Review: Galaga

NES Review

NOTE: This is Virtual Console review. As such, there's none of the usual scoring at the end.Just text and a quick verdict.

Galaga, the sequel to Galaxian, graced many a platform in the day, including the NES. Originally released 7 years before the NES even existed, this game didn't push the console at all. However, that doesn't mean this game is boring... not at all. You take control of a small space ship, where you can fire rockets to destroy the enemies which fly from the top of the screen and swoop down at you. To finish each level, all you have to do is kill all the enemies in one level. The more and more you go up the levels, the tougher the game gets. More enemies drop and your shooting rate never increases.

This simple style of gameplay still holds up fantastically. It is incredibly frantic. Almost heart pounding at times when you hear the familiar "choooooo" sound of a falling ship as you desperately try to dodge it. If you can't tell, I'm quite a fan of this game. Although it hasn't aged well, it plays great. The game uses simple sprite graphics, but they are colourful and eye catching. There is some music, which is instantly recognisable and the sound effects are basic but well made.

The only downside is that the game is of course an arcade game and that is all you get. Game start and options: even the two player mode is just alternate. Also, this game is currently available on Xbox Live Arcade, a far better version too with updated graphics, sound and online leader boards. So if you own a 360, buy the cheaper and better version.

Verdict: Great shooter, if a little basic.

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