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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Arcade Classic Game Collections on the Sony PlayStation / PSX / PSOne / PS1

Ok so it doesn’t quite rival MAME… but between these Sony PlayStation arcade collections there are over 100 arcade classics. With Sony PlayStations going for a dime a dozen and so many ways of picking up cheap second hand games, it won’t cost a fortune to get a good arcade collection up and running, and its all nice n legal!

 

Williams Arcade’s Greatest Hits
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The Games:
  • Robotron : 2084
  • Defender
  • Defender II
  • Joust
  • Sinistar
  • Bubbles
The Extras:
  • Williams introduction
  • Media library of photos, fliers and memorabilia
  • The inside story for each game
  • Media clips of the people involved

 

Midway Presents Arcade’s Greatest Hits – The Midway Collection 2
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The Games:
  • Blaster
  • Joust 2
  • Splat
  • Burger Time
  • Spy Hunter
  • Moon Patrol
  • Root Beer Tapper
The Extras:
  • Trivia quiz on each game

 

Midway Presents Arcade’s Greatest Hits – The Atari Collection 1
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The Games:
  • Asteroids
  • Missile Command
  • Battle Zone
  • Centipede
  • Tempest
  • Super Breakout
The Extras:
  • The golden age of Atari
  • Media library of photos, fliers and memorabilia
  • The Inside Story for Each Game

 

Midway Presents Arcade’s Greatest Hits – The Atari Collection 2
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The Games:
  • Gauntlet
  • Marble Madness
  • Paperboy
  • Road Blasters
  • Millipede
  • Crystal Castles
The Extras:
  • Gallery for each game – Flyers, Hints and sketches

 

Atari Anniversary Redux
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The Games:
  • Asteroids
  • Asteroids Deluxe
  • Battlezone
  • Black Widow
  • Centipede
  • Gravitar
  • Missile Command
  • Pong
  • Space Duel
  • Super Breakout
  • Tempest
  • Warlords
The Extras:
  • Video Interviews with Nolan Bushnell
  • Excerpts from “Pheonix: The Fall and Rise of Video Games”
  • Photo Gallery of Atari Memorabilia

 

Midway Arcade Party Pak
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The Games:
  • 720
  • Klax
  • Rampage
  • Smash TV
  • Super Sprint
  • Toobin
The Extras:
  • History of Each Game

 

Konami Arcade Classics aka Konami Arcade Gallery
The Games:
  • Pooyan
  • Scramble
  • Yie Ar Kung Fu
  • Rock n Rope
  • Circus Charlie
  • Shaolins Road
  • Super Cobra
  • Road Fighter
  • Time Pilot
  • Gyruss
The Extras:
  • History of Each Game

 

Namco Museum – Volume 1
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The Games:
  • Pacman
  • Rally X
  • New Rally X
  • Galaga
  • Bosconian
  • Toy Pop
  • Pole Position
The Extras:
  • Virtual Museum Containing Game Info and Memorabilia

 

Namco Museum – Volume 2
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The Games:
  • Super Pacman (Not Japanese Release)
  • Xevious
  • Mappy
  • Gaplus
  • Grobda
  • Dragon Buster
  • Bomb Bee (Japanese Release Only)
  • Cutie Q (Japanese Release Only)
The Extras:
  • Virtual Museum Containing Game Info and Memorabilia

 

Namco Museum – Volume 3
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The Games:
  • Galaxian
  • Ms Pacman
  • Dig Dug
  • Phozon
  • Pole Position 2
  • The Tower of Druaga
The Extras:
  • Virtual Museum Containing Game Info and Memorabilia

 

Namco Museum – Volume 4
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The Games:
  • Pacland
  • The Return of Ishtar
  • The Genji and Heike Clans
  • Assault
  • Ordyne
The Extras:
  • Virtual Museum Containing Game Info and Memorabilia

 

Namco Museum – Volume 5
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The Games:
  • Metro Cross
  • Baraduke
  • Dragon Spirit
  • Pac Mania
  • The Legend Of Valkyrie
The Extras:
  • Virtual Museum Containing Game Info and Memorabilia

 

