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For detailed information about this series, see: Space Invaders at Wikipedia

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The "crab"-type Invader, serving as the mascot for the series

Space Invaders is a vertical shoot'em up video game series by Taito.

Video games

Main games

  • Space Invaders (June 1978). Arcade. Later released on Atari 2600/400/800/5200, NES, SG-1000, MSX, Game Boy, Wonder Swan, mobile phones and iOS.
  • Deluxe Space Invaders (September 1979). Arcade. Later released for the Game Boy Color. Known as Space Invaders Part II in Japan.
  • Return of the Invaders (1985). Arcade.
  • Space Invaders: Fukkatsu no Hi (March 30, 1990). PC-Engine.
  • Super Space Invaders 91' (September 27, 1990). Arcade. Later released on Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, PC, Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System. Known as Majestic Twelve: The Space Invaders Part IV in Japan.
  • Space Invaders DX (September 09, 1994). Arcade. Later released on Game Boy, SNES, TurboGrafx-CD, Sega Saturn, PlayStation and Nuon. Some ports received title changes:
    • Space Invaders: The Original Game on SNES.
    • Space Invaders on Sega Saturn and Game Boy.
    • Space Invaders 2000 on PlayStation, with a 2001 rerelease titled The Invader: Space Invaders 1500.
    • Space Invaders XL on the Nuon.
  • Space Invaders '95: The Attack of Lunar Loonies (June 1995). Arcade. A parody of the original game with super deformed sprites. Known as Akkanvader in Japan.
  • Space Invaders X (November 30, 1999). PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color and PC. Released as simply Space Invaders in North America.
  • Space Invaders Revolution (March 24, 2005). Nintendo DS. Known as Space Invaders DS in Japan.
  • Space Invaders Evolution (September 22, 2005). PlayStation Portable. Known as Space Invaders: Galaxy Beat in Japan.
  • Space Invaders Extreme (February 21, 2008). Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable. An HD version was later released for the Xbox Live Arcade.
  • Space Invaders Extreme 2 (March 26, 2009). Nintendo DS.
  • Space Invaders: Infinity Gene (July 27, 2009). Mobile phones, iOS and Android. Rereleased in 2010 for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.
  • Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders (May 17, 2017). iOS and Android. A crossover with the Arkanoid series taking elements from both.

Minor games

  • Space Invaders (April 1980). Pinball machine.
  • Mininvader (1990). Arcade. A basic version of the original without music or score, created and included with every Taito cabinet.
  • Space Invaders 90 (September 7, 1990). Sega Genesis. Titled Space Invaders '91 in North America due to a delay in its release date.
  • PD Ultraman Invaders (December 22, 1995). PlayStation. A format crossover with the Ultraman series.
  • Space Invaders (March 19, 2002). Game Boy Advance. An updated version of the original.
  • Space Raiders (December 19, 2002). PlayStation 2 and GameCube. A modern reimagining of the original game, it was released under the title Space Invaders: Invasion Day in Europe.
  • Space Invaders × Pac-Man (September 01, 2005). Mobile phones. A crossover with Namco's Pac-Man series, it included a version of each classic game with characters from the other.
  • Space Invaders Pinball (2007). Mobile phones. A pinball-themed video game.
  • Minna de Invaders (2007/2008). A collection of four minigames released for mobile phones. Its name translates to "Invaders for Everyone".
  • Space Invaders The Beat Attacker (2008). Arcade. A rythm-themed video game.
  • Space Invaders World War (April 2008). Web browsers. A multiplayer online game which tracked world records. Servers were shut down in September 30, 2009.
  • Space Invaders Get Even (August 26, 2008). Wii. In a reverse situation, the player controls the invaders in this title.
  • Space Invaders Frenzy (January 2017). Arcade. A redemption game.

Compilations

  • Space Invaders Virtual Collection (December 01, 1995). Virtual Boy. Includes 2D and 3D versions of the original and Part II.
  • Space Invaders/Qix - Silver Anniversary Edition (2003). Arcade. Includes the original Space Invaders and Qix.
  • Space Invaders Anniversary (July 31, 2003). Arcade, PlayStation 2 and PC. Includes the original game in four different variants, Part II and three exclusive games: Space Invaders Doubles, Space Invaders 3D and Space Invaders VS.
  • Space Invaders Pocket (May 12, 2005). PlayStation Portable. Includes the original title (in four different variants), Part II, Return of the Invaders, Super Space Invaders '91, and Space Invaders '95.
  • Space Invaders Trilogy (2007). Mobile phones. Includes the original title, Part II and Return of the Invaders.

Links to other series

Note: Following the success of Space Invaders, a large number of video games came out that were inspired or directly copied its gameplay style and structure, and as such these games are only considered a link to the Space Invaders series if they feature specific references.

