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Space Invaders

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This game received 92 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.018 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #267 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.507

Artwork: 8.817

Sounds/Music: 5.984

Other Aspects: 6.793

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6 months ago
That clone chamber sound is absolutely killer!
1 year ago
One of the best back glasses in pinball.

Wide AND slow.
There is really nothing to do with this pin.
All of that wide open space.

This playfield layout is kinda similar to Silverball Mania--also has great art and easily outgrown lastability.

I hate the double flippers.
1 year ago
This game is a massive wide body. And I think because of that and the fact its an older heavier game, it makes nudging a bit more difficult... At least for me... Really two ways to get big points on this game. Either hitting the captive ball over and over again. Or the horseshoe in the center.
I'm not a great player of this game. But, I have gotten a replay on this game fairly often despite not really playing it too much... I do like the sound effects. I like the theme... Both the space invaders and alien concept. I think its cool to shoot ufos... Just wish that it was handled better... But, really the tech was just not there yet. So they did the best they could. The backglass is one of the best ever I think. Love the art and the lights. Cab art is really cool, playfield art is cool as well, just the playfield is more alien the movie and less space invaders video game.
Is this game the best game ever... No... I get bored easy with it. But, while I probably wouldn't want to own one(even though it looks amazing) I wouldn't mind playing one from time to time. I just think you play 2-6 games that's really all you need for awhile.
1 year ago
Owned one for years. While the artwork is awesome, this widebody is a bit boring to play. When next to Black Knight and Xenon it got one play from non pin people while the others were played multiple times.
1 year ago
Art is amazing, game is big and not so good.
1 year ago
A space invaders pinball? Really?! My thoughts when this came around in the early 80s. I think it was this game that made me a realize the floor space dedicated to pinball was doomed to be overtaken by video games if this was the best they could do to stay relevant. Cool back glass doesn’t make up for lame play field and slow boring play. Not the best moment in a challenging era for pinball.
2 years ago
This is one you own based on artwork which is excellent. Backglass still one of the best. That’s where the the best part of this machine ends. Because of the looks and space invader sound it’s fun to play a couple of times and that’s it. Slow plodding play. Could have been so much better considering other games of the time.
3 years ago
I have upgraded LED lighting in my game and it is cool I have lots of fun with this game and it has been dependable I have upgraded boards also !
3 years ago
Best Backglass ever!
3 years ago
Double flippers do not help gameplay but goo looking cab and play field.
3 years ago
another solid pinball with longevity
3 years ago
Without a doubt the evilest pinball art package ever made, and it undeniable the power the infinity frame possess. The widebody really works to give a true outer space feel to the gameplay. Single ball play, and at times can be very unforgiving, when the drains eat the balls. The 4 flippers make for unique control over your shots. For me this combo makes this one of the best machines from this era.
4 years ago
I have played this game more often and I have increased my opinion of it. Still there is something a little off, but I enjoy it more now and have a better idea of a strategy. It is still a little clunky and the flow is not there.
4 years ago
My first impression was: "That is one WIDE widebody!" I almost felt like I was playing Hercules again - and I love a good widebody. The backglass was interesting and so I was sure that the game had to worth all the effort to make a widebody with "infinity" lights in the backglass.

Unfortunately, the designers made the body so wide that the playfield couldn't keep up (it seems about 65% populated). The 4 flippers set up on the drain side seemed pointless (yes, there is a shot that seems only achievable by the right 2" flipper, but the ball barely got up far enough most of the time to make that worth it).

I'd look at this machine and grab it to see how wide it really is, then I'd walk away.
4 years ago
If I could only keep one of my games, this would probably be it. Great artwork, great set up and playfield. I love the widebody feel. It makes it seem like a much more solid game. I never get tired of looking at this machine.
4 years ago
First pin I ever purchased - way back in the early 90s for my mom! :)
5 years ago
One of the coolest and most evil looking games ever made along with Centaur and Fathom. A game that looks and sounds this good just has to be fun! So, as a kid many years ago, I was throwing coin after coin into the machine hoping for the fun factor. I wanted to like this game but always left somewhat disappointed since this machine never delivered. Poor layout and poor flow just ruin a game that could have been one of the best. Still a very nice game to look at if you have the room.
5 years ago
My favourite!
5 years ago
Space Invaders is a very cool game, and is fun for a moderate amount of time. But its rule set is pretty shallow, with the only real large goal to be to ramp up the cool-factor, getting the lights and background music to maximal speed by advancing a handful of features.

So its a great pin to have in a large collection due to its cool factor (heavily due to the artwork, lighting, and sound), but not great to have in a small collection (due to its shallowness).
5 years ago
Good wide body release, I quite liked Space Invaders when I got to play it but I don't think it would have a huge amount of last-ability in a collection.
5 years ago
I think this machine has coasted off the success of it's backglass and artwork. I found the game to be quite boring. And, some of the shots are barely accessible (captive ball and far right drop target).
5 years ago
Slow game, not a whole lot of fun. Art is good, but is a blatant rip-off of H.R. Giger's Xenomorphs, used without his permission. Yes, Bally was sued for this. Regardless, the layout isn't all that unique, not a whole lot to shoot for, and plays a bit pokey being a wide-body. Cashing in on the Alien craze of the time, and that is about it. Not a fan.
6 years ago
A classic game from another era. Excellent for what it was at the time it was developed. Not up to par with current offerings. This is one to keep for history!
6 years ago
This game is all about the artwork. Interesting backglass with a mirrored effect and cycling lights, interesting cabinet artwork, and intricate giger-esque playfield artwork.

Unfortunately, the gameplay is lacking.

There is a lot of wide open space and limited targets. The rules are shallow and unclear, and the main object is to achieve points, rather than complete objectives.

Sound is typical of the games from this era, although the thumping bass background sound is unique and easily identifiable.
6 years ago
The wide body sure does attact the eye, and the theme... I grew up playing Space Invaders on the computer and it was a cool throwback. The layout is unique because of the size and the four flippers (two full-size, two smaller) makes it tough. I wouldn't want one in my collection, but it's always worthy of a coin drop if I see it available to play.
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