Platforms: Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Commodore VIC-20, Fujitsu FM-7, IBM PC/Compatibles, MSX, NES / Famicom, PC-6000 Series, PC-8800 Series, Sharp X1

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Main Genre:
Gameplay Style:
Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Visual Presentation:
Fixed / Flip Screen


Arcade version of Galaxian
Arcade version of Galaxian
Galaxian is a Space Invaders style shooter developed by Namco Limited and originally released in arcades in 1979 and later ported to many popular home computers and game consoles. In the game players control a spaceship which can move along the bottom of the screen and need to earn as many points as possible by shooting the numerous Galaxian invaders.


In Galaxian players control a spaceship located at the bottom of the screen; the spaceship can move left or right and is capable of firing one shot at a time. At the top of the screen are several rows of the Galaxian invaders which need to be destroyed. The Galaxians move in a group back and forth, and unlike in Space Invaders do not move lower on screen when they reverse direction. The Galaxians attack the player by firing shots at the player and by flying towards the player in a kamikaze attack. After all of the Galaxians are destroyed, a new swarm of Galaxians appears with a higher level of difficulty. Players begin the game with a limited number of spaceships, and the game ends when all spaceships have been destroyed.
Galaxian side art


Platform: Arcade
Planning: Kazunori Sawano
Hardware: Shigeichi Ishimura
Programming: Kouichi Tashiro
Sound: Shigeichi Ishimura
Platform: Atari 2600
Programmed by: Mark Ackerman, Glen Parker, Tom Calderwood
Cover artwork by: Hiro Kimura
Platform: Atari 5200
Programmed by: Joseph Tung
Graphics by: Alan J. Murphy
Cover artwork by: James Kelly
Platform: Commodore 64
Programmed by: Alan Pavlish
Platform: Commodore VIC-20
Programmed by: Alan Pavlish


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Arcade Version
Upright cabinet
Arcade Version
Mini Upright Cabinet
Arcade Version
Cocktail Table


Instruction Manual
Commodore 64
Instruction Manual
IBM PC/Compatibles


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