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Galaxian
Galaxian screenshot
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Midway
Release date(s) 1979
Genre(s) Fixed shooter
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Platform(s) Arcade
Input 2-way Joystick; 1 button
Arcade cabinet Upright, cabaret, and cocktail
Arcade system(s) Namco Galaxian
Arcade display Vertical orientation, Raster

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Description

Galaxian expanded on the formula pioneered by Space Invaders. Like that earlier game, Galaxian featured a horde of attacking alien armies that exchanged shots with the player. In contrast to Space Invaders, however, Galaxian added an element of drama by having the aliens periodically make kamikaze-like dives at the player's ship. Space Invaders is an arcade video game designed by Toshihiro Nishikado in 1978. ... Navy Kamikaze pilot with the rank of Lieutenant (Chui) receives orders, pilots stand at attention in formation. ... The fictional starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...


The gameplay was relatively simple. Swarm after swarm of alien armies attacked the player's ship that moved left and right at the bottom of the screen. The ship could only fire sparingly by default, but rearmed instantly when an enemy was hit. The player would defeat one swarm, only to have it replaced by another more aggressive and challenging army in the next screen. A plain and repetitive starfield scrolled lazily in the background, nicely contrasting with the action of the game.


Galaxian was very successful for Namco. It was the first arcade game to feature true color. Previous arcade games only emulated color by projecting black and white images onto a colored background.


Legacy

Galaxian was so successful that it spawned several follow-up games. The most popular of these was its immediate successor, Galaga, which in a large part eclipsed its predecessor in popularity. Apparently, by the time Gaplus was released, the audience had tired of the repeated formula of the game, which had been exploited by numerous similar games by other developers.


Standard arcade games

Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1981 (and also licensed to Midway). ... Gaplus, far more commonly known as Galaga 3, is a fixed shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1984. ... Galaga 88 is a 1987 arcade game by Namco. ... Galaga Arrangement is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1995 as part of Namco Classics Collection Volume 1. ... Namco Classics Collection Volume 1 is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1995. ...

Arcade Laserdisk

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Special versions

  • Galaxian3 (1990) for 28(!) Players on the Video : 16(!) x 120inch RGB Projectors - 360 Degree Full Wrap Around Screen

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Trivia

  • A Galaxian unit appears in the 1983 movie Joysticks.
  • Other games using the Galaxian name were released, but they were not developed by Namco and are not considered part of the Galaxian canon.
  • Because of its significance to the video game industry, Galaxian is popular among collectors. It is ranked as one of the "Top 100 Videogames" by the Killer List of Videogames.
  • The "official" highest score in a game of Galaxian was achieved by Gary Whelan of Manchester, England on 13 August 2004 when he managed to amass a total of 399,290 points. [1]
  • The video game Gorf, also by Bally Midway, has a Galaxian stage.
  • A version of the game can be unlocked in Midway's Mortal Kombat 3.
  • The game can be seen on the home stretch of various Ridge Racer circuits. On the PlayStation version, whilst the player is waiting for Ridge Racer to load, they can play a quick game of Galaxian. Also, on Ridge Racer 64 and Ridge Racer DS, a car is available called the 'Galaxian Paradise' (in Ridge Racer 64, the car is named "White Angel" like Ridge Racer and Revolution).
  • The boss of the Space Zone in the game Pac-man world for Playstation is inspired by the game Galaxian. However, the stage itself is similar to Galaga.
  • Galaxian was one of the most widely pirated motherboards during the early 80s. Numerous hacks were made of the game and featured slightly redesigned aliens and special bonus stages. The scrolling starfield and the lose-a-life explosion was still familiar as the one from Galaxian.

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Games featuring the Galaxian flagship

The Galaxian flagship (also called the Galboss, as seen in the 2006 releases of Pac-Man and Galaga for the Xbox 360) has made numerous cameo appearances in other Namco games. Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ... Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1981 (and also licensed to Midway). ... The SEXbox 360 is the successor to Microsofts Xbox video game console, developed in co-operation with IBM, ATI, Samsung and SiS. Information on the console first came through viral marketing campaigns and it was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information...

