Space Invaders was released by Taito in 1978 and is one of the most popular arcade and home console games of all time. The game is an arcade shooter where you move your laser cannon left and right to shoot down wave after wave of invading aliens. As you destroy aliens, the remaining horde on the screen begin to move faster, and the music intensifies. In 1980, Space Invaders was released for the Atari 2600 and was an instant success, causing sales of the 2600 to quadruple.
The home port was one of the few titles at that time that actually improved over the arcade version. Control and firing with the Atari joystick were excellent. The game had the looks and sounds of the arcade version but was now in color. The only real noticeable difference was you now had three shields instead of four.
The game was amazing and had 112 different variations you could play. Some of these include zigzagging bombs, moving shields, larger laser cannons, and invisible aliens.
This doesn’t even account for the robust two player mode. Play against each other for a high score one player at a time or both on screen at the same time. Pick an option where one player moves the laser cannon left, and one moves it right. Or even choose where one player moves and one player shoots. It’s all there, and it adds a ton of options and replayability to this already great one player game.
Atari 2600 Review
Better than the arcade version, hands down.
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