Namco Museum – Volume 6 / Encore
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The Games:
  • King and Balloon
  • Motos
  • Skykid
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Wonder Momo
  • Rompers
  • Dragon Sabre
The Extras:
  • Virtual Museum Containing Game Info and Memorabilia

 

Nichibutsu Arcade Classics
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The Games:
  • Moon Cresta
  • Crazy Climber
  • Frisky Tom
  • SF-X
  • Toms Strike Back
  • Crazy Climber 85
The Extras:
  • Various Flyers and Memorabilia

 

Irem Arcade Classics
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The Games:
  • 10 Yard Fight
  • Zippy Race
  • Kung Fu Master
The Extras:
  • Appears to be a video walk-thru of Kung Fu Master

 

Capcom Generations – Volumes 1 to 5

 

Four Disc Release
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Two Disc Release
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Single Disc Releases
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Capcom Generations 1 – Wings Of Destiny
The Games:
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1943 Kai
The Extras:
  • Art and Illustrations
  • Tips
  • Cast
  • Secrets

 

Capcom Generations 2 – Chronicles of Arthur
The Games:
  • Ghosts and Goblins
  • Ghouls and Ghosts
  • Super Ghouls and Ghosts
The Extras:
  • Art and Illustrations
  • Tips
  • Cast
  • Secrets

 

Capcom Generations 3 – The First Generation
The Games:
  • Vulgus
  • Sonson
  • Pirate Ship Higemaru
  • Exed Exes
The Extras:
  • Art and Illustrations
  • Tips
  • Cast
  • Secrets

 

Capcom Generations 4 – Blazing Guns
The Games:
  • Commando
  • Gunsmoke
  • Mercs
The Extras:
  • Art and Illustrations
  • Tips
  • Cast
  • Secrets

 

Capcom Generations 5 – Street Fighter Collection 2
The Games:
  • Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
  • Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
The Extras:
  • Art and Illustrations
  • Tips
  • Cast
  • Secrets

 

Reference List of All Games in Alphabetical Order

 

