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Like its parent, the Xbox Live Arcade game Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, Galaxies has the player control a ship that can shoot and travel in 8 directions and is controlled primarily with analog sticks and a single button to activate bombs. The playing space is a flat 2D plane, but unlike Evolved there are multiple planes (or levels) that vary in size and shape. The planes are typically a near-black background lit up with a grid, but enemies are brightly colored shapes that fill the screen with particles and colors when attacking the player.

Galaxies differs from Retro Evolved in that the single-player component has many different levels rather than the single provided in Evolved, each with its own set of score goals. Galaxies also adds a new mechanic of the drone, which acts as a helper ship that can perform one user-selected duty at a time such as rotating shield, secondary shooter, backwards shooter, etc.

The Wii version includes Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved and can interface with the Nintendo DS to download the demo to the system, as well as to unlock new features, including a hidden version of Geometry Wars: Waves.


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Armchair Empire, The Nintendo DS Jan 23, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Console Obsession Wii 2008 9 out of 10 90
Console Monster Wii May 10, 2008 85 out of 100 85 Nintendo DS Jan 17, 2008 83 out of 100 83
DS-x2 Wii 2008 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Daily Wii Feb 05, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Wii Jan 17, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Wii Jan 18, 2008 15 out of 20 75
Boomtown Wii Feb 18, 2008 7 out of 10 70
UOL Jogos Nintendo DS Jan 15, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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