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Space Invaders - PC

by Activision See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / Me / 95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00001QHYA
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,944 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Attention all earthlings! Relentless alien hordes have been identified in a vicinity near you. Be aware--the classic arcade update has proven to be even more dangerously addictive than ever before. Alien troops have been reinforced with enhanced firepower, 3-D graphics, special effects and multiplayer modes! Remain calm--Space Invaders can be battled on the Game Boy Color, PlayStation and Nintendo 64 game consoles, as well as on the PC. Space Invaders skyrockets the classic arcade franchise to new heights with out-of-this world 3-D graphics, explosive special effects, enhanced firepower, high resolution cinematics, and frenetic multiplayer modes in graphically rich space worlds. Classic Arcade Action! Brave 100 levels of classic shoot-and-dodge-style gameplay--now in 3-D and updated with a host of innovative features! Visit a variety of space worlds, including Pluto, Saturn, Mars, and Earth--each with dynamic terrain and interactive background elements. Explosive weapons and sound effects! Your arsenal includes an infrared laser beam, flame throwers and a neutron blast, plus bonus power-ups and special weapons unique to each world. Be abducted by awesome 3-D graphics, high-resolution cinematics, an engaging single-player storyline, and intense sound effects. Take on alien invaders cooperatively, or go head-to-head against a friend in a two-player race to annihilate aliens for points. Battle 18 species of aliens and 10 huge bosses, including Crunchers, Dodgers, Ic Invaders, and Invisible Invaders--each with unique attacks and advaced strategies. Hidden bonuses include a replica of the original arcade game, plus two bonus worlds with 20 additional hidden levels.


The classic arcade hit has returned. With a galaxy to save, you must attack squadron after squadron of alien forces. There are 13 different enemy species to destroy before they wipe you out. Fight with laser beams and neutron blasts as you hunt for shields, hidden worlds, and even a replica of the original game. Incredible graphics, sound, and special effects keep the adrenaline pumping as you combat the alien invasion.

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but too easy November 10, 1999
By A Customer
I am old enough (32) to remember playing the original Space Invaders in the arcade. This updated version was fun while it lasted, but I won the game on the normal level after three tries. The expert level lasted two tries. The hidden maniacal level lasted two tries also. So, after 4 days, I had won the game. That was somewhat disappointing, especially since I'm hardly an arcade shark.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Space Invaders: The Next Generation May 31, 2003
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I recently upgraded to Windows XP, and I'm happy to say that "Space Invaders" is still compatible with my computer. Using the keyboard for controls quickly becomes as easy as using a mouse on other computer games. Hitting the passing spaceship above the descending aliens is critical, as that unlocks added features you'll really need, such as a shield and double shot. I also like how each level adds a different alien with more challenging features. Especially tough is the huge super-alien that appears at the end of every level. With state of the art graphics and ease of gameplay, Activision has created a great game that's both fun and addictive. More expensive computer games are gathering dust on the shelf while I continue to zap aliens!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job! October 31, 2004
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Activision has done a great job rebuilding one of the best classics from the old video game days. In this game, go to every planet and fight off over 12 types of aliens and over 8 boss aliens. By beating the game(which is a bit too easy, unfortunately), you will unlock the classic version of the game.

Graphics-5/5: The graphics are great in this game. You can turn the 3D detail of the game up and down. I have to say that when you turn 3D detail to Low, it looks a bit like Paper Mario. It looks cool that way.

Control-5/5: Control is nice and easy, but they are very original controls. I've never seen another game using the Comma key as a control. Plus, if you don't like the controls, you can change them through the Control Configuration menu.

Challenge-2/5: I have to admit, this game ain't too hard. It takes about, say, 45 minutes at the most to complete, not counting the 2 hidden bonus level thingies(I'll explain those in the Replay Value section.)

Storyline-NOT COUNTED- You don't need a storyline for a classic game. I don't even remotely CARE about storyline in many games, except if it's an RPG.

Originality-NOT COUNTED- It's based on a classic game. Shooting aliens isn't that original, but who cares?

Replay Value-4/5: This game can be played many times without getting old. Also, 2 more planets can be unlocked (I have no idea how) that are really fun. Unfortunately, out of about the 25 or so times I've beaten the game, the 2 hidden planets have only appeared once.

Music-4/5: There's actually not all that much music. But, the music that is on Mars is really techno and cool.

FUN- 10/10: The most important thing in every game is, of course, the fun factor.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all time favorites November 18, 2001
By A Customer
have played space invaders for years (from video machines to the old atari model) and was tickled when I discovered this version for use on my computer. Have made it through all the levels and am now getting my grandson in on the fun. He shoots while I move the tank from side to side and he gets a big kick out of hitting an alien (which is getting to be more often).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic redone right. July 7, 2001
"Space Invaders" was probably the first seriously quarter-sucking game of my adolescence (with "Defender" probably being the last, less a few later-in-life notable exceptions) and it's nice to see it get the "upgrade" being given to so many other (dare I say "less worthy"?) arcade games.
This is also one of the =best= upgrades of a classic game done to-date. Why? Because they didn't change =too= much. The original was a genre-creating game that was followed by a zillion variations and subtle alterations (like the aliens dropping down a la "Galaxian"/"Galaga" or a 3D perspective like "Zaxxon") and yet this upgrade resists all of that. It doesn't even bother with a story, except for a tiny homage cutscene at the beginning and end of the game.
Your "tank" (is =that= what that thing was supposed to be?) moves horizontally along the bottom of the screen as an alien horde moves closer. The more aliens you shoot, the faster the surviving ones go (which was probably more a reflection on CPU speeds of the day than anything).
What they added were tank powerups and special attacks and alien special attacks. For the most part, the tank's special attacks are useful and must be used differently from one another. The alien's special attacks must be kept in forefront of the player's mind.
The power-ups render the game very easily won, particularly the "double-shot" which allows your tank to have two shots on screen at once, instead of just one. (Without a double-shot, a miss means you must wait for your missile to travel to the very top of the screen before you can fire again. Accuracy counts a =lot= more.
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