Games: Two classics collide
Arkanoid vs Space Invaders (iOS/Android) ★★★ Age: 7+
Two classic properties merge for a modern audience - the ball-vs-bricks style of Arkanoid mashed to the marching aliens of Space Invaders. Early impressions won't sit well with nostalgic fans of either, each level lasting 20 seconds or less, with death an impossibility.
But slowly A vs SI unrolls its appeal as a tactical puzzler, the bat at the bottom of the screen returning the aliens' fire with interest as you attempt to break down a wall of bricks.
Time becomes the real enemy as you wrangle the angle of the projectiles to take out all the targets. A generous 150 levels provide a sustained challenge but few of them prove truly memorable.