34 years ago in June 1978; Space Invaders was created by a one-man army, Tomohiro Nishikado. It rapidly became such a massive success in Japan that it resulted in a major coin shortage, so much that the Japan mint had to press a huge number of ¥100 coin pieces to feed the retro gaming hunger! Space Invaders has had numerous remakes, ports and sequels on multiple arcade machines and by 2007 the game itself had made well over $500 million and is featured in the book of Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2008. This amazing retro arcade game has created many more firsts in the world and the gaming industry.
Space Invaders is the alien zapping two dimensional fixed shooting game. The aim of the game is simple yet brilliant, your mission is to repel the horde of aliens coming closer and closer to you while hiding behind your destructible barriers and dodging enemy fire. The arcade soundtrack is a simple tune set in loop which changes in pace as your progress further and further into the Space Invaders.
Did you ever imagine where the shoot ’em up genre originated? It all began with Space Invaders and the results are game titles such as Call of Duty, Doom and Wolfenstein which have been critically acclaimed within the genre. Another first is that the game began the craze for highscores, and if you’ve played other retro arcade games you’ll find that quite a large proportion of them feature a prominent highscores board whether it be in the game or when the game is over.
If like me you’ve spent hours and hours playing this game you’ll be at home playing this game on one of our highly exclusive Arcade Machines. The game is available on all of the Apex, Synergy and Evo arcade machines manufactured in the UK by Bespoke Arcades.
Have a look at some nice gameplay on an arcade machine: