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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Atari 5200 release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.6
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. -
Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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Galaxian suffers from poor control on the 5200. It's a great game robbed of greatness by lack of control.
Retro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
Galaxian s’offre sur Atari 5200 un portage qui n’a pas trop à rougir de la comparaison avec la borne. Certes, les graphismes sont un peu différents, et le format de la fenêtre de jeu ne reproduit pas exactement ce qu’on avait connu sur la borne, mais en termes ludiques, cela reste assez équivalent. Bref, une approche abordable de « l’arcade à domicile ».
Had a Galaxian cartridge come out two years ago, this would be a four-joystick review. And if you haven't seen some of the incredible new games the arcade and home manufacturers are making, Galaxian may still thrill you. But if you played Galaxian a while back and now you've moved on to Zaxxon and Subroc, you should search for other playfields to conquer.
The Video Game Critic (May 03, 2008)
The crude audio effects are another black eye. The rhythmic "cadence" sounds like a constipated robot, and the explosions sound like rubber bands and trashcan lids. Once you get on a roll, it sounds like you're beating up the black guy from the Police Academy movies! After my original disparaging review of this game, a thoughtful reader informed me that I should play this using the track-ball controller. I'm glad I did, because the track-ball provides a fine degree of precision that even surpasses the arcade game! In fact, if you own one of these massive controllers, you can safely bump up the grade by not one but two whole letter grades! On a side note, my friend Mike taught me an alternate way of playing Galaxian - by not shooting at all! That's right, this "boogie style" of play is done by touching the missile on the tip of your cannon to oncoming aliens. Now there's a challenge!
The Atari Times (Dec 05, 2006)
Galaxian should have been one of those games that should have helped sell the 5200 system. Sadly, the terrible sound effects, poor controls, and repetitive game play ruin this classic shoot em up so the whole title acted as video game repellent. This game was never one of favourites to begin with but this version made it even worse because of the extremely sloppy translation here. Avoid Galaxian for the 5200 unless you need another hockey puck.

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