Space Invaders is an arcade classic, and is one of the games that fostered my love for the hobby. For the uninitiated, the game was designed by Taito in Japan and released in 1978. It has players controlling a fighter ship that blasts away at wave after wave of alien invaders, who try to advance down the screen in a structured formation before the player can destroy them all. The game was an instant hit, with players around the world dumping quarters in by the bucketful. It remains a pop-culture icon and is well known by people over the age of 30. Ash Gaming has no doubt released the Space Invaders slot with the goal of cashing in on that nostalgia.
The Space Invaders slot machine is housed in what looks like a retro arcade cabinet featuring old-school looking buttons. The game's symbols include the different aliens from the game, as well as space ships, cannons, a moon, and a walking monster that sharp-eyed old timers may recognise from the artwork that was displayed on the side of original Space Invaders cabinets.
The game only has 10 paylines, but interestingly it pays winning combinations in both directions, i.e. from right to left as well as the standard left to right. On each spin, the game sees the gun ship moving across the screen to line up with a random reel column, and it can shoot low value symbols to turn them wild if it would create a winning combination.
The game's bonus features include random wilds, and a UFO wild feature, which sees the gun hitting the UFO ship which then blasts out a bunch of wild symbols on the reels. The game may bit a bit simplistic in this aspect, but the features do hit frequently enough to keep things from getting stale.
Space Invaders is fun to play and really did put me back into that nostalgic feel. The game has those classic sounds and sights that really make you feel like you're back at an old arcade, taking in the lights and sounds that made up the late 70's and early 80's. If you're the type of punter who enjoys such things, you'll absolutely love Space Invaders. It's a prime example of a quality licensed slot that I like to see.