Direction Series Date Description Type


5Arrow R Lupin the Third19791126 November 26, 1979The 111th episode of the Lupin the Third Part II anime features the Space Invaders Arcade game prominently.2


5Arrow R Knots Landing19811112 November 12, 1981The 1st episode of the 3rd season of Knots Landing features the Space Invaders pinball machine.2


5Arrow R Danger Mouse19820104 January 04, 1982The 1st episode of the 2nd season and the 3rd episode of the 5th season of Danger Mouse feature references to Space Invaders.3


5Arrow R E.T.19820526 May 26, 1982The character of Michael in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial wears a Space Invaders t-shirt.2


5Arrow R V: Alien Invasion19830501 May 01, 1983Characters are seen playing Space Invaders in both the original mini-series and the TV series.2


5Arrow R Gabrielle and the Doodleman1984 1984The main character is seen playing Space Invaders at the beginning of the film.2


5Arrow R Slap Fight198607 July 1986A white Invader from Space Invaders makes a cameo in Slap Fight, and many appear as enemies in Slap Fight Tiger.1


5Arrow R Cameltry1989 1989The player's ball in Calmetry can be changed to a space invader from Space Invaders.2


5Arrow R Battletoads199106 June 1991Battletoads features enemies based on the aliens from Space Invaders.3


5Arrow R Terminator19910701 July 01, 1991The Arcade Space Invaders is featured in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and it is also referenced in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.2


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Bubble Bobble1994 1994The cannon from Space Invaders is an assist character in Bubble Symphony and the "Invader" enemy is based on the eponymous aliens; Stage 3 and 4 in the Parody Mode of Space Invaders DX is based on Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Island respectively and feature a playable Bub in dragon and human form; while he, Bob and Drunk are among the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L The NewZealand Story19940909 September 09, 1994Stage 1 in the Parody Mode of Space Invaders DX is based on The New Zealand Story and features a playable Tiki; he's also one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L The Fairyland Story19940909 September 09, 1994Stage 2 in the Parody Mode of Space Invaders DX is based on The Fairyland Story and features a playable Ptolemy; she's also one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Liquid Kids19940909 September 09, 1994Stage 5 in the Parody Mode of Space Invaders DX is based on Liquid Kids and features a playable Hipopo.1


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Arkanoid19940909 September 09, 1994Stage 6 in the Parody Mode of Space Invaders DX is based on Arkanoid and features a playable Vaus; while Stage 5 in Arkanoid is patterned after an invader alien and Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders is a crossover between both franchises.1


4Arrow L Pocky & Rocky19940909 September 09, 1994Stage 7 in the Parody Mode of Space Invaders DX is based on Kiki KaiKai and features a playable Sayo-chan/Pocky; she's also one of the playable characters in Space Invaders '95: The Attack of Lunar Loonies and is one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Darius19940909 September 09, 1994Stage 8 in the Parody Mode of Space Invaders DX is based on Darius and features a playable Silver Hawk; the ship also appears as one of the playable vehicles in Space Invaders '95: The Attack of Lunar Loonies, as DLC in Space Invaders Get Even and Space Invaders: Infinity Gene (version 3.0); while Proco, Iron Fossil and Great Thing are among the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders, and Space Invaders 2000 includes a demo of G-Darius.1


4Arrow L Don Doko Don19940909 September 09, 1994Stage 9 in the Parody Mode of Space Invaders DX is based on Don Doko Don and features a playable Bob.1


5Arrow R The Simpsons19950917 September 17, 1995There's a reference to Space Invaders in the 2nd half of the Who Shot Mr. Burns? special from The Simpsons.2


5Arrow R ReBoot19951109 November 09, 1995The 6th episode of the 2nd season of ReBoot features a reference to Space Invaders.2


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Ultraman19951222 December 22, 1995PD Ultraman Invaders is a format crossover between both series.3


5Arrow R Gadget19990723 July 23, 1999There's a reference to Space Invaders in the live action Inspector Gadget film.2


5Arrow R Drive Me Crazy19991001 October 01, 1999Two characters are seen playing Space Invaders during the film.2


5Arrow R Friends19991007 October 07, 1999In the season 6 episode "The One with Ross's Denial", Chandler references the Space Invaders Arcade.2


5Arrow R Super Milk-Chan20000203 February 03, 2000The 2nd episode of OH! Super Milk-chan features three Space Invaders aliens in a monitor screen.2


5Arrow R Power Shovel20010719 July 19, 2001An Invader alien doll is one of the items to buy in the "Be a good buyer!" mini-game from Power Shovel.2


5Arrow R Futurama20020106 January 06, 2002Space Invaders appear as some of the video game characters in Futurama's episode Anthology of Interest II, while Hermes can be seen playing the game in Attack of the Killer App.2


5Arrow R Rakugaki Oukoku20020320 March 20, 2002The Space Invaders appear as graffiti creatures in Magic Pengel: The Quest for Color and Graffiti Kingdom.1


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Qix2003 2003Space Invaders/Qix - Silver Anniversary Edition is a compilation of both series.3


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Spica Adventure200310 October 2003The boss in Area D and E of Spica Adventure is the shadowy figure seen in cabinet and flyer artwork for Space Invaders imitating the way invaders attack and behave in the series, while Nico from Spica Adventure appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


5Arrow R Taito Memories20050728 July 28, 2005Several Space Invaders games are included in Taito Memories Joukan, Gekan and Memories II Joukan.2