  • 10 yard fight – IREM Arcade Classics
  • 1942 – Capcom Generations 1
  • 1943 – Capcom Generations 1
  • 1943 Kai – Capcom Generations 1
  • 720 – Midway Arcade Party Pak
  • Assault – Namco Museum 4
  • Asteroids – The Atari Collection 1 & Atari Anniversary Redux
  • Asteroids Deluxe – Atari Anniversary Redux
  • Baraduke – Namco Museum 5
  • Battle Zone – The Atari Collection 1 & Atari Anniversary Redux
  • Black Widow – Atari Anniversary Redux
  • Blaster – The Midway Collection 2
  • Bomb Bee – Namco Museum 2 (Japanese Release Only)
  • Bosconian – Namco Museum 1
  • Bubbles – Williams Arcade’s Greatest Hits
  • Burger Time – The Midway Collection 2
  • Centipede – The Atari Collection 1 & Atari Anniversary Redux
  • Circus Charlie – Konami Arcade Classics
  • Commando – Capcom Generations 4
  • Crazy Climber – Nichibutsu Arcade Classics
  • Crazy Climber 85 – Nichibutsu Arcade Classics
  • Crystal Castles – The Atari Collection 1
  • Cutie Q – Namco Museum 2 (Japanese Release Only)
  • Defender – Williams Arcade’s Greatest Hits
  • Defender II – Williams Arcade’s Greatest Hits
  • Dig Dug – Namco Museum 3
  • Dragon Buster – Namco Museum 2
  • Dragon Sabre – Namco Museum 6 / Encore
  • Dragon Spirit – Namco Museum 5
  • Exed Exes – Capcom Generations 3
  • Frisky Tom – Nichibutsu Arcade Classics
  • Galaga – Namco Museum 1
  • Galaxian – Namco Museum 3
  • Gaplus – Namco Museum 2
  • Gauntlet – The Atari Collection 2
  • Ghosts and Goblins – Capcom Generations 2
  • Ghouls and Ghosts – Capcom Generations 2
  • Gravitar – Atari Anniversary Redux
  • Grobda – Namco Museum 2
  • Gunsmoke – Capcom Generations 4
  • Gyruss – Konami Arcade Classics
  • Joust – Williams Arcade’s Greatest Hits
  • Joust 2 – The Midway Collection 2
  • King and Balloon – Namco Museum 6 / Encore
  • Klax – Midway Arcade Party Pak
  • Kung Fu Master – IREM Arcade Classics
  • Mappy – Namco Museum 2
  • Marble Madness – The Atari Collection 2
  • Mercs – Capcom Generations 4
  • Metro Cross – Namco Museum 5
  • Millipede – The Atari Collection 2
  • Missile Command – The Atari Collection 1 & Atari Anniversary Redux
  • Moon Cresta – Nichibutsu Arcade Classics
  • Moon Patrol – The Midway Collection 2
  • Motos – Namco Museum 6 / Encore
  • Ms Pacman – Namco Museum 3
  • New Rally X – Namco Museum 1
  • Ordyne – Namco Museum 4
  • Pacman – Namco Museum 1
  • Pacland – Namco Museum 4
  • Pacmania – Namco Museum 5
  • Paperboy – The Atari Collection 2
  • Phozon – Namco Museum 3
  • Pirate Ship Higemaru – Capcom Generations 3
  • Pole Position – Namco Museum 1
  • Pole Position 2 – Namco Museum 3
  • Pong – Atari Anniversary Redux
  • Pooyan – Konami Arcade Classics
  • Rally X – Namco Museum 1
  • Rampage – Midway Arcade Party Pak
  • Road Blasters – The Atari Collection 2
  • Road Fighter – Konami Arcade Classics
  • Robotron : 2084 – Williams Arcade’s Greatest Hits
  • Rock n Rope – Konami Arcade Classics
  • Rolling thunder – Namco Museum 6 / Encore
  • Rompers – Namco Museum 6 / Encore
  • Root Beer Tapper – The Midway Collection 2
  • Scramble – Konami Arcade Classics
  • SF-X – Nichibutsu Arcade Classics
  • Shaolins Road – Konami Arcade Classics
  • Sinistar – Williams Arcade’s Greatest Hits
  • Skykid – Namco Museum 6 / Encore
  • Smash TV – Midway Arcade Party Pak
  • Sonson – Capcom Generations 3
  • Space Duel – Atari Anniversary Redux
  • Splat – The Midway Collection 2
  • Spy Hunter – The Midway Collection 2
  • Street Fighter II: Champion Edition – Capcom Generations 5
  • Street Fighter II: The World Warrior – Capcom Generations 5
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting – Capcom Generations 5
  • Super Breakout – The Atari Collection 1 & Atari Anniversary Redux
  • Super Cobra – Konami Arcade Classics
  • Super ghouls and ghosts – Capcom Generations 2
  • Super Pacman – Namco Museum 2 (Not Japanese Release)
  • Super Sprint – Midway Arcade Party Pak
  • Tempest – The Atari Collection 1 & Atari Anniversary Redux
  • The Genji and Heike Clans – Namco Museum 4
  • The Legend Of Valkyrie – Namco Museum 5
  • The Return of Ishtar – Namco Museum 4
  • The Tower of Druaga – Namco Museum 3
  • Time Pilot – Konami Arcade Classics
  • Toms Strike Back – Nichibutsu Arcade Classics
  • Toobin – Midway Arcade Party Pak
  • Toy Pop – Namco Museum 1
  • Vulgus – Capcom Generations 3
  • Warlords – Atari Anniversary Redux
  • Wonder Momo – Namco Museum 6 / Encore
  • Xevious – Namco Museum 2
  • Yie Ar Kung Fu – Konami Arcade Classics
  • Zippy Race – IREM Arcade Classics

 

“It’s Worth Noting….”

Its worth noting that there are some top homebrew arcade emulators for the Sony PlayStation.
The most notable of these is the “Retrocoder Arcade Collection” by Anthony Ball of Double Dutch Designs / Sinister Soft. This collection comes from Anthony’s three arcade emulation projects: “The Space Invaders Project”, “The Galaxian Project” and “The Phoenix Project”.
Each project emulates the specific stated hardware which then allows any associated roms that worked with that hardware to be compiled into a PlayStation executable.
24 of the best games that are emulatable (Is emulatable even a word??) from Anthony’s work are contained on the “Retrocoder Arcade Collection” which is available for download from here.