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Galaxian by BMan2
Game:GalaxianCompany:Namco
Type:ShooterPlayers:1/2

Well folks - we're going to take it back to where it all began - back to the FIRST raster game to use colour back in 1979. Galaxian is a game that borrows heavily from the Space Invaders mould - but add in some colours - and some motion - and you've got quite a challenging game.
Challenging because not only do the aliens move side to side - they charge down the screen in sweeping motions. And as they attack down with streams of pint size bullets cluttering your way - what are you left with to defend yourself? Better get your Space Invaders timing back - because it's STILL one bullet at a time for our hopelessly outnumbered hero. To make matters worse - as you clear more and more of the alien wave - the onslaught gets faster - and with no shields to protect you anymore - this is not an easy task.
Graphically - Galaxian is a surprisingly clear and colourful game. The aliens are well drawn - and move down the screen fluidly. Animation in the game IS at a premium - however - it doesn't detract from the game overall - not bad for 1979 really :P Sonically - Galaxian is the proverbial soundproof booth - with just some sparse effects sounds to fill the void. Functional maybe - but not really a drawcard.
What makes Galaxian an enjoyable game (especially from the viewpoint it was made in the 70's) - is the same thing that makes Space Invaders a classic - it's a challenge - and it's lightweight fun. You certainly don't need a degree to get into Galaxian. And the game IS a challenge - the bullets fly thick and fast - and past the first few levels - it's pretty frantic for your little man in the ship. This combined with the overall neatness of the package makes Galaxian a VERY old game - that still gets a coin dropped in it every now and then at my arcade.
Graphics
8
2
Sound
Play Control
6
8
Challenge
Replay Value
7
7
Performance
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