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User Reviews

Much better than its PC counterpart NES Katakis | ă‚«ă‚żă‚­ă‚č (42880)
Easy to pick up and play but difficult to master. Quite addicting! NES Ivan Obretenov (33)
An extremely faithful conversion of the original arcade game. PC Booter Trixter (9115)
A solid Space Invaders clone. PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4634)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Apple II 6 4.0
Arcade 15 3.6
Atari 2600 16 3.4
Atari 5200 8 3.5
Atari 8-bit 6 4.0
ColecoVision 7 4.2
Commodore 64 10 3.0
FM-7 Awaiting 5 votes...
MSX 5 3.9
NES 20 3.4
Palm OS Awaiting 5 votes...
PC-6001 Awaiting 5 votes...
PC-88 5 3.9
PC Booter 12 3.5
Sharp Zaurus Awaiting 5 votes...
Sharp X1 Awaiting 5 votes...
VIC-20 5 3.9
Wii Awaiting 5 votes...
ZX Spectrum 7 4.0
Combined User Score 122 3.6

Critic Reviews

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ColecoVisionThe Video Game Critic (Mar 03, 2001)
Here's one of the few cases where the home version of a game is actually BETTER than the arcade! This adaptation of the classic space shooter is absolutely superb in every way. The graphics are so detailed you can even see the fluttering wings of the swooping aliens. Your ship's explosion is impressive - far better than the arcade. Even the sound effects have a crystal clear, 3D quality to them. This game is hard though. On the intermediate skill level I found it almost impossible to take out both escorts and the boss, a task I'm usually proficient at. What really makes this game special is the speed. Your shots move much faster than the arcade game, but this is offset by aliens who are faster and more aggressive. Overall, it's pretty spectacular. If Atari could do this, why is the Atari 5200 version so bad?
Atari 2600Woodgrain Wonderland (Feb 23, 2017)
Galaxian for the Atari 2600 is a technical marvel (let’s just say there’s a reason why it took so long to appear on the system) and is overall a fine port of the arcade original. There are things that bug me, like the size of the cannon (too large) and the fact that the programmers decided to put an orange wall around the playfield. Minor quibbles, though, for a game that is just as much Galaxian as any other version of Galaxian (in the case of the Atari 5200 version, perhaps moreso considering that port feels like an entirely different game even without taking into account the awful controls).
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic (Nov 17, 2009)
Fear not - this is one of the more exciting and frenetic shooters for the Atari 2600. Your shots travel rapidly and holding down the fire button initiates continuous fire. In later stages multiple aliens glide across the screen at a time, so you'll need to avoid collisions as well as falling bombs. Pay special attention to those dangerous purple ships that make extra-wide sweeps. You can usually "thread the needle" between the falling bombs, but take care not to get trapped in the corners. Galaxian has a nice flow to it, and once you get in a zone you can pick off as many as dozen aliens in a row. As with the original arcade game, it's possible to blast two with a single shot, and dude - that is awesome. The audio effects perfectly recreate the same pulsating electronic sounds you'd associate with a typical alien invasion (we've all been there). With solid gameplay and nine skill levels, Galaxian delivers pure shooting satisfaction.
Atari 2600The Atari Times (Apr 08, 2002)
Still, this is a solid title that's easy to find and is a welcome addition to any Atari 2600 collection. Sure, it plays like an updated Space Invaders, but that's perfectly fine -- a game that offers a novel twist on an established formula is typically enjoyable.
ColecoVision8-bit Central Retro Gaming (2012)
Galaxian is an arcade classic that needed a speed boost, but didn't get one until it's release for Colecovision. Its a great game and this is the version we love to play most. It looks & sound great and the aliens are challenging with increased speed over the arcade release. How often is a home console release an improvement?!?
ArcadeEurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 25, 2007)
Galaxian is a game so underrated that it's almost impossible for me to walk past a Space Invaders machine without throwing it a dirty look and shake of the finger. Galaxian is a masterpiece adrift in a sea of mediocrity, and far too much of its hard earned historical thunder has been stolen by Taito's original coin guzzler.
You can put up with the graphics though, it's sound that suffers here most. It really is awful with obnoxious effects, half-assed attempts at music and even sounds that play at the wrong time! It controls much better than its 5200 cousin, thanks to a digital joystick, but that is scant consolation really. Sure it is still Galaxian and it is a fun game when you get past the flaws but you just cannot help but think Atari should have done so much better here!
