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Space Invaders - December 2, 2000 by D@Z
Game:Space InvadersCompany:Midway
Type:ShooterPlayers:1/2

Space invaders was the start of great things to come in the arcade`s,without the great work of Toshihiro Nishikado (Designer and programmer) this may never have happened.The format of this game is so simple,yet so effective. With 55 aliens trying to land on the earth your mission is to destroy them all in time before they land.
The different invaders are worth more points as you blast through them,the first 22 are worth 10 points,the next 22 are double points and the final top row of 11 are worth a huge 30. Watch out for the UFO that flies across the top thats worth mystery points.
Each time the invaders get to the edge of the screen they drop down,nearer to taking over the planet.As you blast them out of the night sky the remaining ships get faster and faster and the thump,thump sounds increases in tempo and gets you in to a panic.
Blasting the fire button like crazy you must try to get each hit to strike its target first time,but there is always one or two that go straight past them all and leave you wondering how you missed them.There are 4 protective walls you can hide behind,but they gradually get blown away as the aliens shower you with deadly shots.You have 3 lives to play with and you will need them all,each level you progress the game gets faster and harder.Overall this classic game is very good fun and the few controls make life easier.The emulation of this game is very good,you don`t need a very powerful machine to run this and there are many versions available,like the deluxe colour version that came out 2 years after and the remake-Super space invaders in 1991 by Taito also reviewed here.Live them childhood moments once again and save the earth!
Graphics
7
8
Sound
Play Control
9
8
Challenge
Replay Value
8
9
Performance

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