Chicken Invaders: Cluck of the Dark Side
Hero's log, Stardate 8008.5
As the last intergalactic chicken invaders flee our Solar System and lingering feathers still smolder in interplanetary space, I ease up on the trigger and wipe the sweat from my brow.
My work here is done.
Saving the world sure works up an appetite. I'm plotting a course for the nearest Space Burger. I think I'll have the spicy chicken wings tonight. Or perhaps their galaxy-renowned chicken pie?
Ah, the choices of a hero are never easy.
Suddenly, I am yanked back to reality by the whine of my trusty spaceship's automated warning system. Why are all my dashboard lights flashing red?
Why has the Earth darkened so? And why does it all have to happen just as I'm about to eat?
Looks like tonight's dinner will have to wait...
*WARNING* Spoilers ahead!
As usual, it begins in our Solar System where the Hero is ordering food at the Space Burger restaurant, this time a "World Savior" special. But before he can actually receive it, the Sun somehow darkens, and the narrator convinces the Hero to investigate. When he does, he finds a mysterious battleship identified as the CK-01 Henterprise positioned in front of the sun. The gargantuan device spews millions of black feathers between Earth and the sun, blocking the light and preventing it from reaching Earth.
The Hero immediately takes action (After the narrator snaps him out of his hunger again) and fights the machine, prompting it to retreat. After taking care of the Henterprise, he and the narrator try to figure out how to get rid of the feathers in front of the sun before the absence of sunlight causes Earth to freeze over. The narrator finally suggests that they consult Madam Madámme, the galactic oracle. The Hero, (who labels her as Mad Madam Madámme) is a bit reluctant, due to the their previous visit where she couldn't even guess his weight correctly, and the fact that she is currently on the next galactic arm. Over 10,000 light years away.
This argument fails as usual, due to the narrator pointing out that there's no other option, and no time to waste. So an agitated Hero agrees to make the flight there.
He eventually arrives at Madam Madámme's area and asks her for any information. After consulting her crystal ball (Because that's just how psychics work) she states that Humanity's Greatest Fan is their only chance of saving the day. (Literally!) Humanity's Greatest Fan is a device of advanced technology created by an alien race long extinct. The creators of the device scattered its mechanical parts across the galaxy and hid each one on the most inaccessible of planets. The Blade of Revolution on Epsilon Thalassus, the Source of Power from Gamma Chthon, and the Thingamajig of Vagueness on Eta Astropelecae.
So the Hero and the narrator set out on 3 artifact recovery missions to collect these parts.
First, they arrive at Epsilon Thalassus, a planet similar to Earth, except that unfathomable oceans make up 98% of the planet, according to the narrator. Luckily, the Hero's spaceship is capable of underwater travel on the one condition that it leaks 5 gallons of water each mile. They soon find the Blade of Revolution, which turns out to be 3 sets of large fan blades fused together.
Afterwards, they proceed to Gamma Chthon, a scorched planet with no life forms, except for some chickens that are presumably after the same artifact. Navigating through the hidden network of underground caverns beneath the planet's surface, they find the Source of Power, a potato battery that could possibly be radioactive.
Then they head to Eta Astropelecae, a planet with liquid nitrogen oceans and frozen surface, not to mention the incessant lightning storms. Turning up the ship's thermostat, the Hero blasts his way up the planet's largest mountain and recovers the Thingamajig of Vagueness, a strange gadget with a single red button. Likely the on/off switch.
Now with all 3 parts collected, the Hero and the narrator head back to Madam Madámme for further instructions. Ironically, the oracle never actually expects the Hero to survive, but consults her crystal ball a second time anyway. After being given the instructions for Humanity's Greatest Fan, the Hero makes his way back to the Solar System to assemble the device and install it onto Earth's surface.
However, when he and the narrator arrive, they find that the chickens have already taken over part of earth by creating a population area in the countryside. So they commence an atmospheric reentry down to Earth to not only take out the wooden barn-house, but to also assemble Humanity's Greatest Fan.
