Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
This game is a coin-op conversion of the follow-up to one of the most successful video games in history — Space Invaders!.
Shoot up waves of marauding Invaders, collect extra weapons and save cattle from mutilation!
The Invaders are coming! The Invaders are coming! Arghhhh! Using all of the advanced technology open to them, those evil, twisted aliens have returned to Earth and are planning to take it over for their own depraved hordes!
It's YOUR job to do the best you can to repel the xenomorph legions, so pausing only to jump into your mobile death wagon, you vow to destroy every single alien ship that dares darken the Earth's skies. Making things easier is the vast range of extra weaponry open to you.
But be warned! The Invaders have learned a lot about their last defeat over 15 years ago and have adapted their technology, but more importantly, their tactics — making them the most dangerous beings in the galaxy!
Well-read UFOlogists may have heard about the bizarre cattle mutilations apparently carried out by extra-terrestrial beings. This manifests itself in the game, where you have to destroy flying saucers bent on abducting a herd of cows! Blow them away before your bovine chums are kidnapped for a nice bonus.
Really good blasts are in short supply on the Game Gear, so the fact that Super Space Invaders is a) a jolly decent blast, b) is tough enough to keep shoot 'em up fans happy for weeks and c) has great graphics and sounds is more than enough for me to recommend that you rush out and buy it.
I know that the concept is literally decades old, but I still found Super Space Invaders enormous fun. It's virtually the same as the fabulous Master System version, packing in hours of simple, yet highly addictive fun. Although there's not much variety in the gameplay, you'll keep coming back to Super Space Invaders simply because it's an excellent, fun blast — a worthy purchase.