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Space Invaders (Windows)

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Description

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.

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Over Online Nov 01, 1999 70 out of 100 70
IGN Jan 06, 2000 6.8 out of 10 68
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1999 55 out of 100 55
PC Gamer Brasil Feb, 2000 50 out of 100 50
GameSpy Oct 20, 1999 48 out of 100 48
Power Play Nov, 1999 42 out of 100 42
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 13, 1999 40 out of 100 40
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1999 34 out of 100 34
Spel för Alla Dec, 1999 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

The first copies of Space Invaders included a free copy of the Asteroids CD.

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Lee Seitz (645) added Space Invaders (Windows) on Dec 28, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69505), Kartanym (10780) and Grant McLellan (545)