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.

Design team

Game Design: Jim Patla
Software: Rehman Merchant
Artwork: Paul Faris

Game details

Bally Manufacturing Co.
April 1980
Solid state
11,400 produced
$2500 - $2900
Wide body


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Price history

Price estimate

This game has been listed a total number of 125 times on the Pinside Marketplace, most recently on 2023-10-24.

This past year, we've seen it listed 21 times. The median asking price (trimmed median) was $2,700

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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 111 approved Pinsider ratings and currently has a rating of 6.999 out of 10.


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #254 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Rating comments

There are 65 rating comments for this game.

Owners / Wishlisters / Places to play

398 Pinsiders have this game in their collections.

248 Pinsiders have this game on their wishlist.

57 public locations to play this machine.

Market value

There is currently 1 ad (related to this game) on the Pinside Market place.

3,000 (OBO)
Machine - For Sale
Massapequa, NY

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