Chicken Invaders

The first in a series of games that mimic the classic Space Invaders

7.1

770 Votes

  • Category Classics
  • License Free
  • Version 4
  • Size 823.33 kB
  • Works under Windows XP / Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98 / Windows 95
  • Language English
  • Program by Interactionstudios

Chicken Invaders is an addictive and deceptively simple shoot-'em-up from InterAction Studios. The game has been updated at least five times, demonstrating its great popularity. There are also three special episodes available: each named for a holiday period, namely Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. The five games are, in chronological order, Chicken Invaders, Chicken Invaders II: the Next Wave, Chicken Invaders 3: Revenge of the Yolk, Chicken Invaders 4: Ultim2e Omelette and Chicken Invaders 5: Cluck of the Dark Side. Each new incarnation features new wave formations and slightly different power-ups and damages, which keeps the game fresh and new for players, both new and old.

Chicken Invaders is great for players who take a child-like delight in the absurd and also for fans of quirky space science fiction movies and literature. The essential premise of the game is that of a single, sole spaceship battling their unlikely adversaries, scientifically advanced and technologically superior alien chickens! There is a strong undercurrent of humour that adds charm and charisma to the game, while those who are only interested in the gameplay will be satisfied with the strong shooter weapons, power-ups and bonuses.

As the lone spaceship progresses through space, varying waves of chickens flood cross the screen and the player must defeat them. As the game progresses, the player can earn power-ups that help him or her to score points and defeat the chickens more easily. Power-ups look like gifts that must be collected in order to be used. As is the custom with shoot-'em-up games, any time the player loses a life, any power-ups are lost too.

When chickens are shot down they turn into drumsticks which can be collected. When enough drumsticks have been collected they are traded in for a missile which can do great damage to the encroaching chicken army.

Most of the games feature extra levels like the asteroid belt levels in which a lot of damage can be done to the ship, but there are often benefits too, such as extra power-ups.

There are boss battles at the end of every level, but, sadly, these leave a lot to be desired, being rather disappointing and unexciting in some of the games.

All the games are suitable for one or two players, with later editions allowing for up to four players on one game.

Pros

  • A great and amusing shooter game, fulfilling all the demands of the genre with the added bonus of chicken based humour!
  • Plenty of levels to keep you coming back for more

Cons

  • The game can become quite samey after a while
  • Disappointing boss levels in some of the games
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