Another in my series of articles on iconic retro games and their shirts, today it is the turn of probably the successful game of all. Space Invaders
Space Invaders is probably the most iconic of games, even more so than games like Pong and PAC-Man.
The gameplay is simple enough like most of the most successful games. Involving your ship shooting at waves of space ships are moving down.
Space Invaders was developed by Tomohiro Nishikado was released in 1978. It has spawned numerous sequels and been released on a number of different gaming platforms.
Space Invaders lives on as an online game and a popular download as a mobile phone game.
The pixelated enemy is an iconic image from the classic game and is recognised by millions around the world.
Interesting Facts about Space Invaders
The game was so popular in Japan, it led to a shortage of 100 yen coins.
In 2008, to celebrate the games 30th anniversary Space Invaders Get Even was released by Nintendo where players take control of the invading aliens instead of the laser canon.
In 2007, the Guinness Book of Records named Space Invaders as the top ranked game in the world.
The pixelated alien from the game was actually modeled on former US president Ronald Reagan, on both his facial expressions and the way he moves. (This last fact is actually a lie but just making sure you are paying attention.)
Now there are a lot of great space invader t shirts on sale. It is probably the game that has been most widely utilised by mainstream high street retailers. Two of my favorite designs are shown below; the first is the Space Invaders shirt with a classic image of the game. The second is not the classic pixelated alien t shirt but is the Space Invaders Flag shirt. A great shirt with an excellent twist on the Space Invaders game.