  • Pac-Man (1980): The flagship makes an appearance as a bonus fruit on rounds 9 and 10, and is worth 2000 points if eaten.
  • Galaga (1981): The flagship makes an appearance as one of the "suicide ships". It splits into 2, then 3 clones of itself. If all 3 are killed, they are worth 3000 points.
  • Dig Dug (1982): The flagship makes an appearance as a bonus vegetable on rounds 16 and 17, and is worth 7000 points if eaten.
  • Super Pac-Man (1982): All regular edible items on round 15 are flagships, and they are worth 150 points each.
  • Pac-Man Plus (1982): The flagship's role is exactly the same as its role in Pac-Man.
  • Pac & Pal (1983): The flagship makes an appearance as one of the "special items" that make Pac-Man turn blue when eaten, and allows him to stun the ghosts for a short while by shooting a Galaga style capture beam. It is worth 1000 points if eaten.
  • Pac-Land (1984): The ghosts in airplanes sometimes drop flagships and they are worth 7650 points if eaten.
  • Super Xevious (1984): The flagship makes an appearance in a silver form and as an enemy, and sometimes several of them attack at once. They are worth 300 points each.
  • Pac-Mania (1987): The flagship makes an appearance as a special fruit and in 2 forms as well, the other one being the silver form from Super Xevious. The regular one is 7650 points if eaten, and the silver one is 9000 points if eaten.
  • Pistol Daimyo no Bouken (1990): The flagship makes an appearance as an enemy along with the other Galaxian characters,and they attempt to hit Pistol Daimyo with their fire. [2]
  • Tinkle Pit (1993): The flagship also makes an appearance with the other Galaxian characters, but this time they appear as bonus items. It is worth 800 points if collected.
  • Tekken 2 (1995 - Arcade, 1996 - PlayStation): Win at least 7 or 8 rounds in Arcade Vs. Mode and you'll see the Galaxian flagship on the lower left (or right) hand corner of the screen. In order for this to work, you must set "Number of Wins Shown By" to "Fruit".
  • Namco Classics Collection Volume 2 (1996): The flagship appears in both Pac-Man Arrangement and Dig Dug Arrangement. In Pac-Man Arrangement, it is worth 5000 points if eaten, and in Dig Dug Arrangement, it is worth 7000 points if eaten.
  • Pac-Man World 2 (2002): The flagship appears again as an item.
  • Pac-Man World 3 (2005): The flagship continues its long line of Pac-Man appearances.

Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ... Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1981 (and also licensed to Midway). ... Dig Dug is an arcade game released by Namco in 1982. ... Super Pac-Man, released in 1982, is the 3rd (2nd if you count official games) in the Pac-Man series of games. ... Pac-Man Plus is an arcade game released by Bally Midway in 1982, and it was the 4th title in the Pac-Man series of games. ... Pac and Pal was an arcade game created by Namco in 1983. ... Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1981 (and also licensed to Midway). ... Pac-Land is an entry in the Pac-Man series of arcade video games, released into arcades by Namco, and its American distributor Bally Midway, in 1984. ... Super Xevious is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1984. ... Pac-Mania was the last arcade video game in the Pac-Man series, released in 1987 by Namco, while liscensed in the United States and other countries by Atari. ... Pistol Daimyo no Bouken (Adventure of the Pistol Feudal Lord) is a horizontal scrolling shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in 1990 only in Japan. ... Tinkle Pit (Japanese: ティンクルピット) is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1993. ... Namco Classics Collection Volume 1 is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1995. ... Galaga Arrangement is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1995 as part of Namco Classics Collection Volume 1. ... Tekken 2 is the second installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The original PlayStation was produced in a light grey colour; the more recent PSOne redesign sports a smaller more rounded case. ... Namco Classics Collection Volume 2 is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1996. ... Pac-Man Arrangement is a remake of sorts to the hit game Pac-Man. ... Pac-Man World was released on the 20th anniversary of the creation of Pac-Man. ... Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ... Pac-Man World 2 is a video game by Namco for Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, and PC released in 2002 . ... Pac-Man World 3 is a video game that was released on November 15, 2005 in North America. ...

External links

Galaxian series
Arcade titles: GalaxianGalagaGaplus/Galaga 3Galaga '88 - Galaga Arrangement
Laserdisc/Special Edition titles: Galaxian³Attack of the Zolgear
See also: List of Namco games

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