With Alien prequel Prometheus nearing its release, Retro Gamer looks back at some of its favourite videogame aliens, both friendly and hostile.
The regimented and orderly Space Invaders are the most recognisable aliens in gaming, having appeared on everything from footwear to shower curtains.
As well helping grow the games industry with its success and popularity, Taito’s seminal shooter holds the honour of being the first ‘killer-app’ when the game was licensed by Atari for release on its 2600 and sales of the console soared. Yet despite being famous around the world, little is known about the humble Space Invader, but here’s what we’ve managed to glean…
Clearly a hostile race, that they move in fomration means they probably have a collective consciousness, and becoming more aggressive as their numbers are gradually whittled down says to us that they’re an intelligent race too. They’re also determined, never backing down from a fight even when one solitary alien is all that remains of their assault. Actually, we guess that last point could just mean they’re really, really stupid. In which case that goes completely against our earlier point about them being intelligent. Now we’re confused. Erm… have we mentioned they move in unison?