Garden Invaders is a graphical hack of the game (it plays exactly the same as the original 2600 version), having changed game sprites, as the invaders, players' laser cannons, and the Command Alien Ship look different (the latter of which is now a bat), as they were all changed to an outdoor theme. The bunker shape was also changed to resemble mushrooms and players' laser cannons are now cans of pesticide.

The hack was created by someone only identified as Jamcat.

Game variationsEdit

  • Moving Shields--Mushrooms move back and forth
  • Zigzagging Laser Bombs--Invaders' shots zigzag back and forth towards the ground
  • Fast Laser Bombs--Invaders Bombs drop quickly
  • Invisible Invaders--Invaders are invisible unless one (or the bat) is shot, which they then briefly reappear
  • Large Pesticide Cans--flipping a difficulty switch on the 2600 console to the A position makes players' pesticide cans larger

Game variations, player setupEdit

There are two player alternating variations, along with variations to not only have both players onscreen at once, but there are also several competing variations as well, such as ones where if one player gets hit by invader fire, the other player is awarded 200 points. Others include alternating shots where if one player takes too long to fire from their pesticide can then it will automatically shoot.

Other variations include ones where one player controls one pesticide can, along with one player can only move it to the right, while the other player can only move it to the left. Other variations allow one movement and one shot per player, then the other player gets to do the same, and others have one player move the pesticide can while the other player fires.


  • Row one invader--5 points
  • Row two invader--10 points
  • Row three invader--15 points
  • Row four invader--20 points
  • Row five invader--25 points
  • Row six invader--30 points
  • Bat--200 points, or 100 points in certain game variations
  • Other player's pesticide can hit--200 points awarded to other player on certain competitive game variations


  • Move pesticide can--joystick left and right
  • Fire--button


  • The original game came with several label variations, which are known as Picture, Text, Red, and Silver labels. This version comes as a ROM file only to be played on Atari emulators.
  • The fourth row Invaders are the scorpions from the Atari 2600 game Pitfall! and the fifth row Invaders are the spiders from Centipede.


Garden Invaders Atari Age page

This article uses material from the Space Invaders (Franklin Cruz) article and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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