Playtech’s Space Invaders harkens back to the good ol’ days of retro arcades, greasy arcade sticks and loose change. We review their take on the classic video game and if it made the transition to the pokies format successfully.
Where to play Space Invaders pokies game
How to play Space Invaders
Powered by 5 reels and 10 paylines, it’s based on the original arcade video game of the same name, and can be played for as low at $0.10 per spin. With a unique Wilds feature and UFO re-spin feature, it offers frequent and exciting ways to win, even though it is low on additional bonus rounds.
Space Invaders pokies can be played on desktop, mobile and tablet devices from as little at $0.10, up to $100 per spin for players with a higher bankroll. The original video game, produced by Taito, was a cultural phenomenon, so it’s no surprise that it’s eventually made the transition to online slot. It blends retro-style pixelated graphics with an eerie, sci-fi backing soundtrack,
The base game is designed much like an original arcade machine, with a CRT television display and coloured buttons mimicking the old arcade cabinets. Select your line by pressing either the plus or minus sign, and then press the pink “Spin” button to get things going. The “Turbo” mode, frequently used in Playtech’s games, offers a faster experience if you like to stop the reels mid-spin.
The betting options for Space Invaders are as follows:
- Minimum bet per spin – $0.10
- Maximum bet per spin – $100
- Scatter – No
- Wild – Yes
- Bonus rounds – No
- Free spins – Yes (1 free re-spin)
- Jackpot – 150 coins
Audio and Graphics
Space Invaders is a bit hit and miss in this area. Playtech really could have taken adventure of it and blended modern visuals, sounds and animations with a retro theme, but the whole design comes out looking a little tired and slow. It’s fitting considering the source material, which is understandable, but next to, say, an Age Of The Gods slot, Space Invaders can be a little on the simplistic side.
Things get somewhat exciting when you initiate the re-spin, but outside of that there’s not much to get excited about. That said, Playtech has to be applauded for honouring the Space Invaders name, with a suitably retro look and feel, even if it is lacking in the excitement stakes.
Space Invaders gameplay and bonus features
Space Invaders benefits from allowing players to win both ways. The reels feature pixelated aliens, spaceships, flying saucers, monsters and planets, and lining these up can lead to big wins, especially when combined across the reels and when you add Wilds into play. Symbols can appear stacked as well, with the highest value symbol of the bunch being the planet, which can potentially reward you with 150x times your initial line stake.
Let’s take a look at Space Invaders’ bonus features.
Wild: At the bottom of the reels is a little pixelated space ship. If it stops on reels 2 or 4 after a spin, it will shoot any low-value symbols and replace it with wild, if there is a potential win lined up. If you do get a win, it’s doubled.
UFO Wild: If the ship and the UFO symbol align on any of the reels, this will trigger the free re-spin. The free spin can add up to nine wilds, which can lead to huge wins. You can also line up additional re-spins by matching up the UFO with the ship on subsequent re-spins.
Where to play Space Invaders
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The Final Verdict
Space Invaders is lacking in modes, and its overly-retro theme can be a little on the drab side, but there’s some potential here. Both the random Wild win on reels 2 and 4 can lead to big wins, especially if you get more than one, and if there’s more than one win across the reels.
The UFO Wild re-spin can lead into free spins, as I managed to get four in a row and win close to 400x my stake. This seems to be rare, though, but it’s obviously possible. The lack of additional bonus modes is a downer, but the moving space ships and doubled stake on additional Wilds makes it worth a look.