Space Invaders

Critic Score User Score
Nintendo 64
63
3.8
PlayStation
59
4.0
Game Boy Advance
...
4.2
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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 PlayStation Destroy the motherships and earn some extra points.
Space Invaders Game Boy Advance Title screen.
Space Invaders Game Boy Advance Prepare your ammo: the shooting-in-action has begun!
Space Invaders PlayStation Get ready, here they come!

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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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
PSX Nation PlayStation Oct 07, 1999 84 out of 100 84
Planet Gameboy.de Game Boy Advance Jun 05, 2002 71 out of 100 71
incite PC Gaming Windows Mar, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Consoles Plus PlayStation Oct, 1999 60 out of 100 60
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Color Nov 01, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Gamer Brasil Windows Feb, 2000 50 out of 100 50
Daily Radar Nintendo 64 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 50
HonestGamers Nintendo 64 Nov 26, 2008 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

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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