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Space Invaders

MobyRank MobyScore
iPad
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4.0
SG-1000
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4.0
Arcade
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3.5
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Description

Earth is under attack from rows of bomb dropping aliens, and you need to defend it! The rows of aliens begin at the top of the screen, and you control a laser cannon at the bottom of the screen. Your goal is to earn points by shooting the aliens before they can land. The aliens march back and forth, and each time the end of the screen is reached they will drop one row closer to the bottom. Shoot them all, and you move on to the next (tougher) level, but if even one of them lands the game is over. From time to time a flying saucer will pass by along the top of the screen; shoot this to earn extra points. Just above your laser canon are three shields; these can be used to hide from the alien's bombs, but will also block your own shots. You begin the game with a limited number of laser canons, and if all of them are bombed the game ends.

Screenshots

Space Invaders Arcade Game menu
Space Invaders Game Boy Ugly Invaders.
Space Invaders MSX Destroyed and Game Over
Space Invaders Atari 5200 Uh oh, I'm in trouble now!

Alternate Titles

  • "太空侵略者" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Space Monsters" -- Working title
  • "Invasores do Espaço" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

Lives up to the original Arcade game! Atari 2600 vedder (20100)
One of the original shoot-em-ups, that proves to be much difficult than the rest NES *Katakis* (37493)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Jul 16, 2004 A 100
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jun 30, 2004 A- 91
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Oct 20, 2003 85 out of 100 85
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 2004 8 out of 10 80
The Atari Times Atari 5200 Mar 10, 2005 53 out of 100 53
PC Powerplay J2ME Jun, 2006 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play Game Boy Aug, 1990 24 out of 100 24

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Space Invaders appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Atari 2600 version

Space Invaders for the Atari 2600 was the first home license of a coin-op video game. It is said that people were buying Atari 2600 just so they could play the game at home.

Characters

The "space" invaders are creatures from the sea-octopi, squid, and crabs. The resemblance is much easier to spot in the coin-op version.

Coins

It is rumored that the arcade version of this game was responsible for a coin shortage in Japan upon it's initial release.

References to the game

  • Space Invaders is referenced in the Futurama episode Anthology of Interest II. The episode consists of three shorts; one of which involves Fry asking the "what-if" machine "what if life was more like a video game." The "Invaders" are actually alien spacecrafts. There is a scene that recreates the game; the scene even involves Fry shooting through his own shield.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons TVS show titled "Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part Two" there is a mention of Space Invaders in this exchange between Groundskeeper Willie and Chief Wiggum:
    Willie: It's impossible for me to fire a pistol. If you'll check me medical records, you'll see I have a cripplin' arthritis in me index fingerrrs. Look at 'em! [holds them up] I got it from "Space Invaders" in 1977.

    Wiggum: Aw, yeah. That was a pretty addictive video game.

    Willie: [surprised] Video game?
  • The arcade version of the game is referenced in Iain Banks 1984 novel The Wasp Factory.

Awards

  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #6 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue #46 - #14 in the "Top 25 Atari 2600 Games" poll


Information also contributed by Chris Chidester, gamewarrior, Marquerite Richardson, PCGamer77, Scaryfun, Sciere and FatherJack

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