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Return of the Invaders


Return of the Invaders (c) 09/1985 Taito.


A full colour update of the legendary original; featuring challenge stages and circling aliens. Return of the Invaders, while playable enough in its own right, would be vastly improved upon by its sequel, "Super Space Invaders '91", released five years' later.


- TECHNICAL -


Board Number : M4300029A

Prom Stickers : A37


Main CPU : (3x) Z80, M68705

Sound Chips : (2x) SN76496


Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 224 x 288 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 256


Players : 2

Control : 2-way joystick

Buttons : 1


- TRIVIA -


The development name of the game was "Space Invaders Part 3". Return of The Invaders was developed by UPL for Taito. For a small softco like UPL, working on the Space Invaders franchise was a great opportunity to gain notoriety within the videogame industry. Unfortunately, Taito neglected to mention UPL in the finished game.


- UPDATES -


Bootlegs version has no M68705 @ 3.072 Mhz :-)


- SERIES -


1. Space Invaders (1978)

2. Space Invaders Deluxe (1979)

3. Return of the Invaders (1985)

4. Majestic Twelve - The Space Invaders Part IV (1990)

5. Space Invaders DX (1994)

6. Space Invaders '95 - The Attack of Lunar Loonies (1995)

7. Space Invaders Virtual Collection (1995, Nintendo Virtual Boy)

8. Space Invaders Anniversary (2003)

9. Space Invaders Evolution (2005, Sony PSP)

10. Space Invaders Revolution (2005, Nintendo DS)


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Sony PSP (2005, "Space Invaders Pocket") - Japanese release

Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)

Microsoft XBOX (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2007, "Taito Memories II Vol. 1") (Japan only)


* Computers :

PC [MS Windows] (2005, "Taito Legends") (US & Europe)


- SOURCES -


http://www.uplcoltd.com/upl10.html