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Galaga '90

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Galaga '90 is a port of the arcade game Galaga '88.

Galaga '90 takes the basic gameplay of Galaga and adds nicer graphics, triple ship abilities, parsec progression, power-ups, asteroids, bosses and other enhancements.

Periodically the player encounters Challenging Stages, which are set to music and feature "dancing" enemies. The objective is to shoot all 40 enemies before they disappear, for a bonus of at least 10,000 points.

There are a total of 29 stages. You can begin with 1 ship with 2 in reserve or start right out with a dual ship (but only one in reserve).

Some enemies now have the ability to combine into a much larger single enemy that takes multiple shots to destroy. Some enemies explode in a brilliant shower of fireworks when destroyed, and occasionally these enemies drop a small formation of much smaller enemies that "wiggle" their way down the screen. Some enemies arrive in spherical "eggs" and emit a loud, high-pitched noise when hit. These creatures take multiple hits to destroy in flight (just one hit in formation), and their main attack pattern is to move about halfway down the screen, stop, fire multiple shots at once, and then fly straight down off the bottom of the screen. Another type of enemy takes at least five hits to destroy, and it grows larger with each consecutive hit, making it both a larger target and allowing it to act as a shield to other enemies.

Later in the game some enemies are equipped with armor that renders them invincible while in formation. When one of these enemies starts its dive, it will flip over and expose its vulnerable side, then flip over again and become invincible while it moves back up the screen, then flip one more time and finish its dive. While vulnerable, this enemy can be destroyed in one hit, scoring bonus points.

In addition, many different kinds of obstacles appear throughout the game, including blue crystals, boulders and green blobs.


Galaga '90 Game Gear A different part of the stage, where waves of enemies "dance" around you
Galaga '90 Arcade Select Mode.
Galaga '90 Game Gear Number of enemies increasing
Galaga '90 Arcade Here they come.

Alternate Titles

  • "Galaga '91" -- Japanese Game Gear title
  • "Galaga '88" -- Japanese title
  • "Galaga 2" -- European Game Gear title

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User Reviews

A classic, for sure. TurboGrafx-16 CKeen The Great (145)

The Press Says

Video Game Den TurboGrafx-16 Jul 11, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic TurboGrafx-16 Apr 25, 2001 A+ 100
All Game Guide TurboGrafx-16 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Joystick (French) TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Video Games TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Tilt TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1990 15 out of 20 75
Gamers (Germany) Game Gear May, 1993 B 75
Nintendo Life Wii Aug 06, 2007 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx-16 Jan, 1990 6.75 out of 10 68
1UP! TurboGrafx-16 Sep 24, 2012 60 out of 100 60


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Galaga '88 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
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