Jump back to the good old days of arcade machines with Void Invaders: a colourful, chaotic and explosive arcade shoot-em-up game inspired by classics such as Galaga and Space Invaders!
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Very Positive (174 reviews) - 93% of the 174 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 14, 2015

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September 2


It’s finally here! The Void Invaders Ultra Update (version 1.7.0) is now live. Here’s a list of all the new features and changes:

New features (in-game)

Hardcore Mode

  • 10 new levels
  • 30 new enemies
  • 2 new bosses
  • 1 new powerup

New achievements
  • Wave Master
  • Completed
  • Hardcore player

New skin with rainbow (!!!) bullets
Various other things we probably forgot to mention

New features (other)

Scrolling leaderboards
View leaderboards from the main menu
Screenshake slider
Vsync setting
Gamepad vibration
Auto-fire setting
Gamepad control re-mapping
Alienware AlienFX support
Logitech ARX Control support


Improved keyboard and gamepad controls
Improved menu
Improved statistics screen
Improved extras screen
Optimisation and performance improvements

Bug fixes

Key map changes through the pause menu are now correctly applied


We’ve finally managed to port Void Invaders to Linux! Right now, the official supported distros are Debian and its most common variants, including Ubuntu, Xubuntu and Lubuntu. Other distributions may work, but you’ll have to install the required libraries manually, and we currently can’t offer support. If you use Debian (or one of its friends), you can use the “Play install dependencies” launch option to install necessary libraries, after which the game can be played.

Linux-specific bugs can be reported here.

Many thanks to our friend Flippylosaurus who helped with troubleshooting and who created the install scripts.

About Music Mode

We’d like to apologise again for Music Mode not being released with this update. Real life got in the way and we didn’t find time to turn it into something worth playing. That’s why we decided to postpone it indefinitely.

That’s all folks!

We’re pretty sure that this will be the last major update for Void Invaders (though we’ll stick around and try to fix any bugs you may find). We’ve had a great time working on Void Invaders, but everything comes to an end. After having worked on it for nearly two years, we’re ready to start working on something new.

Having a game on Steam truly has been an amazing experience, so thank you all for supporting us. We also genuinely hope you guys will enjoy the new update.

By the way, Void Invaders is 83% off right now as well! Be sure to spread the word!

Have fun and thanks for playing Void Invaders!!!

Noah & Koen

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August 28

Quick Announcement - Ultra Update almost finished

Hi guys,

The Void Invaders Ultra Update is almost there! It will feature a new game mode, new levels and enemies, a new skin, additional settings and options, performance and general improvements, bug fixes and more!

We’re sorry we’ve kept you guys waiting so long, and we have some bad news as well. Personal problems, combined with a lack of motivation, have forced us to indefinitely postpone Music Mode. Apologies to those who were looking forward to it!

Right now, we’re tweaking the last couple things, while a friend is working on getting the Linux build working. We hope to have the update done as soon as possible (yes, we’ve said this before, but it’s for real now!)

Thanks for sticking with us.

Noah & Koen

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“With spectacular visuals and fast paced gameplay, Void Invaders will brighten up your day with an intense blast of retro nostalgia.”
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“Void Invaders tried to pay a homage to the classic Space Invaders and it very much succeeded.”
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About This Game

Jump back to the good old days of arcade machines with Void Invaders: a colourful, chaotic and explosive arcade shoot-em-up game inspired by classics such as Galaga and Space Invaders! Blast your way through more than 40 levels filled with dozens of enemies, intense boss fights and destructive powerups! Explosive visuals and a frantic light show included.


  • Colourful and explosive retro graphics!
  • Over 40 levels to beat!
  • More than 70 different enemies!
  • Insane boss battles!
  • Multiple challenging game modes!
  • Full controller support!
  • Achievements!
  • Online leaderboards!

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with 512 MB memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 45 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimal resolution: 1024x768
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with 1000 MB memory
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • OS: Recent Debian or similar
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with 1000 MB memory
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
A seizure-tastic Shmup! Graphic style is strongly reminiscent of the earlier BIT.TRIP games. It also has a great soundtrack if you’re into chipstep – and it’s included as a free DLC with the game!

