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Galaga (NES)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Galaga NES More dangerous alien ships attack
Galaga NES Japan Title screen
Galaga NES Title screen
Galaga NES Alien ships attack

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 *Katakis* (37844) unrated

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Sep 24, 2004 A 100
NES Times Apr 03, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Joystick (French) Apr, 1990 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1989 8 out of 12 67
Retroage Jul 04, 2013 6 out of 10 60
VideoGame Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play May, 1989 60 out of 100 60

Forums

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

Trivia

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.

Release

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.

Awards

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


Information also contributed by Sciere and FatherJack

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PCGamer77 (3026) added Galaga (NES) on Feb 11, 2003
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