Space Invaders - Atari 7800
Hordes of alien invaders are threatening to invade planet Earth, descending from the skies in countless numbers. You must destroy them with your laser cannon before they land. In the meantime, you must avoid getting hit by alien laser bombs.
The fewer of those battle crazed monsters are left in the sky, the faster they move, unleashing more of their deadly laser bombs! Even when you think they've all been destroyed, another set of invaders appear. The battle is on again!
Concentrate--you must be fast and accurate to save the world!
Arcade fans (at least fans of classic arcade games!) will be glad to learn that Bob DeCrescenzo has brought the arcade hit Space Invaders to the Atari 7800 in grand style! Not only do you get a fantastic port of the arcade game, but Bob's given Space Invaders fans a myriad of options to keep any Space Invaders fanatic busy for months! Moving Shields, No Shields, Zigzagging Laser Bombs, No Laser Bombs, Fast Laser Bombs and even Invisible Invaders! One or two players can play, with two different two-player modes!
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Today you can get "arcade perfect" Space Invaders in various Taito arcade compilations for modern consoles, so if a version for the Atari 7800 was going to be special, it needed to be more than just another port.
Combining arcade Space Invaders with the game variations from Atari 2600 port was a great idea, and the results are excellent. Being able to choose the color palette is icing on the cake. Space Invaders is a simple game by even classic standards, but if you are an avid Atari fan, I can't imagine you not liking this game.
It has some great options for shield set up etc. However, I was wishing there was slightly more with the ability of the 7800.
Colors are just the tip of the iceberg though, as the other options and features include: Moving Shields, No Shields, Zigzag Laser Bombs, No Laser Bombs, Fast Laser Bombs, and Invisible Invaders.
String two or three of the above options together and even the most seasoned of players will find it to be most challenging.
Mixing it up nicely when 2 players are involved, there is not only the typical alternating turn configuration, but a simultaneous play competition mode too.
Having Easter just around the corner, whether perceived as a treat or an egg, hold down the pause button, during power up wait for the title screen - you should see "Taito Corporation" being swapped back and forth with Bob's full name. Start up a game, and play with the older sister's sprites.
Sound is handled very well and graphics are managed under the 320 graphics mode looking beautiful. Although the Space Invaders movement by frame is absent, the game plays very smoothly with responsive controls.
Of course the Command Alien Ship is present, making it ever so tempting to go for those "Mystery" points.
Unless you absolutely hate Space Invaders, this is a most excellent port to own and a great edition to the 7800 library.
Space Invaders is a great port of the arcade classic for the Atari 7800. The graphics and gameplay are spot-on, and there are the usual wealth of options: invisible invaders, moving shields, faster enemy bombs, etc. The sounds are pretty good, although the 7800 simply can't reproduce the original arcade game's distinctive sound effects. You can change the colors used in the game to mimic different overlays that were used in the arcade cabinets, and the options menu looks like it would have been right at home on the arcade original, but there's no hint of the background artwork that the arcade game featured. There's also a hidden option to use the 2600 version's graphics instead, although they're a bit squashed-looking, and the 2600 sounds aren't used.
If you want Space Invaders on the 7800, this port delivers. However, given the capabilities of the 7800, I kept wishing there was more to it - like the inclusion of Space Invaders Deluxe, or some of the other Taito games of that era like Galaxy Wars or Lunar Rescue. As it is, it's a really good version of Space Invaders, but for $30 it just doesn't seem like quite enough.
On a side note, you'll see that the creator of this game also brought Pac-Man to the 7800 in grand style via the Pac-Man Collection, which is also available in the store as of this writing, and is also highly recommended.
This game will not disappoint you all of my favorite variations are included in this cartridge even the invisible enemies!
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