When Void Invaders first came out, it was more of a Shmup version of Clicker Heroes, making you play through the same set of levels over and over again with increasing difficulty and forcing you to grind for EXP on previous levels whenever the difficulty got too high. Over a year after the game’s release, there came a few new patches which completely overhauled the game progression. With the new version, the upgrade system is still there, but you only have to play through the 30 levels once. The difficulty ramps up quickly, forcing you to grind to max level if you hope to have a chance of reaching the end.

The game’s difficulty is pretty silly – it’s about 50% dodging skills, 50% spray-n-pray. The game takes refuge in its ridiculousness: many levels have huge waves of undodgable bullets. Many levels will give you bombastic powerups which will fill the screen with colorful explosions so you literally can’t see anything for entire seconds at a time. Many levels will troll you with hilariously huge enemy patterns. And to be fair, I feel that the game pulls off the crazy style well. The action is wild and death isn’t too punishing. It works.

Aside from the main game mode, Void Invaders offers a few absolutely awful bonus modes:

“Endless mode” throws a constant mess of random, unsynchronized enemies and powerups at you, and seems fine-tuned to smash you to death with extreme prejudice EVERY TIME just moments before you would be awarded the achievement. (Healing is impossible, and you seem to take more damage from collisions the longer you survive – so the final difficulty spike will usually kill you in seconds regardless of how much HP you’ve saved.)

“Wave mode” throws synchronized groups of enemies at you, but it’s skull-crushingly boring, and random to boot – the enemy hoard is either going to fall straight down on you faster than you can dodge, or decide to move slowly enough to let you kill them. High scores are dependent on getting a random HP refill which may or may not show up.

Finally, “Hardcore mode” makes you play through 10 unique levels on a single life. It’s quite boring and easy until the end of level 9, which throws a (practically) one-hit KO enemy at you near the end of the level, prone to render the last ten minutes of gameplay wasted.

I give Void Invaders a 5.5 / 10. Recommended if you like the BIT.TRIP aesthetic and aren’t prone to seizures. It’s silly, colorful, addictive, and has got some great music. And it’s cheap!

But if you’re an achievement hunter looking for a cheap and easy 100%, I’d recommend leaving this one be. For me personally, the headache caused by the bonus modes has ruined any fun the rest of the game may have provided.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
"Invaders and flashing screen"
Pretty neat arcade revival game. Somekind of mixture of Space Invaders, Galaga, Centipede and Frogger. You shoot through tons of aliens with power upgrades + levelups + skins. There are also Steam leaderboards and an Endless mode. The epileptic warning in the beginning is totally justified. Aliens explode in white flashes. Beat all challenging 30 levels in medium and hard. Just to die 50 times seems really really hard.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
This is the kind of game that I call a "bargain bin purchase", these are games that wind up selling for incredibly cheap costs and can often turn out to be real gems, Void Invaders was another great find in the Steam sale for a measly £0.49.

Void Invaders is a homage to retro space shooters such as Galaga, Galaxian, Space Invaders etc. so you should know exactly what to expect based on the trailer and screenshots provided, however, I just wanted to write up this quick review to inform you that it is definitely worth the money and that it turned out to be a huge amount of fun.

This game features retro arcade-like gameplay with a brilliant unique soundtrack to go along with it, complete up to 30 singleplayer levels (including bossfights) or play in endless or wave modes to really test yourself and compete in the Steam leaderboards.

