SpringInvaders: a tweak that lets you play Space Invaders with your app icons

By , Feb 23, 2016

springinvaders game play

If you’re jailbroken and you’re a fan of the classic Space Invaders arcade game by Tomohiro Nishikado, then you’re going to love this new Cydia release.

SpringInvaders is a fun new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository starting today for $0.99 that lets you play the popular classic Space Invaders game with your Home screen app icons.

SpringInvaders – a fun way to pass the time

SpringInvaders is a cool new take on the popular Space Invaders arcade game from the 1970’s. The tweak uses icons from your Home screen to theme the enemies and your weapon fire.

springinvaders animated GIF

The game is controlled easily – you tilt your device left or right to control the movement of your ‘springship’ at the bottom of the screen, and you tap on the screen to fire your weapons at incoming enemies. You can also tap and hold to charge up what the developer is calling a ‘springbomb,’ which is many times more powerful than the basic firing mechanism you use to take down enemies.

You’re given 5 lives, and you lose a life whenever you don’t kill an enemy in time and it gets too close to you. Level by level, you’ll move through the game at your own pace. Each level gets progressively harder, but nevertheless, if you manage to hit an enemy you’ll earn 10 points, but if you miss, you’ll lose 5 points for each shot missed.

Configuring SpringInvaders

SpringInvaders adds a preferences pane to the Settings app where you can configure the game’s options your own necessity.

springinvaders preferences pane

All of the things you can configure from this preferences pane are:

  • Enabling or disabling the tweak on demand
  • Choosing an Activator action to open the game
  • Enabling or disabling a stealth mode ship (black instead of white)
  • Configuring the sensitivity of your tilting
  • Choosing the level you’ll start at every time you play the game
  • Resetting your best score so you can start all over again
  • Respringing your device to save changes

My thoughts on SpringInvaders

SpringInvaders is an entertaining way to pass the time and I think it’s a very good re-make of the popular classic arcade game Space Invaders. The controls are relatively easy to use, being accelerometer and touch-screen based, but some sensitivity adjustments may be necessary to tailor this tweak to your own individual skills.

It’s worth mentioning that the game runs very smoothly on any device, including our aging iPhone 5. With that being said, game-play isn’t hindered at all by performance and you can expect it play the same for you. Our GIF image doesn’t do the game’s fluidity justice.

Although you could download a game from the App Store to pass your time instead, I think SpringInvaders offers a unique game play experience mostly because you can open it from anywhere in iOS using Activator and because it uses the app icons of the apps you have installed on your device to provide you with game details.

Compatible with jailbroken iOS 8 and 9 devices, including the iPad, SpringInvaders is ready for almost anyone that wants to play the game. It even works in landscape mode just as well as portrait mode on supported devices.

Obviously, if you’re not into games, then you probably won’t enjoy SpringInvaders. If you fall into this category… move along.


If you’re interested in playing SpringInvaders on your jailbroken iOS device, then give this tweak a try. You can download it for $0.99 from Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

What are your thoughts on SpringInvaders? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • bllackghost

    after jeff there is no more videos for Cydia tweak ?!

    • Anthony Bouchard

      Our new video producer, Andrew, will help with videos from here on out.

    • coLin

      go to 9to5mac to see Jeffs video

  • Anonymous

    For 99 cents, i gotta try this out. Hahaha