Space Invaders in Review – Overly Nostalgic?

spaceinvaders1I actually expect to be cursed for even writing that title, because I know there are a lot of people who love this game and explicitly hope that whenever a new device is released,  Space Invaders is ported, or emulated so that they can play the historic space shooter on the new piece of hardware. I myself was introduced to this game when I was still very young on my family’s Apple II.

spaceinvaders2Firstly, I want to describe the presentation and quality; Taito had actually emulated the “entire” Space Invaders experience, complete with the graphics of the joystick and the button for shooting the laser gun. The player will have to maintain contact with the virtual joystick, sliding left and right to move the joystick accordingly. This means that what the user sees is the same as if he/ she is in front of the 1978 machine at the arcades. To make the experience more personal, Taito even allows the user to change the virtual joystick to left/ right buttons, and make Space Invaders monochrome too!

The game itself; I don’t think it needs any explaining here. The game is typical Space Invaders; you shoot the alien ships and dodge their gunfire as they try and take over the world.

spaceinvaders3Now, onto my opinion on why this particular version of Space Invaders is overly nostalgic: I think it is because it doesn’t add much to the game experience. I understand that there are some who love this perspective and want to relive the entire experience from the 1970s and 1980s. However, I actually want to see what the original developers of the game can do with such innovative hardware available on the iPhone OS platform, namely the touch screen and accelerometer. Perhaps they can make the game 3D? Perhaps they can increase difficulty by adding more elements to it? I don’t know… but I am very curious to see what these guys can come up with… But should the developers improve it, please maintain the original version as a side function so that nostalgic gamers can enjoy the iconic game as well on their iPhone/ iPod Touch.


App Summary
Title: Space Invaders (v1.0) Developer: Taito Corporation
Price: $4.99 App Size: 2.8 MB
  • True to detail replication of the original arcade experience
  • Can be configured to your “own” machine from the 70s and 80s
  • A bit expensive considering other alternatives are available
  • Nothing else major to report here…


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