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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 TurboGrafx-16 Stage 1
Galaga '88 TurboGrafx-16 Select a ship: single or dual
Galaga '88 TurboGrafx-16 Title screen
Galaga '88 TurboGrafx-16 Stage 3

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 Game Gear spelling
  • "ギャラガ'88" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A classic, for sure. CKeen The Great (165) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Apr 25, 2001 A+ 100
Video Game Den Jul 11, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Joystick (French) Mar, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Video Games Mar, 1991 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1989 86 out of 100 86
Tilt Mar, 1990 15 out of 20 75
Classic-games.net Mar 23, 2022 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1990 27 out of 40 68
1UP! Sep 24, 2012 60 out of 100 60


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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.
Eric Smith (2979) added Galaga '88 (TurboGrafx-16) on Feb 02, 2007
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