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Pac-Man20050901 September 01, 2005Space Invaders × Pac-Man is a crossover between the two series.1


5Arrow R Taito Legends20051014 October 14, 2005Several Space Invaders games are included in Taito Memories Legends, Legends 2 and Legends Power-Up.2


5Arrow R Asterix20051016 October 16, 2005In Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission: Las Vegum there are Space Invaders references.
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5Arrow R Robot Chicken20060211 February 11, 2006Space Invaders gets spoofed several times in Robot Chicken.3


4Arrow L Ray Series20080826 August 26, 2008The R-Gray 1 spaceship from RayStorm is playable DLC in Space Invaders Get Even, and the R-Gray 2 spaceship and a stage pack based on RayStorm are DLC in version 3.0 of Space Invaders: Infinity Gene.1


5Arrow R Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka20081106 November 06, 2008One character is seen playing the Space Invaders Arcade game during episode 6 of Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka.2


5Arrow R Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs20081106 November 06, 2008Flint Lockwood from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs wears a t-shirt with a drawing resembling the Space Invaders.3


4Arrow L Metal Black20100709 July 09, 2010The Black Fry ship and a stage pack based on Metal Black are DLC in version 3.0 of Space Invaders: Infinity Gene.1


4Arrow L Night Stalker20100709 July 09, 2010The Inter Gray ship and a stage pack based on Night Stalker are DLC in version 3.0 of Space Invaders: Infinity Gene.1


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Groove Coaster20110728 July 28, 2011Groove Coaster is a spin-off of Space Invaders.1


5Arrow R Angry Birds20120322 March 22, 2012Angry Birds Space features a level based on Space Invaders.
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5Arrow R The Amazing World of Gumball20120918 September 18, 2012The episode "The Phone" of The Amazing World of Gumball features several references to Space Invaders. The character Ocho is also designed after the titular aliens.3


5Arrow R Wreck-It Ralph20121102 November 02, 2012An arcade cabinet for Space Invaders can be seen in Wreck-It Ralph.2


5Arrow R Guacamelee!20130409 April 09, 2013At one point in Guacamelee! there are bricks forming the shape of the aliens in Space Invaders.3


5Arrow R Saints Row20130820 August 20, 2013At one point in Saints Row IV a number of spaceships imitate the formation and movement of the aliens in Space Invaders.3


5Arrow R Puzzle & Dragons20130812 August 12, 2013Aliens from Space Invaders appeared in Puzzle & Dragons during the GROOVE COASTER collab event.1


5Arrow R The Big Bang Theory20140406 April 06, 2014In episode 17 of the 7th season of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon can be seen wearing a t-shirt with Space Invaders on it.2


5Arrow R Pixels20150724 July 24, 2015The Space Invaders ships appear among the many videogame characters in the movie Pixels.1


5Arrow R American Horror Story20151014 October 14, 2015In the 2nd episode of the 5th season of American Horror Story Holden can be seen playing Space Invaders for the Atari.2


5Arrow R Hawaii Five-020170120 January 20, 2017Jerri wears a Space Invaders t-shirt during the 14th episode of the 7th season of Hawaii Five-0.2


4Arrow L Chack'n Pop20170517 May 17, 2017Chack'n and Monsta from Chack'n Pop appear among the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L The Legend of Kage20170517 May 17, 2017Kage from The Legend of Kage appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Elevator Action20170517 May 17, 2017The Spy from Elevator Action appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L The Ninja Warriors20170517 May 17, 2017The main characters from The Ninja Warriors appear among the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Time Gal20170517 May 17, 2017Reika Kirishima from Time Gal appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Chase H.Q.20170517 May 17, 2017Nancy from Chase H.Q. appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Sonic Blast Man20170517 May 17, 2017Sonic Blast Man appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Pu·Li·Ru·La20170517 May 17, 2017Zac from Pu·Li·Ru·La appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Lufia20170517 May 17, 2017Lufia from Lufia & the Fortress of Doom appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Densha de Go!20170517 May 17, 2017Tetsu-chan from Densha de Go! appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders, while Space Invaders 2000 includes a demo of Densha de Go! 2.1


4Arrow L Front Lines20170517 May 17, 2017The soldier from Front Lines appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Psychic Force20170517 May 17, 2017Burn, Emilio, Keith and Wendy from Psychic Force appear among the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Puchi Carat20170517 May 17, 2017C-Mond from Puchi Carat appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Cleopatra Fortune20170517 May 17, 2017Patrako from Cleopatra Fortune appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Kirameki Star Road20170517 May 17, 2017Kaori Tachibana from Kirameki Star Road appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


4Arrow L Exit20170517 May 17, 2017Mr. ESC from Exit appears as one of the characters providing assist attacks in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.1


5Arrow R Ready Player One20180311 March 11, 2018Holliday wears a Space Invaders t-shirt during the Ready Player One movie.2


5Arrow R A Hat in Time20180913 September 13, 2018In the stage "The Arctic Cruise" from A Hat in Time: Seal the Deal there's a monitor displaying a game of Space Invaders.2