For the past 4 days, New Yorkers have been able to defend their neighborhoods against intraterrestrials in a new augmented reality game marking the 45th anniversary of the iconic Space Invaders game.
Google partnered with Taito, the game’s developer, and Unit9 to transform the world into an augmented reality playground—where players find and eliminate invaders floating in the sky, sprouting from buildings and hiding behind structures. The new mobile game is called Space Invaders: World Defense.
“The original Space Invaders first broke barriers in gaming, teaching us to dream in pixels. We hope that with Space Invaders: World Defense it will once again redefine the rules, expanding the playground from our screens to our streets with augmented reality,” said Matthieu Lorrain, global head of creative innovation, Google.