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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.


Space Invaders Game Boy Color After some time, the classic UFO will appear in the screen top: shoot it!
Space Invaders PlayStation Destroy the motherships and earn some extra points.
Space Invaders Game Boy Color Choosing the battle ship.
Space Invaders Game Boy Advance Main menu.

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

PSX Nation PlayStation Oct 07, 1999 84 out of 100 84
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation Nov 30, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Game Boy Advance Apr 30, 2002 13 out of 20 65
64 Power / big.N / N Games Nintendo 64 Jan, 2000 63 out of 100 63
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1999 62 out of 100 62
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Color Nov 01, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Dec, 1999 58 out of 100 58
Power Play Windows Nov, 1999 42 out of 100 42
Mega Fun PlayStation Nov, 1999 35 out of 100 35
Spel för Alla Windows Dec, 1999 3 out of 10 30


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

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