Space Invaders

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This version of Space Invaders is based on the 1994 arcade game Space Invaders DX but lacks the parody mode of that game. What remains is the classic mode that allows the player to choose the type of arcade cabinet (upright, black & white, etc.) as background to the action as well as the versus mode for two players. The versus mode is split-screen, each player trying to survive and eliminate more invaders than the opponent.

The Game Boy version has both one- and two-player modes using the usual Game Boy tones (black and grey). However, plugging the cart into a Super Game Boy allows playing the game in all four cabinet types of the SNES version.

The PC Engine (TurboGrafx) CD version offers an additional "cosmic versus" mode, where the background is composed of anime-style pictures of girls. They also appear in the "omake mode", which is a single-player variant with the same backgrounds.

The WonderSwan version doesn't offer all four cabinet types (only black & white) but keeps the versus mode.


Space Invaders WonderSwan Mode select.
Space Invaders SNES Title screen.
Space Invaders TurboGrafx CD Choosing the cabinet in the classic mode
Space Invaders WonderSwan You Explode.

Alternate Titles

  • "太空侵略者" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "スペースインベーダー The Original Game" -- Japanese SNES spelling
  • "Space Invaders: They're Back!" -- Game Boy title

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Video Games & Computer Entertainment Game Boy Feb, 1995 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide SNES 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Players Game Boy Feb, 1995 71 out of 100 71
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Jan, 1995 5.3 out of 10 53 (UK) Wii Jan 18, 2009 5 out of 10 50
Defunct Games WonderSwan Sep 04, 2011 C- 42
IGN Wii Nov 17, 2008 4 out of 10 40
IGN SNES Nov 17, 2008 4 out of 10 40
Nintendo Power Magazine SNES Oct, 1997 3.9 out of 10 39
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) TurboGrafx CD Apr, 1990 3.8 out of 12 32


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