Galaxian - Colecovision

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Also for: C64, Vic-20, Atari 5200, Atari 400/800/XL/XE, Atari 2600/VCS, Astrocade
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Static screen Genre:
Classic Arcade: Missile and Base
Shoot 'Em Up
Arcade origin:Yes
Publishers: Atari (GB/US/JP)
Released: 1983 (GB)
Unknown (US/JP)


Here is Galaxian, yet another missile-and-base, Space Invaders wannabe. Although instead of aimlessly moving from left-to-right and occasionally moving down a notch; these invaders of space aren’t as lazy and swoop down to shoot you.

Such a small change - yet a big impact on the games simplicity. Another twist in this game’s web is that the invaders don’t attack in ones, instead the attack in waves of threes. Nor do they fire a single bullet per attack wave, instead unleashing a barrage of missiles at you. Dodging their attacks is amazingly difficult whilst trying to navigate your clunky old ship and returning fire at the same time. This game also features colour, beyond the region of black and green Space Invaders players were accustomed to. It boasts around ten colours in total; all adding depth to the enemies and your ship (which looks re-markably similar to the ships off Star Wars episode 5).

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30 May 2007