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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 Main menu.
Space Invaders Game Boy Advance Prepare your ammo: the shooting-in-action has begun!
Space Invaders PlayStation Shoot the mothership to get an upgrade.
Space Invaders Game Boy Advance Main menu.

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Gaming Age Game Boy Color 1999 B+ 83
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Oct, 1999 81 out of 100 81
IGN Nintendo 64 Dec 16, 1999 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
PSM PlayStation Dec, 1999 3.5 out of 5 70
IGN Windows Jan 06, 2000 6.8 out of 10 68
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1999 62 out of 100 62
GameSpy Windows Oct 20, 1999 48 out of 100 48
Absolute Games ( Windows Oct 13, 1999 40 out of 100 40
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 1999 34 out of 100 34


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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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