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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 Game Boy Color The first level is full of alien invaders: like the old time... :-D
Space Invaders PlayStation Main menu
Space Invaders PlayStation Pluto - Level 2
Space Invaders Game Boy Advance 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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Critic Reviews

Electric Playground Game Boy Color Apr 12, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN PlayStation Oct 21, 1999 7.9 out of 10 79
CyberGames Game Boy Color Dec 13, 1999 7.5 out of 10 75
Planet Game Boy Advance Jun 05, 2002 71 out of 100 71
incite PC Gaming Windows Mar, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
CyberGames PlayStation Oct 18, 1999 6 out of 10 60
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Dec, 1999 58 out of 100 58
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 1999 55 out of 100 55
HonestGamers Nintendo 64 Nov 26, 2008 5 out of 10 50
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1999 45 out of 100 45


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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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