Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. Geometry Wars: Galaxies takes everything good about Bizarre Creations' download hit and expands upon it.
  2. A wonderfully refreshing chunk of stylized retro goodness stuffed into a forty dollar box.
  3. Tons to do and a well-designed new control system for people who aren't busy forming high-score cults.
  4. The floodgates have finally been opened and we are starting to see what the console is good for.
  5. AceGamez
    Whether or not you're a hardcore gamer or a casual one, you will find some form of entertainment from Geometry Wars: Galaxies.
  6. With all the new bells and whistles, there's no way that fans of Retro Evolved could go wrong with this one. But even strangers to the series should give Geometry Wars: Galaxies a shot as they'd be hard pressed to find a more satisfying 2D shooter out there.
  7. 80
    Overall, this is a great game that no true Geometry Wars fan will want to miss—just be sure you have a classic controller on hand for true enjoyment.
  8. Anyone looking for immediate entertainment and lengthy gameplay sessions should consider Galaxies as a must have game for the Wii.
  9. Like "Tetris," Galaxies’ gameplay is so unbelievably fun that you can’t put it down.
  10. An excellent casual shooter that remains intense. It isn't good for hours at a time but is damned fun for months to come.
  11. Magnificently smooth, slick and playable, with a good range of levels to suit all standards of player. [Feb 2008, p.46]
  12. 85
    It's still an experience best enjoyed in short sittings because of its intensity, but (with the Classic Controller) it's also a remarkable one. Perhaps not a CocoaBella confection, but maybe a king-size Snickers bar...ultimately very satisfying.
  13. Galaxies is as addictive as ever, and well worth the extra money for fans of arcade-style shooters looking to sink hours into breaking high scores.
  14. Whether you’re new to the Geometry Warsgames or not, it’s still an enormously fun and addictive classic shooter.
  15. 80
    Geometry Wars Galaxies is about as hardcore of a game as you can get.
  16. Galaxies adds a great deal of depth to an already intense shooter.
  17. Geometry Wars: Galaxies is a game for the old school hardcore gamer that loves to push himself to the limits. It is a game that is best served in short doses, but each dosage is an incredible experience of psychedelic gameplay that is both frenetic and engaging.
  18. 70
    Geometry Wars: Galaxies is a fantastic game and easily the best Geometry Wars title yet. Any shooter fans should have no hesitation in picking this title up.
  19. Wii owners may want to play the once only-on-Xbox-360 franchise, but a combination of horrible controls and hard-to-follow multiplayer options manages to kill any fun that might otherwise be had.
  20. 90
    A controller that takes a bit of getting used to, a few wonky levels, and a weak ending are hardly the worst problems a game can face. The journey to Geometry Wars mastery is a fun and addicting one, and each level can be considered its own game by the series's earlier standards.
  21. 60
    If you can say that you're looking forward to having ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a week than this might be a great title for you. Other than that very particular market, it's tough to see Galaxies being worth the recommended price.
  22. If you play a lot at home go with the Wii since the graphics are better than the DS, and you’ll have the option of taking a basic version on the go. If most of your gameplay is done in the streets, grab a DS copy. Either way there’s hours of old-school arcade fun to be had.
  23. Geometry Wars may have expanded into the reaches of Galaxies, but the game never meant to offer more than a little ship shooting to save its life, and if that doesn't groove with you then it's not time to join the collective just yet.
  24. For those who are bored with scores, "lives", and theoretically infinite game stages, skip this shooter and tuck the forty bucks safely away for something else.
  25. 80
    The Wii version of Geometry Wars is a great port and the developers overcame the one potential hurdle--the controls.
  26. 80
    Galaxies is a fresh take on the concept, one where all the new additions are a genuine plus for the play experience and add so much to the overall game.
  27. Overall Geometry Wars Galaxies is a tight and fast paced shooter that is guaranteed to get the pulse flowing.
  28. Fast and frantic retro shooting goodness.
  29. There's been enough alterations and inclusions to justify a purchase by Retro Evolved fans (it certainly feels like more of a fleshed out game now) and its simple, unique and easy to get into gameplay should keep the more casual among us engaged for hours on end.
  30. 80
    This is a great hardcore offering in a Wii software line-up that is looking increasingly daft. No dumb controls, no gimmicks, no Keith Chegwin. Just good old-fashioned videogaming goodness.
  31. Edge Magazine
    At its worst, however, Galaxies has some big problems. The biggest is that it is remarkably fond of spawning enemies behind your ship too quickly for you to move away... It can be incredibly annoying – enough, in fact, to slightly taint the whole experience. [Feb 2008, p.92]
  32. Geo Wars offers you the same, basic and fun gameplay but with the added twist of a level structure. However, it really is all about shooting and avoiding getting shot. After a few hours play I found I was just stuck in the same groove and the game doesn’t offer much in the way of variety.
