The object of the game is to shoot the alien invaders and keep them off the ground.


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"Space Invaders" became one of the first coin-op video arcade games to enjoy mega-success worldwide. Teen-agers and college students spent hours at the local arcade (or wherever one of the game machines was placed) using a single laser base trying to defeat an army of alien creatures who marched from side to side in grid-like formation, slowly but perilously approaching Earth. In 1980, Atari released a home version of the wildly popular arcade game for its popular home video game system. The format of the game was identical, this time with the laser base defending Earth against 36 of the alien creatures (arranged in a 6-by-6 formation). As in the arcade game, the object was to defeat the aliens before they reached Earth (with the aliens speeding up as they become fewer in number); allowing even one alien to land on the bottom row automatically ended the game, while losing three laser bases also meant the game over. On occassion, a spaceship would fly across the top of the screen, ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Action | Sci-Fi







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1978 (USA)  »

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Alien Attackers  »

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When Space Invaders was released in Japan in 1978, it was an instant hit among the Japanese public. Practically the whole country was obsessed with the game, there were even reports of youths committing robberies just to play it. The machines ran on 100-Yen coins, and people plunked down enough of them to cause a nationwide shortage of 100-Yen coins. The government eventually produced four times the normal amount of 100-Yen coins in order to keep up with the Space Invaders craze. See more »


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War of the worlds comes to your neighbourhood!
9 September 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

1978, the year that gave us Jeff Wayne's classic overblown double-album War of the Worlds, also happens to be the year that the Taito corporation launched Space Invaders - and amusement arcades were never the same again. Twenty three years later, this deceptively simple game still conjurs up a sense of instant drama with its sparse graphics, atmospheric sound effects and the foreboding sense of doom that comes from watching those slowly-accelerating aliens advancing upon your lone laser gun. The daddy of all "retro" titles, Space Invaders is still going strong in various forms, with several British high-street stores selling hand-held or keyring versions of this most durable of arcade games. Long may it run.

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