Ready for an overload?

We've all blasted invaders from space but never like this! Fly through this endless arcade shooter chasing a high score. It'll put all your senses to the test.

Match 3 of the same-color drops to gain a power-up weapon. Shoot the UFO and collect the yellow power-up to trigger Fever Mode. Collect enough Fever Mode coins to enter a Boss Battle and advance levels.

What's your high score? How many bosses can you defeat?

How to play

  • D-pad or Left/right arrows: Ship movement
  • B button or Z:  Shoots. Hold for auto-fire.
  • A button or X: Toggles music on title screen

Gamepads and external controllers are supported by mapping will vary. Try it with an arcade stick for a classic experience!

Behind the game

This game is less about the action and more about the people that contributed to it. It's tribute game in more ways than one.

First off, it's a tribute to Space Invaders Extreme that originally appeared on the Nintendo DS. It was Space Invaders kicked up a notch with a total sensory overload. Second, it's a tribute and thank you to all the great little carts coming out of the Pico-8 forum. In particular, Invader Overload uses several of the carts from the TweetJam thread as manic backgrounds. Designs from zep, NuSan, kometbomb and others are included and create one hell of a show. There were so many cool little demos coming out of the TweetJam thread that I just needed to find a way to use them. I consider Invader Overload a sort of TweetJam jukebox and hopefully we can all expand on it because you can totally add your own background! There's plenty of room left on the cart so give it a try. This cart also features some great music from Brian Follick, aka, @gnarcade_vgm. He made a great music track specifically for this game along with a few sound effects, and without that collaboration, this game would have fallen completely flat.


Updated 6 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(10 total ratings)
AuthorBrian Vaughn / MorningToast
Made withPICO-8
Tags8-Bit, Arcade, PICO-8, Retro, Shoot 'Em Up, space-invaders


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this is really coool!!!

thanx for creating this game!