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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Galaga was released in the arcades in 1981 and became an instant classic. This exciting title soon became know for its innovative fighter combination system and the varied enemy attack patterns. Take control of a fighter space craft and shoot down the invading aliens.[Xbox Live Arcade] Galaga was released in the arcades in 1981 and became an instant classic. This exciting title soon became know for its innovative fighter combination system and the varied enemy attack patterns. Take control of a fighter space craft and shoot down the invading aliens. Watch out for the swooping motherships, which will try to steal your fighter. Rescue captured fighters to double your firepower. Earn Perfect Bonuses as you battle your way through wave after wave in different challenging stages. [Namco Bandai] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. 85
    Galaga is still the classic game that’s loved by many, but it doesn’t feel right. Whether it’s the iffy controls, the ill-advised border, or the lack of the ability to play Mrs. Pac-Man instead, something doesn’t feel right about the Xbox Live Arcade version of the Namco classic.
  2. Not flawless, since it’s missing multiplayer online and off, but it still has the leaderboard to keep you playing – and lets face it, back in the arcade, that was you’re only real goal, to achieve the highscore for that day – to remove some previous player’s 3 initial name.
  3. It's certainly a true arcade port of the arcade game with the same graphics and gameplay. There aren't many new options however.
  4. As a Museum piece, Galaga's beeen almost perfectly preserved, but the missing multiplayer makes us think twice about spending 400 Microsoft Points. [Oct. 2006, p.72]
  5. The original Galaga is an undisputed arcade classic, and this is a fairly faithful version of it.
  6. 60
    The game is and always will be great, and you’re getting unlimited plays for the price of twenty, don’t get me wrong; but Namco-Bandai made a sloppy port, and the neglect of a multiplayer mode of any sort is a huge mistake.
  7. The problem that this and indeed any retro shooter has nowadays is Bizarre Creations 2D tour de force, Geometry Wars. Still one of our Xbox Live download favourites, Galaga by comparison is a poor substitute.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. SeanD.
    Nov 30, 2007
    10
    It's Galaga, pure and simple. It's the same thing game you can still find at times on the old arcade machines. If you liked Galaga, It's Galaga, pure and simple. It's the same thing game you can still find at times on the old arcade machines. If you liked Galaga, it's absolutely magnificent. And hey, you can play it all you want for $5 instead of feeding quarters into a machine. Expand
  2. MatC.
    Jul 27, 2006
    9
    I don't understand the reviews. This $5 game is a faithful reproduction. The achievements aren't super-easy, but can be had with an I don't understand the reviews. This $5 game is a faithful reproduction. The achievements aren't super-easy, but can be had with an hour or two's perservierance. The game plays like it always has, and is exactly what Galaga was. The only bad stuff is that there are some mandatory 2 second delays and some small usability problems, but nothing like some other games. If you rate this compared to what the standup arcade is, and say "how well does it reproduce that experience", it's excellent. It's also 400pts. Why reviewers feel the need to compare this type of game to $60 disc games confuses me. It's a good ARCADE game. Expand
  3. BruinsFan
    Jul 31, 2006
    5
    Its Galaga, though it advertises enhanced graphics, NOT! The game is fun, all be it for about 10-20 minutes. I just cant recommend this game. Its Galaga, though it advertises enhanced graphics, NOT! The game is fun, all be it for about 10-20 minutes. I just cant recommend this game. Look at Frogger, there are some obvious graphical upgrade without getting the historical society up in arms. Expand
  4. Andyman
    Jul 30, 2006
    4
    Sure, Galaga is a classic and all... but you'd think Namco Bandai would add something... anything... to it, to make it worth a purchase. Sure, Galaga is a classic and all... but you'd think Namco Bandai would add something... anything... to it, to make it worth a purchase. After all, this game has been on dozens of arcade compilations on many different platforms already. But they didn't. It has literally nothing new. No co-op or versus mode, no updated graphics, nothing. Even the borderline-terrible Frogger has all of that. Galaga gets a 4 out of respect for the arcade memories. Expand