Despite what you may think (or what you’ve heard from my neighbors), my very first video game was not Pong. I was little more than a twinkle in my father’s eye back then.
No, dear friends, I cut my gaming teeth on the classics. Space Invaders. I was no Ms. Pac Mac debutante. I was hard core. There was just something satisfying about blasting little mean looking creatures into Kingdom Come. I dumped a lot of quarters into my hand eye coordination (which served me well when it came time to do lipstick, eyeliner, and mascara).
Well, Mac classic game lover, Space Invaders is back and this time it’s free. But it can’t handle the likes of Kitten Sanctuary.
The Classics vs. Modern Games
Here’s the deal. There just isn’t much that’s modern about the classic Space Invaders game, so it’s almost impossible to get a Mac user to pay for playing an antiquated game, so it’s free.
The new versions are Dashboard Widgets with an attitude. Versions? Yep. One classic. And one not so classic.
The classic version is three colors. Green blasto guns on a black screen background. The space invaders are still mean looking, but highly pixelated and white.
The modernized version, the one I remember is in glorious color, with multi-colored aliens and planets and stars and moons and real explosions.
It’s hard to believe I could dump a roll of quarters into one of those machines, but I had a lot of older brothers and plenty of pent up frustrations to release.
Here’s what the classic version looks like.
See? That’s not much to write home about. If size matters, so does color.
It’s free. What’s not to like? Space Invaders lives as a Dashboard Widget so you can play whenever you get the urge to bust some alien bazinga.
What about Kitten Sanctuary? Well, that’s a modern Mac game, perfect for young girls, maybe a few effeminate little boys, or your feminine side (if you’re macho, but nobody really knows).
Here’s the story. Kitten Island is being invaded by creatures from another world. Sound familiar? How is that different from Space Invaders. Except for the part about the kittens.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to free the trapped kittens and keep them safe. Where? In kitten sanctuaries, of course. But the aliens are bad guys, and they set up traps to entice the kittens into wrong doing. You know, like AT&T selling Android phones.
You have to give the kittens food, drink, and affection. There are 50 different kittens, all cute, each with their own sob story. The game itself has 100 levels and four sanctuary locations you can customize.
So, what’s your poison? Free Space Invaders? Or, become the savior to 100 endangered kittens in Kitten Sanctuary?