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Galaga is a vertical arcade shooter from Namco. You control a space fighter at the bottom of the screen, scrolling left and right in order to avoid oncoming bombs and kamikaze attacks from alien invaders--and to fire your own missiles to fight back!

There are an infinite number of stages to progress through. Every third level is a "challenge stage" in which you have a free chance to shoot as many aliens as possible and rack up bonus points.

Certain aliens have tractor beams they can use to capture one of your ships. If that wasn't your last "life," you can try to shoot that alien down and recapture your ship, giving you two ships at once and doubling your firepower.

A summary screen appears when the game is over, giving you both your final score and you final "hit ratio"--the number of missiles fired, enemies destroyed, and the percentage of targets hit.


Galaga Sord M5 Shot down
Galaga MSX Start Game
Galaga Arcade Being suckered away
Galaga Atari 7800 Atari logo

Alternate Titles

  • "Galax" -- Sord M5 title
  • "Galaga: Demons of Death" -- NES title
  • "ギャラガ " -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

More fun than Galaxian or Space Invaders NES *Katakis* (37904)

Critic Reviews

Lawrence Xbox 360 Aug 15, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Aug 16, 2006 7.8 out of 10 78
Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 Aug 10, 2006 3.7 out of 5 74 (UK) Wii Jun 23, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Retroage NES Jul 04, 2013 6 out of 10 60
UOL Jogos Xbox 360 Jul 27, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Xbox 360 Aug 04, 2006 6 out of 10 60
X-Power Xbox 360 Aug 27, 2006 5.5 out of 10 55
Video Game Talk Xbox 360 Jul 26, 2006 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Game Shark Xbox 360 Aug 18, 2006 D+ 33


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Bug of Hit Ratio / Number of Hits on MSX version 1 486pc (17967)
Jan 18, 2013


1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Galaga appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Galaga was one of the "Fabulous Eleven" launch games for the Atari 7800.

Xbox 360 version

Unlike other Xbox Live! Arcade titles, Galaga includes no additional features or enhancements, just the leaderboards, achievements and some art shown on the sides of the screen. That's unusual, as games like Frogger have a new two-player mode, and Namco had already developed an improved version of Galaga for Namco Museum Battle Collection.


  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #19 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll

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