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The freaky-looking aliens are large, multi-colored, and change appearance every few rounds. The shields look a bit ugly (with their glowing rainbow color scheme) but they're quite effective when taking cover. Even if you're a Space Invaders expert, you'll find plenty of challenge here, including "fast bomb" and even "homing bomb" variations. The audio is understated, but it's great how the marching sound effects increase in volume as the invaders descend. The control is dead-on, and since your missiles move rapidly, you won't have to wait long for missed shots to clear the screen. For a real treat, try using the Atari 5200 trackball controller. Not only does it provide quick, responsive movement, but your scores are likely to double as you whiz across the bottom of the screen with Centipede-like velocity. With plenty of options and playing modes available, this Space Invaders is tops on my list.
Maybe Space Invaders is a game that can't be improved much – even much more improved clones of the game (like Better dead than alien on the ST) were usually getting bad reviews. Sadly, the 5200 version didn't receive any graphic hacks. There are dozens of VCS 2600 hacks available and some are quite creative.