Space Invaders on the Sony PlayStation Portable / PSP / PSPGo

You must know how it is and how it goes by now. It’s a Friday afternoon. You’re on a long train journey. Your portable game console of choice is the Sony PSP and the only game that will do is classic Space Invaders. What are your options…

 

  1. “Space Invaders Pocket” (Japan Release 2005)
Yet another collection of eight classic rom sets / flavours / ports of the quintessential daddy of all shmups. As well as the usual monochromes, cellophanes, uprights and DX’s, we also have Return of the Invaders, Majestic Twelve aka Super Space Invaders ’91 and Space Invaders ’95 – The Attack of the Lunar Loonies aka Akkanvaders.

 

  1. “Space Invaders Evolution” (European Release 2006)
A collection of three different angles of Space Invaders. Firstly and without being hidden or unlockable there is the classic original arcade Space Invaders. We also have “Match up” which is a two player at once opposite sides of the screen style shootout with a similar if slightly improved visual style to the original game. Finally there is a Space Invader Re-imagining called “Future”.

 

It’s Worth Noting…..

It’s worth noting and well worth mentioning “Space Invaders Extreme” on the PSP, Taito’s portable Space Invader release to mark the original games 30th Anniversary.
I particularly like this re-imagining because once you turn off the crazy migraine inducing random 3D background, the game and graphics are reasonable faithful to the original source game albeit with a lot of extra added fluff. Of all of the remakes of Space Invaders that I have played, this one is by far the most fun and has bags of gameplay.

 
 

Space Invaders on the Sony PlayStation 2 / PSX2 / PSTwo / PS2

You know how it goes. It’s a Sunday afternoon, the only game console you can lay your hands on is a Sony PlayStation 2 and the only game that will do is classic arcade Space Invaders… Again. What are your options?

 

  1. “Space Invaders Anniversary” – European Release 2003
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A collection of eight different Space Invaders flavours / romsets presented in a comfortable virtual back street arcade setting. The versions included are:

 

  • Tabletop  Monochrome Version
  • Tabletop Cellophane Version
  • Tabletop Colour Version
  • Upright Colour Version
  • Tabletop Part II Colour Version
  • Space Invaders VS
  • Space Invaders Doubles
  • 3D Space Invaders
Four of the games listed above are available on the PS1 Simple 1500 Series “The Invaders” release, however the 3D Space Invaders game on this release does differ from the PS1 Simple 1500 Series “The Invaders” 3D Space Invaders.
There is also a Space Invaders memorabilia section containing original game artwork and other original Space Invaders material.

 

  1. “Taito Legends” – European Release 2005
A collection of 29 various Taito arcade games including the following Space Invaders releases:

 

  • Space Invaders
  • Space Invaders Pt II
  • Return of The Invaders
Also included are a Taito history section and an interview with Space Invaders original creator and of course, a whole host of other Taito arcade classics.

 

  1. “Taito Legends 2” – European Release 2005
A collection of 39 various Taito arcade games including the following Space Invaders releases:

 

  • Space Invaders DX
  • Space Invaders ’95
  • Super Space Invaders ’91
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Again this collection contains Taito game memorabilia and a large collection of other Taito arcade classics.

 

  1. “Taito Memories Joukan” – Japan Release 2005
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A collection of 25 various Taito arcade games including the following Space Invaders releases:

 

  • Space Invaders Colour
  • Space Invaders DX

 

  1. “Taito Memories Gekan” – Japan Release 2005
A collection of 25 various Taito arcade games including the following Space Invaders releases:

 

  • Space Invaders
  • Space Invaders Pt II

 

  1. “Taito Memories II Joukan” – Japan Release 2006
A collection of 25 various Taito arcade games including the following Space Invaders release:

 

  • Return Of The Invaders

 

“It’s Worth Noting….”

It is worth noting that you can play classic arcade Space Invaders on the critically unclaimed “Space Invaders – Invasion Day” also known as “Space Raiders”. At the ‘Press Start’ screen, enter this code: Hold L1+R1 & press X + O.

 

Space Invaders on the Sony PlayStation / PSX / PSOne / PS1

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You know how it is. It’s a Saturday afternoon. The only game console you can lay your hands on is a Sony PlayStation and the only game that will do is classic arcade Space Invaders. What are your options?

 

  1. ” Space Invaders – The Original ” (Japan Release 1997)
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A collection of four different classic Space Invaders flavours / romsets along with dip switch settings, screen zoom and rotation and a VS Battle Mode. Looking at the files on the game CD, it appears that the original romsets are on there so this is emulated Space Invaders in its rawest form. Just like being at the arcade in the day.
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  1. ” Space Invaders 2000 ” (Japan Release 1998)
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A collection of four different classic Space Invaders flavours / romsets along with….. Deja Vu anyone? This release adds a timed attack mode and the two player modes on the original games that the previous release lacked. The “2000” in the title is I believe the price in Yen, not a reference to the coming new millennium at the time. This release also has a non Space Invaders option on the menu which seems to allow you to play some train simulators from “Darius & GO!2”. I tried this briefly but being non-fluent in Japanese, it was hard going.
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  1. ” Simple 1500 Series Vol. 73 – The Invader ” (Japan Release 2001)
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A collection of four different classic Space Invaders flavours / romsets along with….. Here we go again! The same line up as Space Invaders 2000 with a different colour title screen and an extra game squeezed in, 3D Space Invaders.
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The menu screen and the 3D Space Invaders game included are very reminiscent of the Nintendo Virtual Boy release “Space Invaders Virtual Collection” which included a 3D Space Invaders game. See the comparison pictures below.
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“It’s Worth Noting….”

It is worth noting that you can play original arcade Space Invaders on the PlayStation Space Invaders remake / reimagining aka Space Invaders X in Japan. Enable “Select level” code and successfully complete level 00. Hold Right when choosing 1P or 2P game to play classic Space Invaders.
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It is also worth noting that you can play several variations of original arcade Space Invaders on the PlayStation using Anthony Ball’s excellent arcade emulators “The Space Invaders Project”, “The Galaxian Project” and “The Phoenix Project”. A collection of the roms that these emulators run is on the Retrocoder Arcade Collection available here and includes:

 

  • Space Invaders
  • Space Invaders Pt II aka Space Invaders DX
  • Super Earth Invasion
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