Thursday, 21 November 2019

Space Invaders (Arcade Original) on the Sony PlayStation / PSOne / PS1 / PSX

Question - Can I play arcade original Space Invaders on my Sony PlayStation / PS1 / PSOne (and hence PSP, PS Vita, PS2, PS3 etc)?

Answer - Well yes. Yes you can actually.

If I had a penny for every time I've been asked this... ( 1p, and that was me asking myself... ).

Below is a brief review of your options which include Official Releases, Unlockable extras and Homebrew for modded consoles.



Our first release is the imaginatively named Space Invaders.

This is a completely different release from the PAL / NTSC-U release of the same name, which was renamed Space Invaders X in NTSC-J regions.

This release is essentially a port of the 1993 arcade game Space Invaders DX, but without the Space Invaders update/parody game.

Contained on this release are four slightly different flavours of arcade original Space Invaders:

  • Table Top Monochrome
  • Table Top Monochrome with Cellophane Overlay (Back in the day, this was the first mod for Space Invaders to give it some colour)
  • Upright Monochrome with moon backdrop
  • Table Top Colour (The first proper colour graphics version of the game)

Also included is a two player VS-Battle Mode allowing you to pit your wits against a second human player or to play against the massive tactical intellectual capabilities of the PS1.

So how much would you have been expected to pay for all of this arcade wonderfulness? 2800 Yen or around £20.


Our next title is a budget release of the original Space Invaders compilation above.

The 2000 in the name doesn't refer to the year of release or the turn of the Millennium in general, but instead was related to the price; 2000 Yen or around £15.

Included are the same four releases of the original arcade Space Invaders and the VS-Battle Mode.

On top of this, a new mode has been added, Time Attack Mode.

And squeezed onto the remaining CD space are playable demos of G.Darius and Densha De Go! 2.

Simple 1500 Series Volume 73 - Space Invaders 1500 - The Invaders - SLPM 86900

The third official release is once again a budget re-release of the previous two reviewed, with the same four original games and the same VS-Battle Mode and Time Attack Mode included.

Once again, a new mode has been squeezed in. This time its Space Invaders 3D.

All for the princely sum of 1500 Yen or around 10 of your earth pounds.

This release has visual similarities to Space Invaders Virtual Collection for Nintendo's Virtual Boy. See what you think.

PD Ultraman Invader NTSC-J - SLPS 00195

A mish-mash of Ultraman and Space Invaders to make a rehash / re-envisioning of the Taito classic arcade game.

Also included is "Classic Mode" which is once again a port of the '93 arcade game Space Invaders DX minus the Parody mode.


Space Invaders - SLES 02144

The Space Invaders rehash / remake (Space Invaders X in NTSC-J areas) has the original arcade Space Invaders as an unlockable.

Beat the game on normal difficulty and then at the main menu on the "Players" option, go right to the "Classic" option.

This will allow you to play classic monochrome Space Invaders.

This uses an older version of the Space Invaders romset. You can tell this by looking at the scores. They have only four digits whereas later romset versions have five digit scores.


Space Invaders Project - Retrocoder

Download Anthony Ball's Retrocoder Arcade Collection for Sony Playstation here.

Anthony Ball (Retrocoder) of Deluxe Pixel Ltd (previously known as Double Dutch Designs and Sinistersoft) wrote an excellent Space Invaders arcade board emulator for the PS1 that, when combined with an original arcade rom set, can be used to play a number of Intel 8080 based arcade games, including several variants of Space Invaders.

You will need to find the romsets yourself. I would recommend getting them from an old MAME romset release (0.36 or 0.37). The emulator supports several different flavours of Space Invaders including monochrome, Part II, Deluxe and Super Earth Invasion.


I'm not going to go into masses of detail on all of this, but a very simple way to play PS1 ISO's on a PS2 using a USB stick is using the following:

  • PlayStation 2 or PSTwo
  • PS2 Memory Card
  • A USB 2.0 memory stick of 32 GB capacity or less (Formatted to FAT32)
  • Free Memory Card Boot - A program that installs to the PS2 memory card and adds functionality to the PS2 OS to run Homebrew Apps.
  • POPStarter - A set of PS2 files that allow PS1 ISOs to be run from USB stick.
  • Cue2POPS - A PC program that converts .cue/.bin CD images to POPStarter Images.

There is already a huge amount of information on how to use the tools listed above so I don't need to repeat it.
Try googling "how to run ps1 games on a ps2 from a USB stick.".


1. If you have a PS1 or PS2 and one of the games above, have a nostalgic afternoon blatting away at wave after wave of retro alien rage.
2. How about building a replica Space Invaders arcade cabinet or table, powered using a PS1 or PS2?
3. Ignore the information here and continue living a happy life.


Have I missed a PS1 Space Invaders game? Probably... Leave me a comment and I'll add it to the list.

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