30 November 2001 | Michael_Pilkington
One of the coolest games for the Atari 2600
Based on the popular arcade game, the Atari 2600 translation of "Space Invaders" was an instant hit and became one of the coolest games for the console next to "Asteroids" and "Missile Command." The game had cool graphics and the controls were perfect. The ship was easy to move and fire. With 112 game options, "Space Invaders" was very challenging for one or two players, so there was never a dull moment.
The object was to shoot down thirty-six alien invaders (as opposed to the arcade version's fifty-five). Your only defenses are three shields (that can also be destroyed, leaving you vulnerable to invaders' fire). As you progress, the invaders start to move very fast, with the very last one at supersonic speed that must be destroyed before it crashes down on the ground, ending the game. Every now and then, a flying saucer will fly across the top of the screen and can be shot down for bonus points.
This game was the reason why people bought Atari 2600 consoles. Although they're both obsolete, you might have some luck at a flea market. If you find them, grab them and relive early 80's gaming history. Stay away from the PC remake and the imitations that followed. My evaluation: 8 out of 10.