Space Invaders - PlayStation

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Space Invaders (PlayStation)
Also for: PC, GBA, Game Boy Color, Arcade, N64, Game Boy, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Oric, Spectrum 48K, Apple II, Atari 5200, Atari 400/800/XL/XE, Atari 2600/VCS, Astrocade
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Static screen Genre:
Classic Arcade: Missile and Base
Shoot 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Soft. Co.: Atari
Publishers: Activision (GB)
Released: 19 Oct 2001 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Memory Card, Dual Shock JoyPad


Space Invaders is the classic game that introduced millions of people to the videogame era. The Space Invaders are back once again, this time they’re on the PlayStation. It’s time to take to the front line of defences and shoot down the alien invasion force. The fate of the galaxy rests in your capable hands. Don’t let the pressure affect you.

Space Invaders is the original shoot-em-up. The idea of the game is simple, shoot the aliens while avoiding their attacks. This is initially easy, but after you take out a couple of waves, the speed of the invaders steadily increases to a frantic pace. Especially when there is just one attacker left. Just watch him plough through at a ridiculous rate into your base.

Like most shoot-em-ups, Space Invaders is about predicting where the enemy is going to be by the time that your shot reaches them. The music plays an important part of creating tension with the tempo matching the action.

The PlayStation version pits you against thirteen different species of aliens in over 100 levels. Every ten levels there is a gigantic boss that must be defeated. Luckily, your weapons can be upgraded to include laser beams and neutron blasts.

Other areas of improvement are impressive 3D backgrounds, hidden levels and a multi-player mode.