Space Invaders

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Playtech has accustomed us to slots based on various successful entertainment brands such as Little Britain and The Mummy from where the developer has drawn several of its recent success. This time, Playtech delves in the universe of early video games and is taking on a classic of the 70s and 80s. The slot Space Invaders is indeed a spot-on adaptation of the legendary and pioneering arcade game that actually helped forge the way for the complex computer games we play today.

Space Invaders by Playtech

Space Invaders by Playtech

Space Invaders is declined here in a superb video slot with 5 reels and 10 pay lines with tons of animated graphics and audio that will allow millennials to discover the elements and the reasons why this title was so successful for older generations. For the arcade and vintage computer nostalgic, Space Invaders is a beautiful journey back in time, with, as a bonus, the possibility of pocketing very interesting wins.

A slot title in the spirit of the original game

Created in 1978 by the celebrated Japanese game developer Tomohiro Nishikado, Space Invaders is based on the theme of world invasion by extraterrestrials. Anyone who’s older than 35 probably remembers the huge pixels of the original console and those infamous colourful little creatures that we had to shoot with a laser beam. The Playtech version faithfully adhered to the theme, but also all the elements that make up its graphic environment: flying saucers, aliens, planets, space monsters, etc. Overall, the spirit of this vintage game is well replicated and keeps its pixelated appearance. The same ca be said of the sound animations that are very much in the style of the original Space Invaders. Last but not least, the console itself is also copied for the classic title.

Classic 80s Arcade Symbols

Space Invaders symbols are a mix of graphics inspired by images used for promotional purposes and 3 of the game’s original pixelated space creatures. From lower to higher paying symbols, players will discover blue, green and purple pixelated creatures, a blue laser gun, a green flying saucer, a purple giant monster and an orange planet, the latter being the title’s highest valued base game symbole with 150 coins for lining 5 of them on a payline.

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Bets on this slot machine

On Playtech’s Space Invaders slot, bets start at £0.01 and go up to £20 on each payline. This offers a very wide range of bets ranging from 10 pence to £200 per spin. Note that the number of paylines, which is 10, is unchangeable.

Space Invaders Special Features

Laser Gun

If in its overall structure Space Invaders looks quite similar to other video slots, you will soon find that the game is quite unique in style. This is already noticeable by the presence of the laser gun at the bottom of the screen. This laser travels back and forth along the bottom of the screen during each spin and is activated only when it stops under the reels 2 and 4 at the end of a spin. It then launches a burst of laser that destroys low value symbols (click on the “Info” button of the game for more details) and replaces them with a Wild symbol. This allows the player to create winning combinations, but also to double earnings at the same time.

UFO Wild

A special feature called UFO Wild is also triggered when the laser gun and the small pink extraterrestrial craft that flies over the game from time to time are lined up on the same reel. The gun will then shoot at the ship, triggering a free spin with up to 9 wild symbols that appear randomly on the game. You then have every chance of winning very high winnings with the possibility of a win of several hundred times your initial bet.

Verdict

The slot Space Invaders is an opportunity for newcomers to discover a game that pioneering in its day and will permit older gamers to revisit an  their youth. The game’s rather simple gameplay combined with the laser gun action allows the player to enjoy the essence of 70s computer gaming. A title well worth the try.

 

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What is the top jackpot of this slot?

The top base game jackpot at Space Invaders is 150X your wager. For this, the player must land 5 Orange Planets across an active payline.

What are the special features of this slot?

Space Invaders special features include 2 wilds, free spins and a turbo function.

What’s the payout percentage of this slot?

The payout % of Space Invaders is slightly over 96%

How many paylines and reels does this slot have?

Space Invaders is played across 5 reels and 10 paylines.

Where can I play this slot?

Space Invaders is a Playtech slot which is available at William Hill Casino.