Google and Taito Release AR Space Invaders Game for Android and iOS

Google and Taito Release New AR Game

Google and Taito have unveiled Space Invaders: World Defense, an augmented reality game available for Android and iOS.

In this game, players can utilize their smartphones to obliterate AR Space Invaders aliens.

Space Invaders: World Defense was announced during Google I/O in May and is now downloadable.

The timing of this release is noteworthy, considering the struggles faced by many other AR games in retaining their popularity.

Challenges Faced by Other AR Games

Niantic, the studio responsible for the popular AR game Pokémon Go, has encountered difficulties with its other AR games.

AR games based on renowned brands such as Harry Potter and Transformers were discontinued, resulting in employee layoffs.

Furthermore, Microsoft shut down a Minecraft AR game in 2021, and CD Projekt Red closed its Witcher AR game.

These challenges raise questions regarding the potential success of Space Invaders: World Defense.

Unique Concept and ARCore Technology

Space Invaders: World Defense offers an innovative concept of eradicating virtual aliens in the real world through AR technology.

The game serves as a demonstration of Google's ARCore technology, powering the gameplay experience.

Players can also indulge in amusing AR selfies while dressed in Space Invaders-themed attire, adding to the fun element.

However, it remains to be seen if the game's novelty will be sufficient to sustain long-term player engagement.

Availability and Conclusion

Space Invaders: World Defense is now available for download on both Google Play and the App Store.

Interested players can locate and try out the game on their respective platforms.

The success of the game ultimately hinges on its ability to captivate players beyond the initial excitement.

Only time will reveal if Space Invaders: World Defense can achieve the same level of success as Pokémon Go.


Jay Peters. (July 18, 2023). Google and Taito’s AR Space Invaders game is out now on Android and iOS.

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