Space Invaders Collection Pack
Review by Dave Giarrusso
thump, thump, thump…
You KNOW that
sound. It’s the sound of
approaching doom. It’s the
sound of terror from above. It’s
the sound of… Space Invaders,
a game that is without a doubt, one of the most influential videogames
So much has been
written about Space Invaders that to try and come up with something new to
say about it is almost impossible. You’ve heard all the stories before. Coffee shops turned into Space Invaders arcades, quite
literally, overnight. Home
versions or knockoffs of Space Invaders have appeared on every console
since the dawn of time. A
former NYC arcade had ten Space Invaders machines hanging, upside down,
from its ceiling. And perhaps most recently, the Fox television show Futurama
devoted and entire segment to videogames, capped off with a fantastic nod
to Space Invaders.
If everything’s already been said about Space Invaders, then what’s
all this stuff? Much ado about nothing?
Or is there something new to discuss after all?
Mello, our good friend from Brazil, has put together a brand spankin’
new ColecoVision cartridge: Space
Invaders Collection Pack. It
includes pixel for pixel perfect renditions of the original Space Invaders
AND Space Invaders Part II! At
long last you really can, for the first time ever, recreate the
honest-to-goodness arcade game experience on your ColecoVision.
AND you can even choose between black and white or full color
versions of Space Invaders. Nice.
The games on this
cart look exactly the same as the original arcade games.
They sound a teeny, tiny bit different, but…hey.
They play exactly the same as the originals.
They contain the same intermissions, the same tricks, and the same
Check out these
screenshots. Eduardo has
replaced the familiar “C O L E C O V I S I O N” startup message with a
wonderful animated, multicolored ColecoVision logo, and a beautifully
rendered Space Invaders bonus ship that flies by overhead. Look at the
side by side comparison of Eduardo’s ColecoVision version and the arcade
version. Aside from the obvious (and unavoidable) differences in the
screen aspect ratios, Eduardo’s version is spot on, right down to the
colors. Sure, he had to shorten “score” to “sc” in order to make
it fit the horizontal screen on your TV, but you simply couldn’t ask for
a better home translation of Space Invaders on a classic console.
here’s what you’re gonna want to do.
Write down Eduardo’s e-mail address and set aside some cash.
Because when this game hits the street, you’re simply going to
NEED to buy it. Yes, this
cartridge IS that good. If
you were impressed when the emulated version of Space Invaders was
released for the SNES almost ten years ago, then you’re REALLY going to
be impressed when you see that Eduardo was able to recreate the same
games. On. The. ColecoVision. It’s
just outta sight.
Thanks, Eduardo. We’re already anxiously awaiting whatever you might have in store for your next ColecoVision game pack. Game ON.
* game ratings reflect accuracy of
port and the fact that there are TWO complete arcade games here
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