Original Space Invaders Retro Arcade Machine

£2,995.00 Exl VAT

This is your chance to own an ORIGINAL Space Invaders machine that has been lovingly restored to its former glory! PC converted for reliability, it is perfect for retro arcades, parties and venues. This authentic space invaders arcade machine is an excellent retro-themed gift for any nostalgic gamer. Space Invaders is the godfather of arcade games which revolutionised gaming with its gameplay focused around an alien invasion. Controls are simple and easy to use making it the perfect choice.

The Space Invaders Arcade Machine is also available for hire.

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Manchester / North West £150.00 each way
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London /South £350.00 each way

The history of Space Invaders

It was designed by Toshiro Nishikado, inspired by the likes of War of the Worlds and Star Wars. Nishikado built a custom microprocessor from discrete logic chips without the help of a hardware designer. He eventually finished the design in November 1974 and received a patent for his work in 1978. It was released the same year by Taito. The game was an instant success.

On May 15, 1978, Taito first released the game throughout Japan. The same year it was exported to Europe and the United States where the game became even more popular. It quickly became a cultural phenomenon in America where people would take days off work just to play Space Invaders at their local arcade parlour.

The game changed slightly over the years, but the basic premise stayed the same. The player controls a laser cannon attached to the bottom of the screen by a movable lever. Using this lever, players can move the cannon left and right along the bottom of the screen in order to avoid enemy fire and counterattack.

How to play Space Invaders

The player controls a gun that can be moved horizontally across the bottom of the screen to shoot enemies that descend in rows from the top, earning points for destroying them. Enemies attack by firing at the player in waves; when all ground forces are defeated, no new enemy spaceships appear and players can advance to the next level.

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 be 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. The game is divided into three stages. After the players complete each stage, a harder “2nd Wave” or “3rd Wave” difficulty level becomes accessible.

The first wave of enemy ships flies horizontally back and forth across the screen in formation. They fire one bullet at a time and leave themselves vulnerable to attack back! You have to have super-fast reaction times to survive the first wave!

Stage Two has numerous enemies that shoot directly at you as well as bombs that fall to the bottom of the screen. Players must be careful not to let too many bombs land or they will lose a life.

The third stage involves enemies that fly diagonally and fire multiple bullets at once, which are much harder to escape! Are you fast enough?

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.