Chicken Invaders: The Next Wave

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Chicken Invaders 2: The Next Wave by InterAction Studios, is the second game of the Chicken Invaders series, released on December 22nd, 2002, with the initial release demo coming out four days earlier.

The game was a huge improvement from the previous game of the series, Chicken Invaders. Instead of the same waves at every system, the game features different waves in every system, and many different types of enemies. This game is very fondly remembered by most of the series' fans.

Official Summary

Just when you thought it was safe to eat chicken again, the chickens have returned with an organized invasion to take over the entire solar system! Journey to each planet and fight your way through to save the world (again)!

In the first chapter of the Chicken Invaders saga, you defended Earth against an invasion of intergalactic chickens seeking revenge for the oppression of their earthly brethren. However, as you were clearing out the last of the chicken invaders and were looking forward to a double chicken burger special at the space burger bar, the true scale of the problem became apparent: the first invasion was simply a precursor to the chicken's main assault! Their master plan now becomes clear: to invade each planet in the solar system and make sure that it is inhabited exclusively by chickens!

The time has now come to don your egg-repulsing helmet and make the biggest omelette you've ever made as you continue your adventure in the second chapter of Chicken Invaders: The Next Wave. Only you can make a difference. Will you succeed? Will the future of chicken burgers be secure? Or will you end up as part of the menu in a galactic chicken restaurant?


  • 1 or 2 players — save the world alone or with your best friend!
  • 11 planets — 110 levels.
  • 3 weapon types — each upgradeable to 10 levels plus a hidden 11th level.
  • Skill bonus system — collect points for speed, efficiency, or just plain luck!
  • Over 1800 frames of animation.
  • Internet high score tables — compare yourself with people from all over the world!


Music differentiates between versions of the game. Normal game has chiptune-styled music, while remastered edition's music is orchestral.

You can listen to it by going here.


You can buy the game through InterAction Studios' website here.

You can also get it from Steam here.


The game's online version shares more resemblance to it's precedessor. More info here.


  • The sound that plays when you defeat the Mother-Hen Ship in this game has been since used as the "Extra Life!" sound in later games.
  • Veteran difficulty wasn't included in the initial release of the game, until it was added in the update 2.10 in less than a week after the release.
  • This was the first game to introduce multiple weapons.
  • The Next Wave, unlike the other games (not counting the first one), didn't have a proper BETA. When the game was close to release, InterAction studios uploaded the demo of the game with limited features. If you found a gameplay bug that hasn't been found yet before, you would have received the full version for free.