Space Invaders is the godfather of arcade games. It was designed by Toshiro Nishikado, inspired by the likes of War of the Worlds and Star Wars, and released in 1978 by Taito.
This arcade classic revolutionised gaming with its gameplay focused around an alien invasion. The player controls a laser cannon and must move it left and right horizontally, firing at the alien army swarm descending downwards from the top of the screen. Sounds easy? Not when the aliens also fire back! With four buildings which to take cover, your quest can be made easier but these structures won’t last and are susceptible to enemy fire and will eventually e destroyed. The player’s goal is to clear the level of the aliens. If you take enemy hits and run out of lives or unsuccessfully stop the aliens from reaching the bottom of the screen, it’s game over. Repetitive but addictive, Space Invaders is one of those games that you can’t help but play “just once more” in a bid to beat the high score or at least that of your friends.
This machine is an original that has been refurbished to its former glory.