Space Invaders (Japanese: スペースインベーダー Hepburn: Supēsu Inbēdā?) is an arcade video game created by Tomohiro Nishikado and released in 1978. It was originally manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan, and was later licensed for production in the United States by the Midway division of Bally. Space Invaders is one of the earliest shooting games and the aim is to defeat waves of aliens with a laser cannon to earn as many points as possible. In designing the game, Nishikado drew inspiration from popular media: Breakout, The War of the Worlds, and Star Wars. To complete it, he had to design custom hardware and development tools.
It was one of the forerunners of modern video gaming and helped expand the video game industry from a novelty to a global industry (see golden age of video arcade games). When first released, Space Invaders was very successful.
The game has been the inspiration for other video games, re-released on numerous platforms, and led to several sequels. The 1980 Atari 2600 version quadrupled the system's sales and became the first "killer app" for video game consoles. Space Invaders has been referenced and parodied in multiple television shows, and been a part of several video game and cultural exhibitions. The pixelated enemy alien has become a pop culture icon, often used as a synecdoche representing video games as a whole.
Power of the Verse
It is surprisingly powerful for such an old game. Although nothing too impressive on a large scale, it holds some casual Building busters, and most versions can easily vaporizes ships, leading them into the Town level territory or higher. Although together the Invaders can reaches Tier 6 in environmental damage, individually they top at City level.
Despite being mostly space-faring, they possess almost no FTL speed, instead going into the Mach 2-1200 range, but rarely even beyond that.