Alongside Pac-Man, Space Invaders remains two most iconic and most popular games of all time. Its creator Nishikado Tomohiro got his inspiration from another arcade game known as Breakout. Nishikado wanted to create a shooting game that’s the same as Breakout, though with complex graphics. He was eager to retain the strategy and ideology that involved shooting targets as well as progressing through levels.
Space Invaders is referred traditionally as a 2-dimensional shooting game. The player is in control of movable laser cannon with the mission of shooting different number of moving aliens. Apart from moving sideways, that make it harder for the aliens to be shot, they additionally move further and further down the screen at the same time the level progresses. When the aliens are eliminated, then the play will advance to the next level. The aliens move across the screen much faster. This increases the game’s difficulty. The game could continue technically infinitely since there’s no set completion of Space Invaders just like Pac-Man and other arcade games. The quest of the player is helped often by the so-called “mystery ship.” This moves across the screen’s top and rewards the player with bonuses when it’s hit.
After an originally slow uptake in Japan, the game became absolute hit. Soon, there was opening of specialist Space Invaders that housed nothing but Space Invaders cabinet. At the end of its first year release in the year 1978, Space Invaders had grossed over $600 million. This was just in Japan! This uptake was equally big in US and by the year 1980, there were above 60,000 Space Invaders machines housed in US, ranging from $2,000-$3,000. Space Invaders was so popular in Japan that a shortage of 100-yen coins was attributed to it, and so many people that used them in arcade halls. It additionally made the change to the video game console arena. Space Invaders was the first official certifying of arcade game when the game was released on Atari in the year 1980. The game alone quadrupled the system’s sale. It was also the first video game to sell above one million cartridges. It pushed double that amount in its first year.
The history of this game is so deep and rich. It has appeared in a number of cultural references. The most defining thing, perhaps, about Space Invaders is the alien image which was made so renowned. The game has been referred to in a number of TV programs and music songs. It has even spawned some series of merchandising sales and you may even play it on your mobile. Any quick internet search will enable you play Space Invaders, having hours and hours of endless fun. This game was selected to represent Japan in the year 2006 as part of some project for cultural affairs. This vindicates its popularity in the world of arcade games. Recent remakes and ports include Space Invaders Anniversary (2003) released for PlayStation 2, Space Invaders part 11, and return of the Invaders were ll featured in the arcade compilation, released in 2005, and Space Invaders 91 and Space Invaders 95 as well as Space Invaders DX that were featured in Taito Legends, released in 2006 among others.
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