Arcade is still fun to play nowadays, even more with such interesting ideas!
Invasion Commander: Reversed Invaders
You command the invasion fleet!
You control the invaders!
You can dodge, fire, fool AI cannon on the ground, and your ultimate goal is to land on Earth!
This game is a tribute to the arcade classic 'Space Invaders', but in this "reversed" version, you actually ARE the invaders!
The invasion fleet will have a default movement and fire pattern like in original "Space Invaders" game. For example, the invaders' speed increases when there remain only few invaders.
- To force your move to left or right, press LEFT or RIGHT cursor keys.
- To fire extra missiles (and even BIG missiles), press X key.
These actions have a cost. You will need energy to perform them.
On the top of the screen, you can see your energy bar. Any forced move or fire will consume some energy. But don't worry! If you release the keys the invaders will resume their default move and action.
Strategy : Use wisely your dodging abilities and try not to waste your fire power!
If you manage to neutralize the ground cannon, you'll get an extra bonus!
Any successful landing will also give you some extra points, and even more if you land on the ground with a significant number of invaders.
Can you invade the Earth?
Highscores and stats
Here are my best scores and some statistics. Can you beat my highscore ? :)
Tech data / From a technical point of view
This game was made with the wonderful Pico-8 engine.
In this pico-8 cartridge you will find a particular focus on:
- Data management and optimization : how to use alternate/additional space on cartridge to draw background landscape without using sprites.
- 3D text with line function primitives
- Explosions and smoke animations (and moon highlight !)
- Image-To-Pico8 is an image-processing tool with code examples, to help game makers & developers to store large images without using all available space on your Pico-8 cartridge!
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Presskit ? Want to show this game ?
Want to share/write/stream something about this game?
Thanks a lot! That's very kind of you!!
-- [ This presskit ] contains GIFs, resources and will be much helpful for your stream decoration, background or thumbnails!
You can download it for free!
- file: presskit-resources-invasion-commander-reversed-invaders.zip
- Note: I came up with this idea originally in 2013. But it was only in 2020 that I completed it, in the form of a finished game.
Who's making this game ?
Feedback ? Suggestions ?
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All hail the cute flying jellyfish army! ┌ ° ° ┐
Excellent job, the sound and music design is especially good. !
Cool little game ! :)
I really love things being done with PICO-8 !
Nice concept~ I've always wanted to be the bad guy 😈
Pretty fun once you figure out everything! Made some suggestions toward the end of the video, hope you enjoy!
Nice score for a first try! ;)
Thanks for your comments, about different palette colors,
and adding diversity (yes it's in Galaga or Galaxian, not in original space invaders but thank you anyway!)
Thanks a lot for your shout out about my other games as well!
Keep up! :)
PS: Sorry for Jerry. 😔
Made a video
Wow! Thanks for your time! Glad you liked it!
Maybe it will be a little easier if you save a little energy (that is, if don't mash the fire button!) :)
The basic idea is good!
I found the AI a bit too smart - there is no difficulty ramp up as far as I can tell.
Note that you used an old version of Pico 8 - recent 0.2 version has a much better web export.
Thanks! I tried to adapt the difficulty but sometimes it's too easy or too hard... I'll try to find a workaround.
Thanks for the tip about Pico 8 export!
this is a really fun idea