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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.

Screenshots

Space Invaders Windows Main menu
Space Invaders Windows Loading screen
Space Invaders Windows Armored Covers can be shoot a few times then explode.
Space Invaders PlayStation Pluto - Level 2

Promo Images

Space Invaders Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Want Puzzle-Vaders? Look here. Windows Trixter (9110)

Critic Reviews

64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Advance Jul, 2002 84 out of 100 84
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Oct, 1999 81 out of 100 81
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation Nov 30, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Revolution Nintendo 64 Apr 01, 2000 B- 67
Jeuxvideo.com Game Boy Advance Apr 30, 2002 13 out of 20 65
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1999 62 out of 100 62
Daily Radar Nintendo 64 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 50
GameSpy Windows Oct 20, 1999 48 out of 100 48
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Dec 28, 1999 3.3 out of 10 33
Consoles News PlayStation Oct, 1999 20 out of 100 20

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Trivia

The year 1978 was used in the storyline for the original invasion because that's when the arcade game was released.

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