Space Invaders (Bally, 1980)

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

416
Bally Manufacturing Co.
April 1980
Solid state
11,400 produced
$1290 - $1510
Wide body
Digital
4
4
0
0
#2252
Unknown


Flyers


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Marketing slogan

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

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Pinside rating

This game has received 84 approved Pinsider ratings and currently has a rating of 7.027 out of 10.

7.027

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #258 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Rating comments

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Owners / Wishlisters / Places to play

278 Pinsiders have this game in their collections.

146 Pinsiders have this game on their wishlist.

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Price estimate

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Recent Pinsider scores

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on Space Invaders
611,450
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246,450
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936,450
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158,400
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389,000
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218,700


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