Return of the Invaders

The Arcade PCB by Taito Corp.

Return of the Invaders screenshot

Emulated in MAME !



Return of the Invaders © 1985 Taito Corp.

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.


Board Number : M4300029A
Prom Stickers : A37

Main CPU : (3x) Z80, Motorola M68705
Sound Chips : (2x) Texas Instruments SN76496

Players : 2
Control : 2-Way Joystick
Buttons : 1
=> Shoot


Return of the Invaders was released in September 1985.

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.


Bootlegs version has no M68705 @ 3.072 Mhz :-)


1. Space Invaders (1978, ARC)
2. Space Invaders Part II (1979, ARC)
3. Return of the Invaders (1985, ARC)
4. Majestic Twelve - The Space Invaders Part IV (1990, ARC)
5. Space Invaders DX (1994, ARC)
6. Akkanvader (1995, ARC)
7. Space Invaders Virtual Collection (1995, Virtual Boy)
8. Space Invaders X (2000, PS)
9. Space Invaders Anniversary (2003, ARC)
10. Space Invaders DS (2005, DS)
11. Space Invaders - Galaxy Beat (2005, PSP)
12. Space Invaders Extreme (2008, DS/PSP)
13. Space Invaders Extreme 2 (2009, DS)


Developed by: UPL



Microsoft XBOX europe (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLES-53438]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLUS-21122]"
Sony PlayStation 2 korea (jul.18, 2006) "Taito Legends [Model SLKA-15056]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (jan.25, 2007) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Model SLPM-66649]"


Sony PSP japan (may.12, 2005) "Space Invaders Pocket [Model ULJM-05015]"
Sony PSP europe (oct.6, 2006) "Taito Legends Power-Up [Model ULES-00473]"
Sony PSP australia (nov.9, 2006) "Taito Legends Power-Up [Model ULES-00473]"
Sony PSP usa (may.17, 2007) "Taito Legends Power-Up [Model ULUS-10208]"


PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (nov.10, 2005) "Taito Legends"

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