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Space Invaders

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Atari 8-bit
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Atari 2600
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User Reviews

Lives up to the original Arcade game! Atari 2600 vedder (20150)
One of the original shoot-em-ups, that proves to be much difficult than the rest NES *Katakis* (37795)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Arcade 7 3.4
Atari 2600 35 3.5
Atari 5200 10 3.9
Atari 8-bit 8 3.7
Game Boy Awaiting 1 votes...
iPad 1 4.0
iPhone 1 4.0
J2ME 6 2.9
MSX 5 3.4
NES 10 3.0
SG-1000 1 4.0
Wii Awaiting 1 votes...
Combined MobyScore 84 3.5


The Press Says

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100
Atari 2600All Game Guide
The first licensed arcade game released for a console, Space Invaders was the first million-seller for the Atari VCS, firmly entrenching the system into mainstream America. The game is faithful in both spirit and play mechanics to its coin-op counterpart, but it does have a number of differences. Although there are only 36 invaders per wave (as opposed to 55), 112 game variations, including zigzagging laser bombs, two-player cooperative play, invisible invaders, and moving shields, more than make up for this deficiency. The home version doesn't look exactly like the original, but it does have appealing graphics, relatively faithful sound effects and excellent gameplay.
100
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic
The freaky-looking aliens are large, multi-colored, and change appearance every few rounds. The shields look a bit ugly (with their glowing rainbow color scheme) but they're quite effective when taking cover. Even if you're a Space Invaders expert, you'll find plenty of challenge here, including "fast bomb" and even "homing bomb" variations. The audio is understated, but it's great how the marching sound effects increase in volume as the invaders descend. The control is dead-on, and since your missiles move rapidly, you won't have to wait long for missed shots to clear the screen. For a real treat, try using the Atari 5200 trackball controller. Not only does it provide quick, responsive movement, but your scores are likely to double as you whiz across the bottom of the screen with Centipede-like velocity. With plenty of options and playing modes available, this Space Invaders is tops on my list.
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Atari 2600The Video Game Critic
It's a little slow, but Space Invaders is a legitimate classic that packs a good deal of shooting satisfaction. Tip: Enable the secret "double-shot" mode by holding down the reset button when you turn the game on.
85
Atari 2600The Atari Times
Supreme, supreme, simplistic classic. Nanu nanu, beedybeedybeedy (that's Twiki from the 1980s version of Buck Rogers, in case you don't get that reference), live long and prosper, "mostly harmless" (my foot!), and may the force be with you, and all that.
80
Atari 8-bitAtari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition
All this means it actually feels like a very different game, more like one of the many clones of Space Invaders that came out around that time rather than an official conversion of the game. This is not to say that this is a bad game, far from it, as it's actually very good. It's just that its not really Space Invaders and if you are a hardcore fan of the original then you may be a bit disappointed. If you just want to play a good old-fashioned space shooter however then you can do a lot worse than this.
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Atari 2600Game Freaks 365
In terms of replay value, it all comes down to how much you want to improve your high score. This game is fun enough that you very well might. But if you buy this game looking for an arcade-perfect port, you're doomed to be disappointed. If an arcade-perfect port is what you're looking for, go to atariage.com and buy the Space Instigators homebrew. If all you're looking for is a fun version of Space Invaders, you've got it right here a lot cheaper than that.
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Atari 5200The Atari Times
Maybe Space Invaders is a game that can't be improved much – even much more improved clones of the game (like Better dead than alien on the ST) were usually getting bad reviews. Sadly, the 5200 version didn't receive any graphic hacks. There are dozens of VCS 2600 hacks available and some are quite creative.
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J2MEPC Powerplay
Obwohl unglaublich kultig, langweilt das eintönige Spielprinzip heute schon nach wenigen Minuten.
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Game BoyPower Play
Im Gegensatz zur kürzlich erschienenen PC-Engine-Version des Baller-Papis "Space Invaders" bietet die Game Boy-Umsetzung nur das Original-Spiel und kein 90er Remix. Natürlich hält das knapp neun Jahre alte Space Invaders in Sachen Grafik, Sound und Spielwitz einen Vergleich mit "Nemesis" oder "Solar Striker" nicht stand.