Space Invaders. For people of a certain age, those two words are still capable of bringing a tear to the eye. Forget gobsmacking graphics, convoluted gameplay and superflash sound FX. Space Invaders was the phantasmagorical phenomenon that single-handedly brought video games into the mainstream. Yes, there were video games before the mighty Invaders, but they fell by the wayside the second this revolutionary army of skilfully programmed pixels hit arcades back in 1978.
The concept was ludicrously simple, yet ridiculously hypnotic: a shellfish-like invasion force marched left and right across the screen, dropping down a level each time they hit the side. The player's job was to defend the planet by blowing up these increasingly speedy little blighters, whose relentless march was accompanied by an ominous four-note soundtrack. The tension was truly unbearable and the game was excruciatingly compelling. A cultural icon was born.
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of arguably the greatest video game ever with our new Space Invaders 5-in-1 games unit. As well as the lead game it manages to squeeze five other classic Taito titles into one self-contained plug'n'play console complete with arcade-style joystick. Just like our best-selling Atari and Namco Classics, this fabulous little box of gaming nostalgia plugs directly into your TV via handy AV cables, and it's so compact you can take it anywhere there's a TV on hand.
Originally launched by Taito in 1978, over 300,000 Space Invaders machines were built and used worldwide. So many people played the arcade game in Japan that it caused a national coin shortage. The Japanese mint had to treble production of the 100-yen piece because so many coins were used in the arcades.
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