It’s a wet and rainy day, so in order to keep the kids under control — is such a thing just a pipe dream? — I decided to show them how to make Space Invaders. Hey, what can I say — I’m a sucker for the classics.

The problem, of course, is that you start with this:

GreenInvader
Along came an invader

But Invaders never travel through the dark inky night alone, you know…

YellowInvader

Soon there were two. Zoe tells me that this is a “Girl” Invader. I guess they’ve got to reproduce somehow, what with the appalling casualty rate for this 30 year old war…

BlueInvader

And then there were three. I showed Zoe and James how Invaders moved, making the obligatory “Dutt Dutt Dutt Dutt, Dutt Dutt Dutt Dutt” noise as it went from side to side, and James decided that they were called “Dutt-Dutts”. Perhaps he’s right, and the noise is in fact the Invaders trying to communicate with us warmongering Earthlings…

InvaderGroup

Uh oh. It’s a full-scale invasion. Better call in Earth’s only hope.

Tank

Thankfully, tanks are a lot easier to build than Space Invaders. Should have this invasion sorted out in a jiffy.

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