Chicken Invaders: The Next Wave Review
Because the first Chicken Invaders was so great, it needed a sequel, right? Right? Hello?
Chicken Invaders is the first game in the series.
It is both a single player and two-player game.
The player takes control of a lone spacecraft, and must protect Earth from swarms of invading chickens.
The game features weapon power-ups that resemble gift boxes, and the player can use these to upgrade their weapons.
Chickens drop eggs which must be avoided, otherwise the player will die if they collide with these projectiles.
Chicken drumsticks fall from the chickens when they’re killed, and if the player collects enough of these they earn a missile.
These missiles can then be used to wipe out everything (except the player) on the screen.
The game also features infinite levels. In each level, there are 10 waves, and at the end of every level is a boss, which must be defeated in order to advance (or warp) to a new system.
The gameplay is endless, so there is no ending to the game; it continues on and on, until the player has finally lost all of their lives and the game is over.
Tired of blasting alien invaders? How about a twist of the poultry variety? Chicken Invaders: The Next Wave makes no bones about its inspirations.
This game takes the concepts of all the great old-school arcade shooters like Space Invaders and Asteroids and wraps them into a colorfully designed shooter that feels like it could have just as easily been a free flash game.
Your mouse controls the trusty little ship, and the two mouse buttons launch your primary weapons and extra-special missiles.
You’ll find yourself fighting Space Invaders-like waves of hostile chickens, periodically shooting down asteroids, bosses and other craziness in the process.
It’s a goofy game, but an occasionally challenging one–sometimes because it actually shows flashes of understanding of what makes a good shooter, and other times because it opts to make the color of the enemy fire (white, because they’re eggs, get it?) blend in with all the other kookiness going on onscreen, thus making it stupidly difficult to actually see where the fire is coming from.
Shooter fans will likely garner some amusement from Chicken Invaders: The Next Wave, but they won’t want to pay full price for it. It’s a legitimate distraction that wears pretty thin pretty quickly, and there just isn’t a compelling enough product here to really make it worth your time.
So, that’s it!