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Space Invaders

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
52
3.6
Game Boy Advance
...
3.9
Game Boy Color
...
4.0
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Space Invaders Game Boy Color After some time, the classic UFO will appear in the screen top: shoot it!
Space Invaders Game Boy Advance Playing the classical Space Invaders: a blast from the past!
Space Invaders Game Boy Advance Main menu.
Space Invaders Game Boy Color Title screen.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Want Puzzle-Vaders? Look here. Windows Trixter (8733)

The Press Says

Gamezilla PlayStation Nov 03, 1999 87 out of 100 87
PSX Nation PlayStation Oct 07, 1999 84 out of 100 84
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN Game Boy Color Nov 02, 1999 7 out of 10 70
Game Over Online Windows Nov 01, 1999 70 out of 100 70
Consoles Plus PlayStation Oct, 1999 60 out of 100 60
Super Play PlayStation Dec, 1999 58 out of 100 58
HonestGamers Nintendo 64 Nov 26, 2008 5 out of 10 50
PC Gamer Brasil Windows Feb, 2000 50 out of 100 50
Daily Radar Nintendo 64 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 50

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Trivia

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

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