Supêsu Inbêdâ (1978)

Video Game  |  Animation, Action, Sci-Fi  |  1978 (USA)
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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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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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One of the coolest games for the Atari 2600
30 November 2001 | by (Richmond, CA) – See all my reviews

Based on the popular arcade game, the Atari 2600 translation of "Space Invaders" was an instant hit and became one of the coolest games for the console next to "Asteroids" and "Missile Command." The game had cool graphics and the controls were perfect. The ship was easy to move and fire. With 112 game options, "Space Invaders" was very challenging for one or two players, so there was never a dull moment.

The object was to shoot down thirty-six alien invaders (as opposed to the arcade version's fifty-five). Your only defenses are three shields (that can also be destroyed, leaving you vulnerable to invaders' fire). As you progress, the invaders start to move very fast, with the very last one at supersonic speed that must be destroyed before it crashes down on the ground, ending the game. Every now and then, a flying saucer will fly across the top of the screen and can be shot down for bonus points.

This game was the reason why people bought Atari 2600 consoles. Although they're both obsolete, you might have some luck at a flea market. If you find them, grab them and relive early 80's gaming history. Stay away from the PC remake and the imitations that followed. My evaluation: 8 out of 10.

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