Play classic games online with playR!

Space Invaders

You must have Flash Player 10 installed to play this game! Click here to get Flash Player 10.

The classic arcade shooter Space Invaders was released in Japan in 1978. Designer Tomohiro Nishikado was in charge of planning, graphic design, and programming for the game. The development cycle lasted 18 months for the design phase, and then another six to develop the technology.

Space Invaders Arcade Machine
Space Invaders Arcade Machine

Nishikado was inspired by Breakout and was planned to have tanks, planes, and battleships, but he was not happy with the enemies' movement. He considered making the enemies human, but scrapped that idea since he thought it would be immoral to shoot human beings. After he saw a magazine featuring Star Wars, he decided to use a space theme, and was inspired by the aliens in H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds for the design of his invaders. Space Invaders was originally manufactured by Taito in Japan, and later was licensed to Midway for US release.

The well-known gameplay in Space Invaders is extremely simple: the player controls a small ship that can only move laterally and fires straight up. Several rows of aliens slowly progress toward the ship at the bottom of the screen, and the player has to shoot them all before they reach and destroy the ship. As the game goes on, the enemies get faster and more difficult to hit. Space Invaders is still popular today, with rereleases on numerous consoles since its release. Space Invaders Anniversary was released in 2003, and the game was featured in Taito Legends 2 as Space Invaders '95 and Space Invaders DX. A new remake of the game called Space Invaders Extreme is now available for the PSP and Nintendo DS. A version of Space Invaders was released for the iPhone and iPod Touch on Feb. 27, 2009.

1.guest42261 Day, 14 Hours, 40 Minutes
2.danielrocks122327603 Days, 9 Hours, 15 Minutes
3.guest27231 Day, 15 Hours, 20 Minutes
4.alex cj boyd27176 Days, 8 Hours, 14 Minutes
5.Peter126746 Days, 9 Hours, 12 Minutes
6.alex boyd26256 Days, 10 Hours, 36 Minutes
7.danielrocks122325793 Days, 15 Hours, 23 Minutes
8.alex boyd22636 Days, 10 Hours, 59 Minutes
9.Hypnerd279393 Days, 7 Hours, 32 Minutes
10.FUUNME8444 Days, 14 Hours, 18 Minutes
11.jere8332 Hours, 10 Minutes
12.IamMando7248 Hours, 31 Minutes
13.Caravan eC7176 Days, 6 Hours, 38 Minutes
14.ajani6654 Days, 4 Hours, 58 Minutes
15.Spiderboy095524 Days, 8 Hours, 55 Minutes
16.superpufferyoshi5448 Hours, 37 Minutes
17.guest5164 Days, 10 Hours, 49 Minutes
18.TheRealGH65103 Days, 4 Hours, 4 Minutes
19.guest4754 Days, 8 Hours, 9 Minutes
20.4633 Days, 14 Hours, 16 Minutes
1.guest42261 Day, 14 Hours, 40 Minutes
2.danielrocks122327603 Days, 9 Hours, 15 Minutes
3.guest27231 Day, 15 Hours, 20 Minutes
4.danielrocks122325793 Days, 15 Hours, 23 Minutes
5.Hypnerd279393 Days, 7 Hours, 32 Minutes
6.FUUNME8444 Days, 14 Hours, 18 Minutes
7.jere8332 Hours, 10 Minutes
8.IamMando7248 Hours, 31 Minutes
9.ajani6654 Days, 4 Hours, 58 Minutes
10.Spiderboy095524 Days, 8 Hours, 55 Minutes
11.superpufferyoshi5448 Hours, 37 Minutes
12.guest5164 Days, 10 Hours, 49 Minutes
13.TheRealGH65103 Days, 4 Hours, 4 Minutes
14.guest4754 Days, 8 Hours, 9 Minutes
15.4633 Days, 14 Hours, 16 Minutes
16.danny4159 Hours, 11 Minutes
17.ninjafoot2346 Days, 9 Minutes
18.quinn1622 Days, 12 Hours, 14 Minutes
19.Luke_A_P1554 Days, 9 Hours, 29 Minutes
20.TomAce1532 Days, 10 Hours, 17 Minutes
1.bramz12928148 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 25 Minutes
2.malik66863565 Years, 6 Months, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 3 Minutes
3.albertaker856385 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 28 Minutes
4.albertaker555585 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 25 Minutes
5.guest539374 Years, 1 Week, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 9 Minutes
6.Kinmorn477133 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Hours, 16 Minutes
7.SummerMcLovin472173 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 22 Minutes
8.Lutefist467193 Years, 4 Months, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 9 Minutes
9.sonic458403 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 3 Hours
10.stasi440333 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 51 Minutes
11.guest438273 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 18 Minutes
12.guest437303 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 44 Minutes
13.sonic432403 Years, 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
14.guest431773 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 22 Minutes
15.joe425172 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 7 Minutes
16.albertaker417785 Years, 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 15 Hours, 21 Minutes
17.Mrpalpiteitor416194 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 39 Minutes
18.Kinmorn412631 Month, 2 Weeks, 23 Hours, 2 Minutes
19.Kinmorn379643 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Hours, 35 Minutes
20.chasedabest377353 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 20 Hours, 8 Minutes