Space Invaders

Space Invaders

In 1980, Bally released a pinball version of the original 1978 Video game of the same name becoming the first pinball to be based on a video game. Bally's video game division, Midway, had licensed Space Invaders from Taito in Japan, and decided to capitalize on the machine's incredible success by using it as a theme for a pinball. However, few elements from the original game, except for the sounds and front case artwork, were included in the pinball game. The artwork instead resembled the xenomorphs from the 1979 film "Alien". Bally was sued over the game's artwork resemblance to designs by H. R. Giger. In fact, they ended up stopping production of the game early due to pending lawsuits, although 11,400 machines were still produced. A settlement was reached with Fox studios where royalties were paid to the studio for each pinball machine sold and Fox was also given approximately 3 machines to use for the promotion of the sequel to Alien, named "Aliens".

This machine was one of only 5 "widebodies" released for production by Bally.

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Design team

Game Design: Jim Patla
Artwork: Paul Faris

Game details

Bally Manufacturing Co.
April 1980
Solid state
11,400 produced
$1850 - $2150
Wide body


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Marketing slogan

"The Invasion is about to begin. The entire pinball world will be affected. There is no escape!"

Pinside rating

This game has received 100 approved Pinsider ratings and currently has a rating of 7.106 out of 10.


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #255 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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4,950 (OBO)
Machine - For Sale
Northfield, MN

Price estimate

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