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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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GotNext Wii Dec 11, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZone Wii Jan 15, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GamingTrend Nintendo DS Apr, 2008 510 out of 600 85
Worth Playing Nintendo DS Jan 25, 2008 8.4 out of 10 84
GamePro (US) Wii Feb, 2008 4 out of 5 80
GamesCollection Wii Feb 04, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Daily Wii Feb 05, 2008 8 out of 10 80
N-Europe Wii Mar 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Wii Jan 18, 2008 15 out of 20 75
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Wii Jan 22, 2008 7 out of 10 70


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