As the release of Chicken Invaders Universe draws nearer and nearer, I think it’s a good time to revisit the game that started it all. No, not Chicken Invaders (1999), even though it’s the canonical start of the franchise. I’m talking about this:
This is the very first Chicken Invaders game, made for DOS in 1997. Two versions of this game existed - the BC++ version and the Java version (which was more incomplete).
The graphics were pixel art instead of 3D rendered and you didn’t control a spaceship, but a handgun. It was never feature-complete as a game, and as such it’s missing many features. Missiles and powerups did not exist, and food probably wasn’t collectible. It also has only 3-4 waves after which the game stops.
Even though Chicken Invaders (1999) should be considered the canonical start of the series, I think that we shouldn’t forget about the game that started the franchise and many of its concepts.
I have recently tried to recreate this version as closely as possible with all of the info I have received from asking InterAction studios. You can download my attempt at recreating it by clicking here (recently updated to include resolution options).
As a bonus, I also have the starfield used in this version.