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Space Invaders

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Game Boy Color
Nintendo 64
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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 Avoiding his shots...
Space Invaders Game Boy Color Level briefing.
Space Invaders PlayStation Player 1 statistics

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Electric Playground Game Boy Color Apr 12, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamezilla Nintendo 64 Feb 04, 2000 85 out of 100 85
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Oct, 1999 81 out of 100 81
HappyPuppy Nintendo 64 Jan 19, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN Game Boy Color Nov 02, 1999 7 out of 10 70
PSM PlayStation Dec, 1999 3.5 out of 5 70
IGN Windows Jan 06, 2000 6.8 out of 10 68
Power Play Windows Nov, 1999 42 out of 100 42
GameSpot PlayStation Oct 14, 1999 3.3 out of 10 33


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The first copies of Space Invaders included a free copy of the Asteroids CD.

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