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?
- ” Space Invaders – The Original ” (Japan Release 1997)
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.
- ” Space Invaders 2000 ” (Japan Release 1998)
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.
- ” Simple 1500 Series Vol. 73 – The Invader ” (Japan Release 2001)
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.
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.
“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.
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