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Galaga by BMan2
Game:GalagaCompany:Namco
Type:ShooterPlayers:1/2

Way way back before I was born - someone had a vision of a spaceship shooting some Space Invaders - and a genre was born. With monochrome graphcis and all - Space Invaders revolutionised the entire video game industry. But, there's always room for improvement - and what would happen if the invaders moved fluidly down the screen - rather from side to side? Galaxian is the answer - and the people were happy again. But as the 80's pushed on in - bigger was better - and the arcade minions screamed in true Trekkie style: "We want more POWER!"
Enter Galaga. Galaga is a shooter that has it's roots FIRMLY planted in Space Invaders - but gave the arcade shoot-em-up fan something they hadn't seen before - two guns! And remember - bigger is better :)
The idea of Galaga is as old as the hills - the classic struggle between good and evil - or in other words, shoot them before they shoot you. Simple. But Space Invaders it isn't - and those little alien critters now come flying in from all angles - with bullets that seem to just home on your spaceship - often leaving you with a REAL sense of hopelessness with the joystick. Add into this some "challenging" stages to build up the points coffer - and Galaga turns out a real challenge for the shooter fan.
Enter the gun ... :) Galaga for the first time gave you the chance to double up your firepower to help overwhelm the alien minions - a real help seeing as you were only allowed two shots on screen at a time. However, to achieve this - you first had to be captured by the high aliens - losing you a life in the process. On restart - if you are able to destroy the offending alien - your captured ship falls back to earth and joins in your offensive arsenal. However, shoot the ship - or shoot the alien while stationary - and bye bye ship - and one of your precious three lives. Also, the player soon discovers that two ships not only only offers twice the firepower - it offers twice the width - making you an MUCH easier target for the ever increasing alien onslaught.
But did you care? Bring it on the gamers said - showing off the dual gun feature like the almost phallic feature it was :)
Graphics on Galaga are fluid and even quite detailed in the alien sprite. As for sound - well - I'm sure most hardcore arcade fans could happily whistle the 10 seconds of title music you get. Sound effects are - well - sparse - but you hear the shooting - and the blips are in appropriate places .. I guess. It was 1981 remember - we'll let em live for that one :)
So, are two guns better than one. Bet your life they are. Galaga is an old game - that improved on an older one - and did it well. I'll bet money that the arcade minded amongst stil can't resist dropping the appropriate small change in the slot on the rare occasion of finding this machine. A true classic - don't leave it out of your arcade collecion.
Graphics
8
7
Sound
Play Control
8
8
Challenge
Replay Value
6
8
Performance
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