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Galaxian
Galaxian flyer
Genre Fixed Shooter
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) NA Midway
JP Namco
Series Galaxian
Platform(s) Arcade
Release Date NA December 1979
JP October 1979
Mode(s) Single-player

Galaxian is an arcade game developed by Namco (now Namco Bandai Games) and published by Namco in Japan and by Midway in North America.

Galaxian expanded on the formula pioneered by Space Invaders. As in the earlier game, Galaxian featured a horde of attacking aliens that exchanged shots with the player. In contrast to Space Invaders, Galaxian added an element of drama by having the aliens periodically make kamikaze-like dives at the player's ship, the Galaxip. The game's plot consisted of a title screen that displayed the message "WE ARE THE GALAXIANS / MISSION: DESTROY ALIENS". Galaxian was also an early example of levels and boss encounters, and it was the first game to have all of its graphics in RGB colour.

Gameplay Edit

The gameplay was fairly simple which involved a swarm of alien ships attacking the player's ship. The player can move their spaceship left and right and can shoot only one projectile at a time. Once a swarm is defeated, another more difficult swarm would replace it in the next level. A plain and repetitive starfield background appears in the background.

Ports Edit

The game has been ported to many different platforms, some as apart of a compilation. These include:

In addition, the game has been released in numerous compilations on modern consoles, mostly apart of the Namco Museum compilation series.

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