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Galaxian suffers from poor control on the 5200. It's a great game robbed of greatness by lack of control.
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 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!
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.