Something important to note however is that after a while the game can really strain your eyes. If you have played Beat Hazard before, then it's easiest to compare the explosions and bright flashes in Void Invaders to those used there too, except Beat Hazard has the option to tone it down, Void Invaders does not. Heed the warnings about photosensitive epilepsy, they are there for a good reason.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I must say that i have never expected to enjoy a Space Invaders clone as much as this.
So, starting the game, you are confronted with a settings menu that contains everything you need and some excellent music (soundtrack is included when you buy the main game) prematurely filling you with adrenaline that you will need later on. Then there's the selection between gamemodes being:
  • Level Mode: Play through 30 different levels with a slight level of passive experience-based progression between levels. (data is autosaved)
  • Endless Mode: Mow your way through a procedurally generated neverending (hence the name) stream of enemies in the hopes of beating your high score.
  • Wave Mode: The same as Endless Mode, but in a rotation of waves (duh) that are all manually designed.
Jumping into it i admit that i saw nothing but a weak space ship in a take on the classic coin-eating Space Invaders, but it didn't differ from the original enough to keep me interested. That was until it started borrowing some of Galaga's complexity, and classic shmup elements and pacing from the bullet hells such as CRIMZON CLOVER. And that is basically what this is, classic arcade Space Invaders/Galaga with shmup elements thrown into it.
But somehow, Void Invaders succeeds in not feeling like another one of these unoriginal ripoffs as instead of blending different existing games together, it does that and adds more to it. They added a lot of new enemies and bosses with original patterns and also new shmup-like temporary upgrade pick ups with not only "more bullets in a wider range", but besides that also a handful of unique upgrades that cause different playstyles and pacing, much like Bit Blaster XL.
What also differs Void Invaders from other Space Invaders clones is that the general amount of ♥♥♥♥ happening on the screen is not inserted merely for the sake of eyerape. It actually adds to the aesthetic of the game. The way the particles are thrown on the screen is what many refer to as "artistically cohesive" in the sense that all of the explosion effects, the background and the unique screen tilt while moving actually fit together quite nicely. I'd say Void Invaders should switch places in reputation with Bit Blaster XL.

Don't see stuff that should be here or vice versa? I'm open to constructive criticism.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
Follow my curation : http://store.steampowered.com/curator/9273374-exorio

It's space invaders with a twist. And it's actually good. Simplistic gameplay, tight controls, and better yet : Endless Mode!

I'm fine with the overkill aesthetic, specially the explosions and flashes.

Although a little bit too overkill and make it hard to keep up on what happens on screen.

For the devs : Pls add an option to turn off the tilting screen, also it doesn't scale up to fill my whole screen. Oh yeah a controller support would be nice. At least XBox360 controllers.

Other than that, it's good, fun, enjoyable and strangely... somewhat relaxing.

Worth the asking price.

Update 08/22/2015

Dev added controller support, options for screen scaling and option to turn on/off wobble effect! Great job, dev! Game is much better now, highly recommended!
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Too addicting.
Like seriously way too addicting. And fun. Really really fun.
Graphics are bright and colourful, and the music is great.
It's a really well made game.
and I want all the achievements... I need them.
I just suck at the game.
10/10 would play more.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
What an awesome buy. This game is phenomenal on many levels and I am incredibely happy I stumbled upon it. I can already tell I will end up spending HOURS playing it over time. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to buy a game to suck them in for a while. Also has one of the most fantastic soundtracks I have ever heard in a game (If you're an electronic music lover you will love this game tenfold)
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Maybe one of the most fun indie games i've ever had, with its kickass music and flashes which makes my brain melt! My most favourite mode is endless mode Thank you VoidDev for making my brain melt and making me have fun!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
First of all, I was asked to test this game before the release by the developers.
When I played it the first time, it had a few bugs and I criticized some features of the pre-release game.
But within one or two days, the devs said to me that they improved (almost) all of the criticisms I had on the game.
This game might look simplistic, and while the gameplay is in a special way, the developers put a lot of time, effort and love in the development of this game.

The game is based on the old classic space invaders game, but this game offers much more. It offers amazing, colorful and flashing graphics, it has cool powerups for your ship, it offers the possibility for your ship to level up so it becomes stronger.
This game offers two modes: Endless mode and a mode where you have to complete levels, to move to the next level. In endless mode you can sit back, relax and enjoy while playing the game without a lot of pressure.
In the mode where you'll have to complete levels, you are trying over and over, finding the best way to complete the level and the tactic to beat the boss.

Overall, certainly worth the low price of 3 €.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
There are not enough accolades that I could ever try to give this game.

