Space Invaders

Critic Score User Score
Nintendo 64
63
3.8
Windows
52
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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 Get ready, here they come!
Space Invaders PlayStation Shoot the mothership to get an upgrade.
Space Invaders PlayStation Pluto - Level 2
Space Invaders Game Boy Color The first level is full of alien invaders: like the old time... :-D

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

PSX Nation PlayStation Oct 07, 1999 84 out of 100 84
IGN Game Boy Advance Mar 20, 2002 8.1 out of 10 81
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation Nov 30, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Officiel Nintendo Magazine Game Boy Advance May, 2002 7 out of 10 70
PSM PlayStation Dec, 1999 3.5 out of 5 70
Jeuxvideo.com Game Boy Advance Apr 30, 2002 13 out of 20 65
Consoles Plus PlayStation Oct, 1999 60 out of 100 60
PC Gamer Brasil Windows Feb, 2000 50 out of 100 50
Mega Fun PlayStation Nov, 1999 35 out of 100 35

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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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