, and even had a few games of Space Invaders.

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