Atari 2600neXGam (Jun 27, 2013)
Galaxian macht Spass! Punkt! Ich schiebe dieses Modul regelmĂ€ĂŸig in den Schacht meines Juniors und auch wĂ€hrend des aufĂŒhrlichen Tests habe ich eine lange Zeit gezockt. Das Gameplay ist schnell und fĂŒr ein Atari 2600 Spiel ist eine Unmenge auf dem Bildschirm los. Hier kann man auch einige Runden Spielen, ohne wie bei Space Invaders mit seinem Leben dafĂŒr zahlen zu mĂŒssen, weil man zu langsam war, den letzten Alien rechtzeitig zu erwischen. Dennoch fĂ€llt bei einem solchen Vergleich schmerzhaft auf, dass die schon angesprochenen Spielvariationen fehlen. Einen Fan des Genres darf dies aber nicht abhalten. Eine solche Perle sollte man nicht verpassen!
Atari 2600Computer Games (Sep, 1983)
Fans of the arcade game will not be disappointed. The aliens are multicolored and they're pretty well detailed. The sound effects are similar to those in Space Invaders, and make you feel as if these creatures are really marching. Some people may be tired of this type of game, since it lacks the surprise of newer contests for the VCS.
Galaxian pales in comparison to Galaga - a personal fave - but one needs to remember the timeline of when these games were originally available. Galaxian is a great game and still cool to play for fun and nostalgia. Pop it up to one of the higher skill levels to see what a frantically wonderful game this can be.
Atari 2600VideoGame (Aug, 1991)
Galaxian é mais um jogo de batalha espacial. Sua nave deve derrotar os inimigos que atacam em bloco. Mas cuidado, pois eles se transformam em påssaros que lançam bombas na sua nave.
ZX SpectrumYour Spectrum (Apr, 1985)
Another very good Atarisoft offering that seems to have all the features of the original. The sound is good, the action fast and it plays superbly. Well worth collecting, if only for the nostalgic value.
Atari 2600Computer and Video Games (CVG) (Dec, 1983)
Galaxians is a classy reproduction of the arcade game and one that deserves to be in all shoot-em-up fans games collection.
Atari 8-bitComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Apr, 1983)
Galaxians is a tried and successfully tested arcade game. I could not fight off the tiniest twinge of boredom, however, as I blasted the umpteenth alien. Surely a company like Atari who were big enough to market Pacman when everyone else was blasting aliens doesn't need to revert back to blasting aliens in 1983? I hope not anyway. I'm getting slightly tired of being a space ace! Still, a good home conversion of a classic arcade game and, if you can afford it, a nice one to have in the collection.
Atari 2600Game Freaks 365 (2002)
In terms of replay value, you're looking at a game where the only real replay value comes from trying to beat your high score. But this game is entertaining enough that you just may want to do that a bit. The gameplay doesn't seem overly dated today (other than the lack of rapid fire), and this game is easily as fun now as it would have been then. If you are a fan of the Atari 2600, this is a game to look for.
Commodore 64Micro 7 (Jun, 1984)
Le plus célÚbre des envahisseurs de l'espace. Quelques petites imprécisions dans le mécanisme des combats par rapport à la version d'arcade, mais le graphisme général vaut le déplacement.
NESRetro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
Dommage que cette version de Galaxian n’ait jamais daignĂ© quitter le Japon, car dans le domaine de « l’arcade Ă  domicile », on touchait dĂ©jĂ  Ă  la perfection. Pratiquement rien ne manque dans un portage en tous points aussi agrĂ©able Ă  jouer que la borne.
ArcadeRetro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
PensĂ© comme une rĂ©ponse au Space Invaders de Taito, le titre de Namco repose sur un concept tout aussi basique: un seul Ă©cran, une seule vague, un seul objectif. La simplicitĂ© reste la grande force qui permet au jeu de continuer Ă  se montrer addictif, mĂȘme plus de quarante ans aprĂšs sa sortie: les stratĂ©gies sont Ă©videntes, mais elles demandent une prĂ©cision de tous les instants, des rĂ©flexes Ă  la hauteur et juste ce qu'il faut de sang-froid pour analyser le comportement de l'I.A. et parvenir Ă  la dompter. C'est l'exemple-type du programme qui a dĂ©voilĂ© tout ce qu'il avait Ă  offrir au bout de trente secondes, mais sur lequel on peut se retrouver Ă  engloutir des heures prĂ©cisĂ©ment parce que la courbe d'apprentissage ne tient qu'Ă  l'observation, Ă  l'assimilation et Ă  l'apprentissage de ce qui se passe au cours de ces trente secondes: un logiciel amusant prĂ©cisĂ©ment parce qu'il ne surprend jamais, et qui pourra toujours ĂȘtre jouĂ© tel quel dans un siĂšcle. InaltĂ©rable.
Galaxian suffers from poor control on the 5200. It's a great game robbed of greatness by lack of control.
MSXRetro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
Galaxian sur MSX ne restitue peut-ĂȘtre pas exactement l’expĂ©rience de la borne, mais on commence nĂ©anmoins Ă  s’en approcher de maniĂšre suffisamment convaincante pour ne plus y penser aprĂšs quelques secondes. Un bon portage qui n’a aucune raison d’ĂȘtre boudĂ©.