When the device (Which turns out to be visible from space by taking up at least 25% of the planet) is installed onto Earth, the Hero flips the switch to activate it. The wind succeeds in removing all the black feathers away from the sun, but due to the Hero's incompetence, the fan also ends up pushing Earth half a light year away from the sun before it is turned off. Luckily, no damage is done to Earth or its inhabitants, but there's a slight chance that next Summer won't be as warm as usual.
Immediately after the machine is turned off, a familiar battleship returns for a rematch. The Henterprise! So a huge battle ensues, but as always, it ends with the Hero prevailing and leaving the Henterprise in pieces.
Now done with every given errand, the Hero heads back to the Space Burger to continue his order, but also forgets to remove Humanity's Greatest Fan from the Earth's surface.
Let's just hope he remembers to do that in Episode 6 of CI Series...
- Up to 4-player cooperative play!
- Finger-blistering shooting action with over 200 chickens on-screen simultaneously.
- Gigantic boss fights.
- Journey to 12 galactic star systems.
- Fly planetary missions on strange and wonderful alien worlds.
- Fight through 120 waves of invading chickens.
- Discover 13 awesome weapons, each upgradeable to 11 levels (plus secret 12th!).
- Gain access to 31 unlockable secrets.
- Collect 30 unique bonuses and 15 medals on your way to glory.
- Breathtaking graphics and original orchestral soundtrack.
- Internet high score tables -- compare yourself with people from all over the world!
- Multiplayer - play on the same computer, over your LAN, or the internet.
- Spaceship Customization
- Artifacts - however you cannot use them during a mission flight, they are what should be assembled to save the Earth
- New Enemies - Interdimensional Portal, Chick Gatling Gun, Pilot (Mini-Military) Chickens, Chicken Submarine Ship, Chicken Metal Ship
- Entering Planets (Epsilon Thalassus, Gamma Chthon, Eta Astropelecae, Earth)
- Backgrounds from previous games as Unlockables
- New Weapons - Hypergun, Corn Shotgun, Riddler
- New Food - Popcorn - rewards 1 Food Item each no matter the size of the popcorn
- Mission Progress -- This shows your current progress, like how much of the mission is completed so far, or if you've picked up any new weapons or satellites, etc.
- Enemies' projectiles, powerups and weapons fall in the same direction as your ship, unlike in CI4.
You can buy it here. This game, like all games on InterAction studios' website, is on a 50% discount.
You can also buy it on Steam here
- The Hero doesn't travel to multiple dimensions, but it's possible that some of the chickens are from other dimensions. You can see the green markings on both the military and clown chickens as evidence as well as on the chickens wearing metal suits.
- If you did go to this page before 21 Nov 2014, the game was called Chicken Invaders 5: The Paradoxical Paradox. This was a joke name that InterAction used to trick people.
- However, Chicken Invaders 6 might have "The Paradoxical Paradox" as it's title, as shown in this page. However, this can also be an alpha title. The page is exactly the same as it was before, except the 5 in "Chicken Invaders 5" is replaced with a 6. Scrolling to the bottom of the page reveals the word "Shoo!"
- Before the release of this game, many people believed that CI4 is the last game in the Chicken Invaders series.
- CI5's name was changed twice. First, it was called Paradoxical Paradox, which was the joke name for the game. When Chicken invaders 5 was officially revealed for the first time, it was called Rise of the Dark Side, then it was changed again to include a chicken pun and now it's called Cluck of the Dark Side.
- Before the beta team for this game was announced, many people believed the game was a myth or joke. The game had its own page, but there wasn't anything on the page besides a paragraph that basically said that the game hasn't come out yet.
- The following page says that is trapped in a "time paradox". Maybe its just a tentative page for the game which has not released but will soon, and "time paradox" means "you are not in the time of release".
- There are lots of possible combinations for customizing your ship. Just experiment, it's fun and creative!
- Originally , the main theme of the game was mixed with the Henterprise theme in BETA 0.10 - 0.30
- For the first time in the series, the first holiday themed edition to be released wasn't the Christmas edition.
Although there is no official soundtrack released for this game, one of our wiki's users has recorded all of the game's songs in the MP3 format, and these are all packaged into one convenient ZIP archive. You can download the soundtrack here.
If you want to watch videos of the game, you should go here. This guy is very dedicated to the series (he even recorded a beta version of CI5!).
Official Trailer for the game is down below.