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Release year: 1985 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Namco

Galaga (NES)

Galaga: Demons of Death (AKA ギャラガ Hepburn: Gyaraga in Japan) is a japanese 2D, shoot ’em up arcade video game developed and published by Namco in 1981. Its NES version was released in 1985 and has been one of the most well-loved arcade games for the Nintendo system since then. Also, this game is the sequel to 1979’s Galaxian.

Gameplay is quite simplistic. Similar to the game Space Invaders, in Galaga you are to control a spaceship at the bottom of the screen, moving it left and right while shooting away insect-like opponents and avoiding enemy shot or collision.

Think black background with colorful winged objects flying into the screen from the top and from the sides. These objects are your enemies and they enter the game in groups. Your goal in Galaga is to destroy all of them before their bullets hit you or before they crash into you, and you have three attempts (three lives) to do just that.

Simple as the game may seem, it is still challenging and requires not only focus but also strategy. Notice that each enemy cluster has a certain pattern in terms of game entry, flight, and assembly. Take note of these to time your movements accordingly.

During the advanced stages of Galaga for the NES, though, you have to be more careful. As expected, enemies will become harder and harder to beat. Some are even going to break away from their groups to try to crash into you.

One strategy you can do, however, is to allow one of them to catch you – a tactic that only works when you still have spare lives. What happens then is that your next available ship will come into play, shooting all enemies until you are released, and then there will already be two of your shooting. Now that’s double the firepower on Galaga!

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Also, in addition to the normal stages, Galaga offers a bonus or “Challenging Stage” after every few levels to allow you to gather more points. These stages, though, are actually less challenging because the enemies at this point are non-attacking. Nevertheless, it is always fun to earn extra points.

Galaga: Demons of Death has been ported to all systems, or almost all.

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