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Atari Invaders

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Developers Atari (original)
Unknown (hack)
Publishers Atari, Sears (original)
Freeware (hack)
System Atari 2600
Release Dates 1980 (original)
Unknown (hack)
Modes Single player
Two players alternating
Two players simultaneous
Media Cartridge (original)
ROM file (hack)

Space Invaders for the Atari 2600 was the first ever arcade to home game license, becoming a huge best seller, which it included 112 games with multiple playing variables. In the game, a group of invaders marched from one side of the screen to the other, dropping down a notch closer to the player’s laser cannon whenever they reached a screen edge, firing at the player’s cannon all the while. The player had three bunkers to take cover under, although they would become damaged with the player’s and invaders’ laser fire, then disappear altogether if the invaders came down too close, and if the invaders made it down to the very bottom of the screen, the player was "invaded" and the game would end (along with if the player lost all three of their laser cannons due to being shot by invaders would also end a game). A high-scoring Command Alien Ship would also fly overhead several times during a wave as well.

Atari Invaders is a graphical hack of the game -- it plays exactly the same as the original version -- just having changed game sprites, as the invaders and the Command Alien Ship were made into various Atari 2600 persona, as the player's laser base was changed to the player's ship from the 2600 game Asteroids, the bunkers are the Atari "fuji" symbol (plus players can shoot through the gaps in them), the row one invaders are robots from Berzerk, the row two invaders is Pac-Man, row three invaders is a player from Football, row six is a ghost from Pac-Man and the Command Alien Ship is a plane from Combat.

Game variationsEdit

  • Moving Shields--Barriers move back and forth
  • Zigzagging Laser Bombs--Invaders' shots zigzag back and forth towards the ground
  • Fast Laser Bombs--Invaders Bombs drop quickly
  • Invisible Invaders--Invaders are invisible unless one (or the Plane) is shot, which they then briefly reappear
  • Large Player--flipping a difficulty switch on the 2600 console to the A position makes players' ships larger

Game variations, player setupEdit

There are two player alternating variations, along with variations to not only have both players onscreen at once, but there are also several competing variations as well, such as ones where if one player gets hit by invader fire, the other player is awarded 200 points. Others include alternating shots where if one player takes too long to fire from their ship then it will automatically shoot.

Other variations include ones where one player controls one ship, along with one player can only move it to the right, while the other player can only move it to the left. Other variations allow one movement and one shot per player, then the other player gets to do the same, and others have one player move the ship while the other player fires.

ScoringEdit

  • Row one invader--5 points
  • Row two invader--10 points
  • Row three invader--15 points
  • Row four invader--20 points
  • Row five invader--25 points
  • Row six invader--30 points
  • Plane--200 points, or 100 points in certain game variations
  • Other player's ship hit--200 points awarded to other player on certain competitive game variations

ControlsEdit

  • Move ship--joystick left and right
  • Fire--button

TriviaEdit

The original game came with several label variations, which are known as Picture, Text, Red, and Silver labels. This version comes as a ROM file only to be played on Atari emulators or flashcarts.

LinksEdit

Atari Invaders Atari Age page

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