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Galaxian for the Atari 2600 is a technical marvel (let’s just say there’s a reason why it took so long to appear on the system) and is overall a fine port of the arcade original. There are things that bug me, like the size of the cannon (too large) and the fact that the programmers decided to put an orange wall around the playfield. Minor quibbles, though, for a game that is just as much Galaxian as any other version of Galaxian (in the case of the Atari 5200 version, perhaps moreso considering that port feels like an entirely different game even without taking into account the awful controls).
Fear not - this is one of the more exciting and frenetic shooters for the Atari 2600. Your shots travel rapidly and holding down the fire button initiates continuous fire. In later stages multiple aliens glide across the screen at a time, so you'll need to avoid collisions as well as falling bombs. Pay special attention to those dangerous purple ships that make extra-wide sweeps. You can usually "thread the needle" between the falling bombs, but take care not to get trapped in the corners. Galaxian has a nice flow to it, and once you get in a zone you can pick off as many as dozen aliens in a row. As with the original arcade game, it's possible to blast two with a single shot, and dude - that is awesome. The audio effects perfectly recreate the same pulsating electronic sounds you'd associate with a typical alien invasion (we've all been there). With solid gameplay and nine skill levels, Galaxian delivers pure shooting satisfaction.
Still, this is a solid title that's easy to find and is a welcome addition to any Atari 2600 collection. Sure, it plays like an updated Space Invaders, but that's perfectly fine -- a game that offers a novel twist on an established formula is typically enjoyable.
Galaxian macht Spass! Punkt! Ich schiebe dieses Modul regelmäßig in den Schacht meines Juniors und auch während des auführlichen Tests habe ich eine lange Zeit gezockt. Das Gameplay ist schnell und für ein Atari 2600 Spiel ist eine Unmenge auf dem Bildschirm los. Hier kann man auch einige Runden Spielen, ohne wie bei Space Invaders mit seinem Leben dafür zahlen zu müssen, weil man zu langsam war, den letzten Alien rechtzeitig zu erwischen. Dennoch fällt bei einem solchen Vergleich schmerzhaft auf, dass die schon angesprochenen Spielvariationen fehlen. Einen Fan des Genres darf dies aber nicht abhalten. Eine solche Perle sollte man nicht verpassen!
Fans of the arcade game will not be disappointed. The aliens are multicolored and they're pretty well detailed. The sound effects are similar to those in Space Invaders, and make you feel as if these creatures are really marching. Some people may be tired of this type of game, since it lacks the surprise of newer contests for the VCS.
Galaxian pales in comparison to Galaga - a personal fave - but one needs to remember the timeline of when these games were originally available. Galaxian is a great game and still cool to play for fun and nostalgia. Pop it up to one of the higher skill levels to see what a frantically wonderful game this can be.
Galaxian é mais um jogo de batalha espacial. Sua nave deve derrotar os inimigos que atacam em bloco. Mas cuidado, pois eles se transformam em pássaros que lançam bombas na sua nave.
Galaxians is a classy reproduction of the arcade game and one that deserves to be in all shoot-em-up fans games collection.
In terms of replay value, you're looking at a game where the only real replay value comes from trying to beat your high score. But this game is entertaining enough that you just may want to do that a bit. The gameplay doesn't seem overly dated today (other than the lack of rapid fire), and this game is easily as fun now as it would have been then. If you are a fan of the Atari 2600, this is a game to look for.
Ce jeu, au principe bien connu, a toutes les chances de « marcher » auprès des amateurs de combats spatiaux. L'idée de base est celle de Space Invaders : plusieurs rangées d'attaquants se déplacent en haut de votre écran en mitraillant le sol. Vous, aux commandes de votre canon laser, vous tentez de les abattre, sans, bien entendu, vous faire toucher. Dans ce jeu, une amélioration très sensible intervient : certains membres de l'escadron volant se détachent et foncent vers vous en vous arrosant de missiles.