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Space Invaders

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Game Boy
TurboGrafx CD
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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 SNES Color screen - The UFO in the top of the screen appears randomly in the game. Shoot!
Space Invaders WonderSwan The Mystery ship flies over head.
Space Invaders WonderSwan If this were in color that might be a giant golden space invader!
Space Invaders SNES Black & white screen - the most classic of four screen types.

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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Critic Reviews

Game Players Game Boy Feb, 1995 71 out of 100 71
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jan, 1995 3 out of 6 60
The Video Game Critic SNES Oct 11, 1999 C+ 58
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Jan, 1995 5.3 out of 10 53
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jan 18, 2009 5 out of 10 50
Mega Fun SNES Dec, 1994 41 out of 100 41
IGN Wii 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
Nintendo Life Wii Nov 18, 2008 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 20


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