‘Space Invaders Forever’ – The Legend Comes Home to PS4 and Switch

Space Invaders is one of the most beloved and successful video game franchises of all time. First released as an arcade game in 1978 from Japanese powerhouse TAITO, the game quickly took off and helped play a major role in developing the booming video game industry that we have today. Imitators and clones have followed over the years, but Space Invaders forever remains king.

On December 11, 2020, the legend returns with the release of Space Invaders Forever from TAITO and ININ Games. The collection includes three games – Space Invaders ExtremeSpace Invaders Gigimax 4 SE, and Arkanoid vs Space Invaders – and will be available in both physical and digital editions for PS4 and Nintendo Switch

While the original Space Invaders was released well before my time, it was still an arcade game I played frequently. Pizza Mart, a long-closed pizza spot that I used to go to all the time as a kid growing up in Phoenix, had a handful of arcade games in their lobby. These games included a Space Invaders cabinet that had to have been an original from 1976. It was beaten to death and ate my quarters more often than not, but on the rare occasion it worked I would play the hell out of it. And even though I knew I would most likely lose my money trying to play, I would always give it a go at least once because the game was that much fun.

In addition to the old janky arcade version at Pizza Mart, I also played Space Invaders on its various console editions back in my youth. But it’s been years since I’ve last taken the epic journey to space. And as such, I am eagerly anticipating this release.

Space Invaders Extreme – Featuring greatly improved graphics and interactive sound to deliver a new immersive experience! Packed with vibrant visuals and a pulsing soundtrack, Space Invaders Extreme comes with 16 stages, packed with devious Invaders and fiendish boss fights. Practice individual stages in Free Play, then boost your high score to new heights in Arcade Mode! Can you find all the countless, hidden bonuses?

Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE – Team up with up to 3 friends to shoot down the Invaders to clear the stages as fast as possible. This brand new 4-player-coop-experience offers new stages, gimmicks, and new music written by TAITO’s in-house sound team ‘ZUNTATA’.

Arkanoid vs Space Invaders – The perfect union of two Arcade Kings. Two of TAITO’s most iconic and beloved video game series clash on console and combine elements from both arcade classics. Players are controlling the Arkanoid Vaus paddle ship to defeat waves of Space Invaders. Beat all 150 stages with your skills and unlock 40 different characters from the TAITO legacy. Each character has unique abilities – use more than 20 different skills, including power-ups and protective fire. Are you ready to defeat the huge 3D Invader bosses and save the galaxy?

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