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Galaga '88 takes the basic gameplay of Galaga and adds higher-quality graphics, triple ship abilities, parsec progression, power-ups, asteroids, bosses and other enhancements. Periodically the player encounters Challenging Stages, which are set to music and feature "dancing" enemies. The objective is to shoot all 40 enemies before they disappear, for a bonus of at least 10,000 points. There are a total of 29 stages. The player can begin with one ship with two in reserve or start right out with a dual ship (but only one in reserve).

Some enemies now have the ability to combine into a much larger single enemy that takes multiple shots to destroy. Others explode in a brilliant shower of fireworks when destroyed, and occasionally these enemies drop a small formation of much smaller enemies that "wiggle" their way down the screen. Some enemies arrive in spherical "eggs" and emit a loud, high-pitched noise when hit. These creatures take multiple hits to destroy in flight (just one hit in formation), and their main attack pattern is to move about halfway down the screen, stop, fire multiple shots at once, and then fly straight down off the bottom of the screen. Another type of enemy takes at least five hits to destroy, and it grows larger with each consecutive hit, making it both a larger target and allowing it to act as a shield to other enemies.

Later in the game some enemies are equipped with armor that renders them invincible while in formation. When one of these enemies starts its dive, it will flip over and expose its vulnerable side, then flip over again and become invincible while it moves back up the screen, then flip one more time and finish its dive. While vulnerable, this enemy can be destroyed in one hit, scoring bonus points. In addition, many different kinds of obstacles appear throughout the game, including blue crystals, boulders and green blobs.


Galaga '88 Arcade Still swooping in.
Galaga '88 Game Gear Title screen
Galaga '88 Arcade Next stage.
Galaga '88 Wii Select Mode

Promo Images

Galaga '88 Screenshot
Galaga '88 Screenshot
Galaga '88 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Galaga '91" -- Japanese Game Gear title
  • "Galaga '90" -- US TurboGrafx-16 title
  • "Galaga 2" -- European Game Gear title
  • "ギャラガ'91" -- Japanese spelling (Game Gear title)

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User Reviews

A classic, for sure. TurboGrafx-16 CKeen The Great (165)

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Game Gear Dec, 1991 90 out of 100 90
All Game Guide TurboGrafx-16 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Video Games TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1991 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) TurboGrafx-16 Apr, 1989 86 out of 100 86
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Game Gear Feb, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Sonic the Comic Game Gear Jul 24, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx-16 Jan, 1990 27 out of 40 68
1UP! TurboGrafx-16 Sep 24, 2012 60 out of 100 60
Retro Gamer Wii Sep 13, 2007 Unscored Unscored


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Galaga '88 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
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