Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 100
    You will play at every possible free moment, because Geometry Wars: Galaxies for DS is more awesome than you ever imagined it could be.
  2. Not to be missed, in short. Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s an abyss of self-reproach I should be wallowing in.
  3. A solid, proven shooter, Galaxies is an excellent way to kill time, as well as one of the DS's better shooters, unlike, say, Metroid Prime: Hunters, which tended to feel a bit clunky at times.
  4. Geometry Wars Galaxies is good for long and short play sessions, but it’s the latter of these that make it perfect for times when you don’t really want an extended play session.
  5. It’s difficult finding a game that makes everyone happy. Some people like more complicated games, and some people like more simple games. It’s rare to find a game that appeals to a broad spectrum of gamers.
  6. 85
    The DS doesn't exactly have an overabundance of fast-paced shooters, so Galaxies is a refreshing change of pace. Visually, it's well suited to the device, and it offers plenty of gameplay to make it a worthy choice for shooter fans.
  7. It's hugely addictive and while younger gamers might at first balk at the simplistic and repetitive nature of it, it's worth persevering because this is a great shooter. [Issue#18, p.82]
  8. Geometry Wars: Galaxies is like nicotine in game form. It is bright, fast and fun; it does everything a handheld game is supposed to do and doesn't pretend to be something it's not.
  9. It's admirable that the DS managed to pull off a solid Geometry Wars experience with dozens of levels and enemies to blow away, and isn't that what's important?
  10. The fast and frenetic shooting action combined with the number of levels more than makes up the 25 dollar difference.
  11. Geometry Wars: Galaxies is the definition of portable fun.
  12. Between Galaxies' moreish every-ad-break appeal, Retro Evolved's continued brilliance, the control system's effectiveness and the well-thought-out multiplayer modes, it's ever so nearly excellent. Unlike the inside of my stupid head.
  13. There’s a lot more replay value to be found in here, and unlike the forgotten titles that have collected dust since you beat them, Geometry Wars: Galaxies is the sort of game that you’ll want to dive back into for another round (or ten) long after your first encounter.
  14. Geometry Wars: Galaxies triangulates arcade action, subtle depth, and intuitive controls for pure fun you'll return to remarkably regularly.
  15. The multiplayer and co-op modes, through both Wi-Fi and local play, are superb.
  16. 80
    The inclusion of sixty unique galaxies, multiplayer features, and online leaderboards helps to make an already addictive concept that much more enjoyable and repayable.
  17. This DS title still manages to be as addictive as the original, even if the control scheme on the portable isn’t as intuitive as on the Xbox 360. It’s fun, but you should take it with some moderation… or else you might lose all felling in your hand and wrist due to the pain. [Jan 2008]
  18. 80
    In all, Geometry Wars: Galaxies is an expansion done right.
  19. 80
    If you're willing to forgive some slowdown in your shooters and if you were ever a fan of the first two Geometry Wars games then this is one DS game you shouldn't pass up.
  20. The DS version is also a bit more forgiving than the Wii version, so even passing fans of these kinds of games will find a lot to like here without feeling overwhelmed, making this one an even easier recommendation. This is the best shooter on the DS so far.
  21. 78
    The overall package still has some issues, including a choppy framerate once the action gets extremely intense, as well as a lack of analog control in the hardware, making for a control scheme that embraces the “DS-itis” that games like Metroid so kindly introduced us to, but as a pocket version of an undeniably addictive arcade game Galaxies is perfect for on-the-go gaming.
  22. The only two issues are the control scheme is not as good and many gamers might not be able to justify the higher price.
  23. Galaxies my not be as flashy or elaborate of some of the shooter titles on the DS, but it sure packs a mean wallop. It also has personality, and that goes a long way.
  24. The rush you get from tearing through endless enemies and escaping impossible situations is what ultimately matters, and you will get it in the DS version.
  25. 75
    If you are a Geometry Wars fan or are simply after a shooter then you cannot go wrong with Galaxies. The game is ideal for the Nintendo DS and the controls are fantastic.
  26. Much better, faster and smoother on a big screen. [Feb 2008, p.47]
  27. Most likely won’t appeal to owners of other iterations, but is an almost compulsory title for high score addicted players.
  28. 70
    Shooters are quite thin on the ground for the DS, so fans of the genre will find enough here to keep them going for a good while, particularly in the quest to attain gold medals for each and every planet in every galaxy.
  29. There isn’t anything else like it on the DS, and with various multiplayer modes and plenty of gold medals to earn, it will keep you busy for quite a while.
  30. Despite sharing a name, Galaxies is a very different experience from Retro Evolved and in its own more considered way, it is every bit as appealing. [Jan 2008, p.118]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 24, 2012
    The music was good, if not a tad grating after awhile. The visuals are amazing, even if they're scaled down from the Xbox and Wii versions; EVERYTHING GLOWS. A bit of a flaw to me would be the very last world: you have to sync your DS to the Wii version to unlock it. So you basically have to buy the same game twice if you want to 100% the game, if your friends don't have it. Still, with all the worlds on show, you'll definitely have fun trying to get all the gold medals - some of those levels are real **** The gameplay was pretty tight, and you could make the controls however you wanted: Do you want to steer the ship with the stylus, or shoot with it? It's UP TO YOU. Overall, this is an amazing arcade-like shooter in your back pocket. Buy at any cost. Full Review »