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In 1978, Earth successfully repulsed an invasion from outer space thanks to "the Tank." The Tank was based on alien technology found when a scout ship had crashed years earlier. Now, over 20 years later, a new Tank has been created based on the technology recovered during the 1978 invasion. And none too soon, because the Invaders are back!

Space Invaders is yet another classic arcade game remake by Activision (see Battlezone and Asteroids). But this time, Activision licensed a game from Taito instead of Atari. The game stays close to its roots while adding many power-ups and enemies.

You can play either one or two players against the Invaders, who march down the screen in orderly rows and columns, at one of three skill levels. You'll start at Pluto and work your way through the Solar System to Mars, then Venus, and finally Earth. There are four common aliens (red, green, blue, and yellow), plus seven more less common ones. You receive special one shot power-ups by shooting four of the same type of Invaders in a row. As in the original game, there are also Mother Ships that fly above the action, but in this version if you hit them you can pick up other useful power-ups like shields or double shots. Plus, after fighting off several waves on each planet, you'll face a unique boss. If you manage to finish the game, you'll be able to play a reproduction of the original coin-op.


Space Invaders PlayStation Destroy the motherships and earn some extra points.
Space Invaders PlayStation Uranus - Level 1
Space Invaders PlayStation Avoiding his shots...
Space Invaders PlayStation Main menu

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Alternate Titles

  • "太空侵略者" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Space Invaders X" -- Japanese title

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Gamezilla Nov 03, 1999 87 out of 100 87
PSX Nation Oct 07, 1999 84 out of 100 84
IGN Oct 21, 1999 7.9 out of 10 79
Consoles Plus Oct, 1999 60 out of 100 60
CyberGames Oct 18, 1999 6 out of 10 60
Super Play (Sweden) Dec, 1999 58 out of 100 58
NowGamer Nov 23, 1999 4.8 out of 10 48
Mega Fun Nov, 1999 35 out of 100 35
GameSpot Oct 14, 1999 3.3 out of 10 33
The Video Game Critic Aug 10, 2000 D- 16


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The year 1978 was used in the storyline for the original invasion because that's when the arcade game was released.

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Grant McLellan (541) added Space Invaders (PlayStation) on Mar 29, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69305), Kartanym (10724), Lee Seitz (639) and Grant McLellan (541)