  33. Geometry Wars: Galaxies is a fun new version of a very addicting game. The addition of the higher price, however, might be too much for the extra content that is added in the game compared to the Arcade-version. It doesn't mean Geometry Wars isn't worth some money, because even though the concept is simple, it remains one of the most fun games of recent years.
  34. Games Master UK
    A great game made greater by intelligent Wii-mote use and an extensive single-player mode. [Jan 2007, p.64]
  35. Geometry Wars: Galaxies is truly the next step for this humble arcade throwback.
  36. Somehow Bizarre managed a way to keep the old gameplay intact while introducing new elements that make the game feel fresh.
  37. 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]
  38. Play Magazine
    If you like retro-style gameplay, or are hungry for shooters, or just want something that you can pop in for a few minutes at a time, it's just perfect. [Jan 2008, p.60]
  39. 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.
  40. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    Hugely addictive shooting action. We like. [Issue#18, p.80]
  41. netjak
    With a lack of worthwhile online capabilities and bonuses for various in-game performances, Geometry Wars Galaxies isn't a perfect evolution of a truly old-school game. However, to make up for it, it packs in plenty of excellent action that is easy to grasp and has something for all skill levels.
  42. Geometry Wars Galaxies is an excellent transition from old to new with a bevy of extras that will keep fans engaged for a long time.
  43. Galaxies is certainly a perfectly enjoyable and natural evolution for the Geometry Wars series that’ll provide hundreds of hours of fun to gamers with lightning-fast reactions, but it’s perhaps not enough to make it really worth it.
  44. Nintendo Power
    Wii fans envious of their Xbox Live Arcade-playing cousins finally have something to crow about thanks to Geometry Wars: Galaxies. [Dec 2007, p.82]
  45. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    With 64 levels, versus and co-op, and Retro-Evolved included, Galaxies has tons to love, even if the standard control's busted. [Holiday 2007, p.57]
  46. Geometry Wars: Galaxies will appeal to fans of arcade-style gameplay. It keeps its action simple, but intense.
  47. 80
    With 64 different levels, new enemies, the new drone buddy system, multiplayer modes and online leader boards, it's hard not to like Galaxies – especially if you're a Geometry Wars fans. Unfortunately, the Wii IR controls don't work as well as the original dual analog controls.
  48. Geometry Wars: Galaxies is about as good a sequel as we can get to what originally was a bonus mini-game in Project Gotham Racing and then eventually a downloadable $5 game.
  49. 79
    There is plenty here to justify the purchase. Provided you haven't splashed out for the Xbox Live game and you already have a Classic Controller for the Wii (guess that leaves a good five of you!) then this is well worth the mullah.
  50. 79
    The value of the game is really dependent on your passion and commitment.
  51. Most likely won’t appeal to owners of other iterations, but is an almost compulsory title for high score addicted players.
  52. Galaxies is Geometry Wars for the masses, though whether the 'masses' will be happy to part with their cold hard cash for what is essentially a bulked up game released for seven quid two years ago, remains questionable.
  53. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Fiendishly addictive. [Jan 2008, p.83]
  54. Twitch gamers will eat this up, and Galaxies is an easy game to go back to every now and then to unlock new planets or try to break those high score records that you set.

Awards & Rankings

#52 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#61 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Aug 7, 2012
    This game is amazing. Solid controls,Great gameplay, and there is plenty to do.In this game you fly around as a ship and you shoot objectsThis game is amazing. Solid controls,Great gameplay, and there is plenty to do.In this game you fly around as a ship and you shoot objects that fly towards you and that try to attack you. There are different types of enemies that you encounter. Some just fly around, some dodge your shots,some go straight for you, and others act like black holes and try to draw you and other enemies in. The other game on this game is the other geometry wars game that was on the XBLA. Both versions include online leader boards and tons of arcade action. Full Review »
  2. NathanL.
    Mar 23, 2008
    I was wondering why it was so popular so I picked up a copy knowing nothing about it. I found it really entertaining at first, but then I was wondering why it was so popular so I picked up a copy knowing nothing about it. I found it really entertaining at first, but then realized that the gameplay does not change at all. What you see is what you get. If you're not enthralled in the first 5 minutes you're done for. Not great for replay, but, not terrible. Full Review »
  3. SteveC.
    Feb 8, 2008
    Great fun if you're a fan of old school shoot-em-ups and essential if you like to maintain a balanced collection of games since Great fun if you're a fan of old school shoot-em-ups and essential if you like to maintain a balanced collection of games since there's nothing else like it for the Wii right now. On the down side the two player mode doesn't work particularly well and once you've supersized all the drones there's little variation. In summary lots of fun but lacking in depth therefore only scored a 7. Full Review »