Galaga, the reason why I downloaded Mame for
the first time sometime around 1997 after a netwide search for the game. I actually bought
a clone for $25 the day before I found Mame on some Australian emusite which is long gone.
Probably the one single Arcade game I care about most.
As a direct descendent of the Galaxian Series
(which becomes evident from the logo style already) this game has one ting to offer:
Gameplay, and it's sooo addictive I still love it after all these years. Wave after wave
of alien attack relentlessly swirl across the screen as you try to shoot them all before
they menacingly line up in formation at the top of the screen.
What sets it apart from the Galaxian series? First of all you can let
your fighter get captured, then rescue it and have two fighting together. It makes for the
most compelling gameplay as you attempt to sneak both fighters through alien attack in the
knowledge that should you loose one it will be so hard to regain. And bonus stages with he
main goal of killing all 40 enemies which will fly in all sorts of formations to avoid
your shots. 10.000 points await should you succeed.
Word has it that the game only ends once you
turn the score over, so at 999.999 points and then one more kill :-) I never got that far,
but I'll keep trying that's for sure. A very fun hack is also the fast shoot derivative
which allows you to fire at frantic rates. Check them both out, they're just the best :-)
Played in Mame32
version 35 Final
What a fun game this is. it all
starts with the tune. After Commando on the C64 this game definitely has the best game
tune ever on any system. It's so catchy and so fitting to this game. Brilliant!
Basically what you do is to direct
your little dragon through the levels spitting bubbles at the enemy creatures. They will
be captured in the bubble and you then have to jump into it to make it burst. The enemy
creature will die and you will be rewarded with huge fruit and bonus points.
Eliminate all enemies in one level
and you will advance to the next. There are 100 and it takes quite a bit of practise to
get past the first 30 or so. Bonuses and power ups include shoes and sweets which will
make you move and fire quicker. You can also burst balloons containing letters until you
complete the word "extend". This will earn you an extra live.
Incredibly playable, fun graphics,
the catchiest tune and an endless number of levels will keep you going on this one for a
while. If you like it you should also check out Parasol Stars on the PCE which is equally
fun and colourful.