Thanks to Blinddog’s excellent post about his 1977 Guided Missile arcade game by Midway a personal mystery was solved. He just so happened to mention another Midway machine that was entitled “Invaders from Outer Space”. Reading that in his post I felt all of those rusty and worn gears in my head start to turn as I willed my fingers to type in that name in the Google search bar faster…and just like that…I was reunited with a much remembered arcade game that I played 37 years ago.
I was only able to play Invaders from Outer Space once and it wasn’t at a local arcade but in the foyer to our local Wal-Mart. I was probably about five years old and my Father had to hold me up so I could play the game, now back then I couldn’t have known that you can steer the missile on it’s way down to strike the aliens that would pop up behind a futuristic city scape. All I know is that I lucked out and actually landed a missile on an alien which resulted in a high-pitched shriek from the machine, it certainly startled me but it made my Father almost drop me it was so unexpected. It would seem that particular cabinet had the volume turned all the way up because even the cashiers and customers who were near the front door stopped in their tracks and looked our way. The very next week Invaders from Outer Space was no longer in the foyer and I’m positive that the store manager was on the phone with their distributor to get that shrieking banshee out of Wal-Mart as quickly as possible.
Now in this video uploaded by Gary McT you won’t have to worry about the sound blowing your speakers or dropping a child you might be holding as you read this…unless you crank it up that is.
A big thanks to Vintage Vending for the photo of their restored cabinet as well as the Flyers for the arcade game, but I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Blinddog of course for giving me the answer to a personal arcade mystery.