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Space Invaders Clones

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Thu May 23, 2013 12:31 pm

We're doing a piece on Space Invaders, looking at its cultural and gaming impact. Can anyone recommend some unofficial clones for 8-bit computers that they'd like to see featured.
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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by markopoloman » Thu May 23, 2013 12:40 pm

Invade-a-load on was a great version of space invaders! Good old Mastertronic :D
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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by The Beans » Thu May 23, 2013 12:52 pm

Artic did awesome clones on the Speccy. I'm assuming they're clones. It was a long time ago. They definitely did Space Invaders because it was one of the first games I ever got. When I say "got" I mean "on a C90". They did a really good Battle Zone clone too.

The best Space Invaders on the speccy is tucked away in Pyjamarama.
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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by clarance » Thu May 23, 2013 12:58 pm

Mr Wobbly Legs versus The Invaders From Space on the Amiga.
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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by Doddsy » Thu May 23, 2013 1:08 pm

The Beans wrote:The best Space Invaders on the speccy is tucked away in Pyjamarama.
If I recall that's Herbert's Dummy Run where you have to shoot the Daleks.

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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by Joey » Thu May 23, 2013 1:10 pm

markopoloman wrote:Invade-a-load on was a great version of space invaders! Good old Mastertronic :D
Ha thanks for reminding me of that! :)
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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by The Beans » Thu May 23, 2013 1:15 pm

Doddsy wrote:
The Beans wrote:The best Space Invaders on the speccy is tucked away in Pyjamarama.
If I recall that's Herbert's Dummy Run where you have to shoot the Daleks.
Think it's actually in Everyone's A Wally. My how the memory plays tricks. :lol:

Anyway, there's a good playable version of Space Invaders in one of the Wally games. Or I dreamt it. :D
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Thu May 23, 2013 1:16 pm

There's a couple on the Oric.

IJK released one that I bought on the basis that most of their output was fairly polished:
http://www.oric.org/software/invaders-486.html

In the same year, Arcadia released another clone, though I can't say I've given it much time after pigging out on the IJK offering:
http://www.oric.org/software/invaders-1170.html

Also of note is one that many of us will no doubt have played, the type in from the '60 Programs for your...' series of books that covered a range of platforms. Natch, I'm linking to the Oric version that I'm familiar with:
http://www.oric.org/software/invaders-1800.html
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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by joefish » Thu May 23, 2013 1:21 pm

The obvious Space Invaders clone is Galaxian. And treading on its toes is the highly enjoyable Cosmo Gang: The Video, which has lovely touches like your ship squeezing sideways if you push it up against the edge of the playing area.

Least obvious is probably the multi-format 'game' that is Weetabix Versus the Titchies.

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Post by The Beans » Thu May 23, 2013 1:25 pm

joefish wrote:The obvious Space Invaders clone is Galaxian. And treading on its toes is the highly enjoyable Cosmo Gang: The Video, which has lovely touches like your ship squeezing sideways if you push it up against the edge of the playing area.
How is Galaxian a clone of Space Invaders?
Galxian is a game in its own right.
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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by The Laird » Thu May 23, 2013 1:29 pm

It's not on an 8-bit computer but Ace Invaders on the Atari ST is great.

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Also worth mentioning for 8-bit consoles are:

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Space Armada - Mattel Intellivision

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Alien Invaders - Emersion Arcadia 2001

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More Invaders - MB Vectrex

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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by Matt_B » Thu May 23, 2013 1:50 pm

Psion's Space Raiders, Quicksilva's Space Intruders and Bug Byte's Spectral Invaders are the canonical three for the Spectrum. They were all amongst the earliest games made for the machine and one of them might even have been the very first, although nobody seems to be sure which. If I had to pick just one it'd be Space Raiders though.

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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by paranoid marvin » Thu May 23, 2013 2:58 pm

Pepsi Invaders for atari 2600

Also there were lots of fun variants of the game on the official Space Invaders cart for the 2600. Invisible invaders is fun, although the one were one player controls 'move left' and the other 'move right' (either player can fire) can lead to some interesting battles.
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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by RUOK » Thu May 23, 2013 3:52 pm

I'm sure Retro Gamer already ran a massive feature on Space Invaders a while ago with a whole load of clones?

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Re: Space Invaders Clones

Post by necronom » Thu May 23, 2013 3:56 pm

Avenger by Commodore for the Vic-20 and C64. A very good clone on both machines:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_78_RGmi_dc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcv9j7r435k

Space Intruders (as it appears to be called by a comment on the page) for the PET:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNAS-fJpKaE
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