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In celebration of its 45th anniversary, the classic arcade game, Space Invaders, makes a thrilling comeback with a new augmented reality (AR) version. The result of a collaboration between Google and Taito, the game is now available for free on Android and iOS platforms.
The New Age of Space Invaders
In an announcement on The Keyword’s blog, the new iteration of the game, “Space Invaders: World Defense,” is introduced as a free-to-play mobile game. The game employs an augmented reality concept, like Pokemon Go and Ingress, where players engage with their real-world environment while battling alien invaders.
The invaders appear on various urban structures like rooftops and buildings or descend from the sky across city landscapes. Players join forces to eradicate these alien invaders from locations across the world.
A Blend of Reality and the Gaming World
According to Taito, the game’s developers, players assume the role of an elite squadron of pilots tasked with defending their territories from alien invasions in this innovative and addictive game format. The game offers missions that span across different dimensions – from augmented reality to the parallel world of the Invaders.
Success in these missions earns players a spot on the high scores list and gives them special bonuses and rewards.
Leveraging ARCore and Geospatial API
Google points out that ARCore powers the game and leverages the Geospatial API to recreate the classic Space Invaders experience with a modern twist. The gameplay adjusts to the local time of day and weather conditions, providing an immersive gaming experience.
Availability of the Game
Space Invaders: World Defense can now be downloaded and enjoyed on Android and iOS devices through the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, respectively. This game’s launch marks a new chapter in the legacy of Space Invaders, adapting its timeless allure to contemporary gaming technologies.