Ten fun facts about Space Invaders


Fact 1
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.

Fact 2
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.

Fact 3
In designing the game, Nishikado drew inspiration from popular media: Breakout, The War of the Worlds, and Star Wars.


Fact 4
It was one of the forerunners of modern video gaming and helped expand the video game industry from a novelty to a global industry.

Fact 5
When first released, Space Invaders was very successful.

Fact 6
The game has been the inspiration for other video games, re-released on numerous platforms, and led to several sequels.

Fact 7
The 1980 Atari 2600 version quadrupled the system's sales and became the first "killer app" for video game consoles.

Fact 8
Space Invaders has been referenced and parodied in multiple television shows, and been a part of several video game and cultural exhibitions.

Fact 9
The pixelated enemy alien has become a pop culture icon, often used as a synecdoche representing video games as a whole.

Fact 10
Space Invaders is a two-dimensional fixed shooter game in which the player controls a laser cannon by moving it horizontally across the bottom of the screen and firing at descending aliens.


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is an arcade video game developed by Tomohiro Nishikado and released in 1978

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