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aka: Arcade Game Series: Galaga, Galaga: Demons of Death, Galax, Sega-Galaga

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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.


  • ギャラガ - Japanese spelling

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Subject User Date
Bug of Hit Ratio / Number of Hits on MSX version 486pc (14624) 2013-01-18 19:13:21


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.


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.


  • 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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Game added by PCGamer77.

SG-1000, SEGA Master System added by Andrew Fisher. Arcade, Nintendo 3DS added by GTramp. Wii U added by Michael Cassidy. PC-98, Sharp X1, Sharp MZ-80K/700/800/1500 added by Infernos. BlackBerry added by firefang9212. Atari 7800 added by RKL. Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 added by Sciere. BREW, J2ME, Roku, Windows added by Kabushi. MSX added by Martin Smith. Wii added by gamewarrior. Palm OS, Windows Mobile, FM-7, Sord M5 added by Игги Друге.

Additional contributors: Servo, Freeman, Игги Друге, Andrew Fisher, Patrick Bregger, Starbuck the Third, FatherJack, Evolyzer.

Game added February 12th, 2003. Last modified March 17th, 2023.