Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
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  1. 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.
  2. AceGamez
    That rare breed of game that stands up both to quick bursts and extended playing sessions, making it ideal for a handheld.
  3. 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.
  4. This is definitely worth picking up if you aren't going to get frustrated with the controls too easily. If hard-to- get-used-to controls get on your nerves easily, though, skip this game and go play it on your 360 instead.
  5. Not to be missed, in short. Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s an abyss of self-reproach I should be wallowing in.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The multiplayer and co-op modes, through both Wi-Fi and local play, are superb.
  10. 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.
  11. Geometry Wars: Galaxies is the definition of portable fun.
  12. games(TM)
    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]
  13. The fast and frenetic shooting action combined with the number of levels more than makes up the 25 dollar difference.
  14. The control scheme has its quirks, but this is still an intense and enjoyable shooter.
  15. 70
    If you can say that you're looking forward to having ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week than this is a great title for you. If, somehow, you're totally out of great DS and Gameboy games to play on the go, Galaxies makes for a passable time killer on the road.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. The only two issues are the control scheme is not as good and many gamers might not be able to justify the higher price.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    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]
  24. 80
    In all, Geometry Wars: Galaxies is an expansion done right.
  25. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    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]
  26. Nintendo Gamer
    Much better, faster and smoother on a big screen. [Feb 2008, p.47]
  27. 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.
  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. 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.
  30. Pelit (Finland)
    Finally, decent use for a classic controller. There is really nothing new, but everything works smoothly just like a train's toilet. Galaxies is also the most deepest and richest Geometry Wars experience made so far. [Mar 2008]
  31. Geometry Wars: Galaxies triangulates arcade action, subtle depth, and intuitive controls for pure fun you'll return to remarkably regularly.
  32. Most likely won’t appeal to owners of other iterations, but is an almost compulsory title for high score addicted players.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. It's addictive, well executed, has a degree of charm which is difficult to pin down and has a pulsing, electro soundtrack that'll leave you itching to hit the clubs.
  36. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#20 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
#34 Most Shared DS Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  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;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 »
  2. [anonymous]
    Jan 21, 2010
    Third best handheald game I've ever played (the first and second being The World Ends with You and Contra 4). Plenty of levels, perfect Third best handheald game I've ever played (the first and second being The World Ends with You and Contra 4). Plenty of levels, perfect controles, and shiney graphics. It's kind of silly that you have to link to the Wii to unlock a set of levels, but other than some slowdown (and it's that "OH GOD I'M DOING GOOD" slowdown), that's the only flaw. Full Review »
  3. DarrenZ.
    Feb 1, 2008
    Geometry Wars Galaxies is an extremely fun and addictive game. It hearkens back to the days of classic arcade shooters like Centipede and Geometry Wars Galaxies is an extremely fun and addictive game. It hearkens back to the days of classic arcade shooters like Centipede and Asteroids with its bright graphics and relentless action. Yes, it's effectively a shallow time waster, but it is what it is and it excels at what it does. The DS control scheme works extremely well, using the D-pad to control ship movement and stylus and touchscreen to fire. I do have two niggling criticism, however: 1) The screen can sometimes get a bit too busy with all the sprites and particle effects flying every which way which can lead to you suddenly dying because you crashed into an unseen enemy; 2) Related to the above, there are some occasional framerate slowdowns when the action heats up which seems to affect the precision of movement and firing slightly. While annoying, these are not game breakers by any means. Bottom line: if you're in the market for a simple, fun, great looking shooter then you really can't go wrong with Geometry Wars Galaxies. Full Review »