Look...I know you'll hear a lot of people calling this a mix between space invaders and galaga...and,I suppose I can see it,galaga wise, with the well evolved power up system...but,to me...and I don't think there are any space invaders influence discrepancies...and bonus on them for using my favorite space invader as their Mario....but I see,hear,and feel centipede as the rightful mate of space invaders in all of this.

Let me just say that my love for this game is based upon the endless mode.
The wave mode is wonderful...but simply not as gripping...although the boss battles are epic.

While you may not dedicate your life to this game,
it will turn you out every time that you come calling.
It will leave you breathless...
and you will feel your heart begin to beat again as the alien mushroom clouds and explosions subside...
and you see your own mushroom cloud...
the air returns to your lungs...

This game is intense.


Ok.so I have dedicated more time to the wave mode.

I now find it equal to endless.

You would miss out quite a few interesting characters
by not embracing it.

To the Devs:

All of the bright explosions...especially when the screen is full and the aliens are dying like flies in a fire...

is like Jedi mode for me...relaxing amidst a sea of chaos.
Just feeling where I am.

And...the screen shift...
I never really noticed it until I saw someone mention it in a review.

Thank you for your obvious aches and pains of love that delivered this work of art.

I look forward to more from you.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 14
This game is lovely. I love the seizure-inducing colors, but the bullet hell gameplay is fun and enjoyable. Very arcade-like, not glitchy. Well made.
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3.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
This game is good for picking up if you occationally want something that you can play in short amounts of time. The powerups are nice, but i would have liked them to be more randomized as they drop at the same parts every time. There is also a noticeable difficulty spike in the mid 20's that almost immediatly reverts back after the next level or two, and the end game boss was a bit too easy. Some poeple may not like all of the flashing colors on the screen either, overall though it's a good game with good music if you're looking for something a little more retro
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 17
Another Shoot em up similar to Space Invaders.
This one particularly has the nice gimic of the screen tilting when moving side to side. The visuals aren't tearing my eyes out so that's a plus.

The thing that makes me not recommend this game is the enemy movements of constantly swaying from side to side. This makes it very difficult to hit the enemies to the point of unfairness. The bullet-spongey nature makes it all the more difficult.

Despite the low sale price I recommend not wasting your money.
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87.6 hrs
Posted: September 15
My Grandfather smoked his whole life. I was about 10 years old when my mother said to him, 'If you ever want to see your grandchildren graduate, you have to stop immediately.'. Tears welled up in his eyes when he realized what exactly was at stake. He gave it up immediately. Three years later he died of lung cancer. It was really sad and destroyed me. My mother said to me- 'Don't ever smoke. Please don't put your family through what your Grandfather put us through." I agreed. At 28, I have never touched a cigarette. I must say, I feel a very slight sense of regret for never having done it, because this game gave me cancer anyway.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: September 10
I give this game one sentence to review. Space Invaders: Rave Edition. That's all this game need to be said about it! Just kidding, but the game is great. It's just like INK, a great title to lose some time. Could have had some more levels, but the game is good. Unless, if you have epilepsy. Check out my review on the game INK! 7,5/10
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 5
One of the best game I have played. The soundtrack is free and really good! :P
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1.7 hrs
Posted: September 4
♥♥♥♥ing. Amazing.
I never leave reviews but this game has taken me so I must.
Would reccomend. 12/10
I havent played a bullet hell this fun in awhile. Also the soundtrack is amazing.
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2.4 hrs
Posted: September 4
Void Invaders really gives you a good feeling of how games have used to be.

Simple gameplay and mechanics, very beautiful, stylish and flashy colors, and a GREAT soundtrack, it goes astonishing well with the gameplay.

As soon as you've completed a level, it just continues smoothly with the next. Well done, you can keep up your flow pretty good.

Void Invaders is very challenging, but since Dark Souls I kinda became a masochist so I really adore the difficulty in VI.

There are some pretty nice and challenging boss fights in there aswell.

The price is justified imo, so get yourself a copy and take a nostalgic break!

PS: the developers are very kind and nice persons aswell :)
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 4
It's a good game for $0.99, but gets repetitive pretty fast.
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