ColecoVisionRetro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
Une trĂšs bonne version de Galaxian pour la ColecoVision, qui nous rappelle par-lĂ  mĂȘme sa capacitĂ© Ă  proposer de bonnes alternatives aux bornes de la fin des annĂ©es 70 et du dĂ©but des annĂ©es 80. Si on perd quelques fioritures, le rĂ©sultat reste supĂ©rieur Ă  ce qu’on pouvait trouver sur Atari 5200.
PC BooterRetro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
En 1983, le PC dĂ©montrait dĂ©jĂ  toutes ses limites en termes de graphismes et de son. Mais pour ce qui est de la fidĂ©litĂ© Ă  la borne et de la qualitĂ© du gameplay, difficile de s’en prendre Ă  cette version de Galaxian trĂšs bien programmĂ©e qui offre trĂšs exactement ce qu’on pouvait considĂ©rer comme une expĂ©rience optimale sur la machine d’IBM Ă  l’époque. Une bonne pioche.
ZX SpectrumRetro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
Galaxian sur ZX Spectrum fait le travail sans chercher en rien Ă  transcender les capacitĂ©s de la machine qui l’hĂ©berge. On regrettera que la partie sonore se limite au minimum vital, mais pour l’essentiel, cela reste une bonne adaptation du hit de Namco.
Atari 8-bitRetro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
À hardware Ă©quivalent, version Ă©quivalente: Galaxian sur Atari 8 bits reproduit exactement la version publiĂ©e sur Atari 5200, ni plus, ni moins. Une autre occasion de dĂ©couvrir une expĂ©rience assez fidĂšle Ă  celle de la borne.
Atari 5200Retro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
Galaxian s’offre sur Atari 5200 un portage qui n’a pas trop Ă  rougir de la comparaison avec la borne. Certes, les graphismes sont un peu diffĂ©rents, et le format de la fenĂȘtre de jeu ne reproduit pas exactement ce qu’on avait connu sur la borne, mais en termes ludiques, cela reste assez Ă©quivalent. Bref, une approche abordable de « l’arcade Ă  domicile ».
Commodore 64Retro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
DĂ©ception pour ce Galaxian sur Commodore 64 programmĂ© par-dessus la jambe, et qui offre une version trop lente et trop limitĂ©e techniquement pour son propre bien. On peut toujours s’amuser, mais autant aller dĂ©couvrir le titre sur une autre machine.
Atari 2600Retro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
L’Atari 2600 tousse un peu au moment d’offrir son portage de Galaxian, mais s’en sort finalement assez bien. Certes, on commence Ă  se sentir un peu Ă  l’étroit dans une version qui va Ă  l’essentiel, mais on peut toujours s’amuser, ce qui est vraiment la seule chose importante.
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.
Atari 2600Tilt (Sep, 1983)
Ce jeu, au principe bien connu, a toutes les chances de « marcher » auprÚs des amateurs de combats spatiaux. L'idée de base est celle de Space Invaders : plusieurs rangées d'attaquants se déplacent en haut de votre écran en mitraillant le sol. Vous, aux commandes de votre canon laser, vous tentez de les abattre, sans, bien entendu, vous faire toucher. Dans ce jeu, une amélioration trÚs sensible intervient : certains membres de l'escadron volant se détachent et foncent vers vous en vous arrosant de missiles.
FĂŒr den MSX sind die 10 Mark wirklich eine lohnende Anlage, und das auch fĂŒr die, die von den heutigen, pompösen und grafisch aufwendigen Shoot ‘em up‘s verwöhnt sind, Denn - eines kann man dem Spiel nicht absprechen - es macht auch Spaß! Dieser nimmt zwar mit zunehmender Spieldauer ab, aber bedenkt bitte, daß das Game immerhin schon neun Jahre alt ist! PS: Die Benotung erfolgt natĂŒrlich nach heutigen MaßstĂ€ben.
VIC-20Retro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
Inutile d’accabler un VIC-20 dotĂ© d’évidentes lacunes dans le domaine ludique: Galaxian y fait ce qu’il peut, mais reste une version sensiblement appauvrie et altĂ©rĂ©e de la borne originale. À rĂ©server aux musĂ©es plus qu’aux joueurs.
Apple IIRetro Archives (Aug 04, 2021)
L’inconvĂ©nient avec un concept simple comme celui de Galaxian, c’est qu’on ne peut dĂ©finitivement pas se permettre d’en retirer quelque chose. Avec des vagues dĂ©sormais privĂ©es de plus de la moitiĂ© de leur contenu, cette itĂ©ration Apple II se rate en beautĂ©, et ne reprĂ©sentera aujourd’hui une alternative pour personne, mĂȘme parmi les nostalgiques de la machine. À oublier.
Atari 5200The 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!
Atari 5200The 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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