Galaxian expands on the formula pioneered by Space Invaders. Like that earlier game, Galaxian features a horde of attacking alien armies that exchanged shots with the player. In contrast to Space Invaders, however, Galaxian adds an element of drama by having the aliens periodically make kamikaze-like dives at the player's ship.
The gameplay is fiendishly addictive. Swarm after swarm of alien armies attacked the player's ship that moves left and right at the bottom of the screen. The ship can only fire sparingly by default, with just one shot on screen at a time, but rearmed instantly when an enemy is hit or the shot leaves the top of the screen. The player defeats one swarm, only to have it replaced by another more aggressive and challenging army in the next screen.
Galaxian was very successful for Namco and introduced several "firsts". Although true color (as opposed to a colour overlay for a game that was otherwise black and white) began appearing as early as 1975, Galaxian took graphics a step further with multi-colored animated sprites and explosions, a theme song, different coloured fonts for the score and high score, more prominent background "music" and the scrolling starfield, and graphic icons that show the number of ships left and how many rounds the player had completed. These elements combined to create a look/feel that set the standard for 80s arcade games.
This arcade machine is an original. If you're looking for a brand new machine in perfect condition this may not be for you. If you're looking for the real thing, an arcade machine that conjours up memories of when you used to have to beg for another 10p to just have one more go, then this will be the machine for you. We take time sourcing our machines to ensure they're in good condition for their age to provide you with a machine that lights up your memories.
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