This is the seventh installment of our Toy Spotlight of the Week series. Within this series we showcase one of our favorite toys we added to our store for that week. If you missed last weeks post you can check it out here.
Released in 1978, Space Invaders grew to be very successful and helped transform the video game industry from a novelty to a global industry. For those that aren’t familiar with basics of the game, it’s a two-dimensional fixed shooter where the player shoots from a laser cannon at descending aliens. Your goal is to stop the aliens from invading your territory. If you let them reach the bottom of the screen their invasion is successful. The player must also dodge their laser fire. You are given various defense bunkers to hide in, but they can be destroyed if shot at long enough by the aliens. The higher your score gets, the faster the aliens descend toward you. Sounds like fun right ?
This Toy Spotlight of the Week feature is a tabletop Space Invaders arcade game which was released by Excalibur Electronics. The tabletop arcade gameplay is a exact duplicate of the original Space Invaders.
You may or may not know, but way back in the 80’s a company named Coleco released the same tabletop style handhelds based on some of the most popular Arcade games ever created. Some of the titles they released for their tabletop platform were: Pac-man, Frogger, and Talking Pinball. Years later, Excalibur Electronics decided to release something similar for the Space Invaders game. Staying true to the original arcade game, the controls are super simple, you get a directional joystick, on/off, mute, pause, and start/fire buttons. This is your typical arcade style set up minus the on/off and mute buttons.
Detailing on the device is simple yet effective. The decals feature a updated Space Invaders logo with little alien characters all around it. The screen has some colorful elements to it along with a backlit feature for those nights you spend up late playing in the dark. The backlit screen is a very nice touch since playing this game can get pretty addictive. There’s no doubt you’ll be spending late nights trying to beat your high score. Don’t believe us ? Ask the Hulk.
The Excalibur Electronics Space Invaders tabletop arcade game is a great piece to have especially if your a huge Space Invaders fan or collector. You can relive your arcade experience without spending the extra quarters to keep replaying.
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