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New Game for Super Street Arcade - an ode to Space Invaders

New Game for Super Street Arcade - an ode to Space Invaders

A new game is about to be unveiled on Gap Filler’s Super Street Arcade system this week. “Space Raiders: The battle for Christchurch” is a new game developed by local game developer, Brent Silby of Def-Logic. It is an ode to the 80s arcade classic, Space Invaders.

The game features icons of Christchurch such as the Peacock Fountain and the Tramway Restaurant that players need to try to save each level. And like the first game for the system, Space Raiders is a two player game that is free to play, 24 hours a day.

“Space Raiders’ gameplay means lots of button pressing” says Damian Doyle, Gap Filler Project Developer. “And because of all the firing that’s needed, it gets you moving.” Getting players outside, moving and interacting was one of the reasons for creating the oversize Super Street Arcade in the first place, according to Gap Filler.

Space Raiders features Christchurch icons that need to be saved from an alien invasion, such as the Peacock Fountain, the restaurant tram and the corgi statues on High Street. “We hope people really enjoy playing this nostalgia-inducing game, saving Christchurch icons from an alien invasion.”

The first game for the Super Street Arcade that ran from December 2016 until now was Attack of the Cones, designed by local developers CerebralFix. It has been played close to 100 000 times across six months with more than 2 million button presses in that time. “We think people really enjoyed seeing aspects of their city such as the Transitional Cathedral and Old Post Office building in Attack of the Cones. Space Raiders also features Christchurch icons so we hope will also appeal to people in the same way.”

Super Street Arcade will remain in place until Summer, 2017 with a another new game in development for Summer too. High school students studying digital technologies have been working on new games for the system as part of CO[DE] CREATE, a Gap Filler educational programme tailored to the Super Street Arcade. These students have received mentoring from developers, CerebralFix as part of their studies. Their games will premiere on the system in September.


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