direct translation of a popular arcade game. All of the elements of
Galaxian are there. An overhead fleet of enemy spaceships in formation
which peel off to attack your ship below and, if they survive your fire,
return to formation.
You need to be firing constantly, once to get your gun
ready and once to fire a shot. You have a choice of different levels to
start at - even a beginner's level where they don't fire back. The
graphics are well handled apart from the missing bright red of enemy
ships. The starfield is effective and stays in the background. The sound
effects are poor though and tend to irritate rather than add to the
There are differences to the arcade version. You have
incredible horizontal speed enabling you to duck missiles quickly and
there are no ships that home in on you in wild parabolic paths. Overall
the cartridge doesn't match up well with the arcade game and I guess
it's a matter of taste if you find this game very playable. I would
recommend trying it out before buying.
A good question to end with would be - Will Atari
produce a version of Galaga? The graphics and sound would have to be
nothing short of superb to bring this cute invader game into the home
for the Atari owner.
Happy Gaming! HARVEY KONG TIN.