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- Galaxian -

Galaxian is a shoot'em up that looks a lot like the classic space invaders at first glance and in fact it does play a lot like it. Once you start the game however you'll realize that the pace of this game is much faster and the aliens who are treathening you will fly at you at well instead of just mindlessly going from left to right.

The main part of the game is very simple: shoot the aliens that are threathening you while trying to stay alive for as long as possible. There are a number of different enemies which you can notice by their color or shape but the more special they are the more they are on the top of the screen so they are protected by their lesser cousins. The aliens will move from left to right and once they reach the end of the screen they will lower themselves one line until either you or all of them are destroyed. The fewer aliens there are the faster they move so be carefull not to blast them randomly but try to take out the outer ones first. There is no protection for you whatsoever and you are armed only with a single blaster. The aliens are not defenceless either and they will shoot at you from a distance at random intervals. The dangerous ones will fly out of the pack in an arc towards you so you'll have to avoid their fire as well as a direct collision with them. Once you take out all the enemies it's onto the next level.

This game plays and feels a lot like space invaders indeed but the fact that the enemies actually move out of the pack and towards you is a big addition, remember we're talking about the early eighties here. I'm sure there are many people out there who've played this game in the arcades before and since there are no special graphics and such the home versions were very true to the original. Give it a go for old time sake I'd say.

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for many different systems here are some notes:
Apple Released in 1983.
Like so many old apple game this has some odd colors but the game's pretty much there.
Atari 2600 Released in 1983.
The least powerfull system but overall pretty identitcal to the others.
BBC Micro Released in 1984.
Called galaxians but otherwise it's the same.
C64 Released in 1983.
Due the C64's graphics all the sprites look a bit wide.
Colecovision Released in 1983.
This system never ceases to amaze me with it's clear graphics so if you are gonna try it this is the one to go for. It's also included in the KOLEKO emulator.
DOS Released in 1983.
Not bad looking but the game runs extremely fast on any PC.
Others These versions are not available.
Atari 8-bit released in 1982, the first home version.
Atari 5200 released in 1982.
MSX released in 1984.
Vic-20 released in 1984.

Date added May-10-2006 14:50
Name Galaxian
Developer Namco limited
Publisher Atarisoft
First released 1982
Genre Action
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Download Apple, filesize: 21 Kb
Atari 2600, filesize: 6 Kb
BBC Micro, filesize: 7 Kb
Colecovision, filesize: 12 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 6 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 12 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 481 Kb
Zip contains the scanned manual for the Atari 2600.
Solve / Docs No solve available
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