DescriptionGalaxy Game is a conversion of one of the earliest video games ever produced, Spacewar. Released in September of 1971, it is the first known arcade game - beating yet another Spacewar conversion, Computer Space, by mere 2 months. The game was never mass-produced and was only available at the Tresidder Union Coffee House at Stanford University.
With monochrome vector graphics, Galaxy Game is a space shooter where two players try to blow up each other's spaceship. Besides firing, players can rotate their ships left and right, thrust forward, and jump to hyperspace, reappearing at a random (potentially dangerous) location. Both ships have a limited amount of fuel that is consumed over time and as the players use their engines and the hyperspace ability. A ship explodes when it runs out of fuel.
One of the most interesting gameplay elements of the game is the gravitational pull caused by a star in the middle of the screen, which both players must avoid colliding into. However, this feature can be disabled by setting one of the machine's control switches.
The game also features a single-player mode for practice.
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Related Web Sites
- Computer Space and the Dawn of the Arcade Video Game -- An article on the history of Computer Space that contains some interesting information about Galaxy Game.
- Galaxy Game at Arcade History -- Additional information about the game including a cabinet picture and a (real) screenshot.
- Galaxy Game at Stanford's Computer History Exhibits page -- Lots of interesting information about the game, covering its entire lifetime.
- Galaxy Game at The International Arcade Museum -- Various information about the game, including some cabinet pictures.
- Galaxy Game's Wikipedia page -- Additional information about the game.
- Stanford Alumni article from Bill Pitts -- Bill Pitts shares his memories from his time as a Stanford student and the story of Galaxy Game.
- The Golden Age Arcade Historian -- Blog entry with an in-depth interview with Bill Pitts, one of the creators of the game.