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Space Invaders (Atari 2600)

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Written by  :  vedder (20102)
Written on  :  Sep 06, 2008
Platform  :  Atari 2600
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Summary

Lives up to the original Arcade game!

The Good

I guess Space Invaders is one of those games you just have to play at one point or another. The Atari 2600 version isn't a bad choice to play. It feels quite similar to the original arcade version. I actually thought the sound was better than the arcade version's. Or well, at least it is less mind-numbingly aggravating.

As far as graphics go: well it's the Atari 2600 so we can't expect much, but they get the job done. The aren't overshadowed by its big brother on the arcade, which is good.

The Bad

The game is rather hard, just like its arcade counterpart. The start of a level is alright, but once there are only a few invaders left they will fly around the screen like mad, which makes timing your bullets right quite difficult.

Quite frankly I couldn't say I had the dedication in me to try to master this game so that I could get really far. It might have been one of the best games ever when it was released, but as far as I'm concerned I'd say it was quickly surpassed by others of its genre like Galaxian, Galaga, Asteroids and Missile Command.

The Bottom Line

Space Invaders can be fun to kill some time with, but I doubt anyone these days will want to spend hours on it to become a real pro. There are just better games in this genre that have more depth and variation to them, which make them a lot more fun.

Space Invaders is definitely a game you should play at one point in your life, for its historical relevance. Though I would recommend the MAME version for that since it emulates the original Arcade game. Though the Atari-2600 version is a good second if you can get your hands on it.