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Video Game: Galaxian

"All modern games are vain, they're evil, and they're the product of the dark lord that is Satan."
"What about Galaxian, would you play that?"
"Oh no, 1983."
— '1982 Amish' Fist Of Fun

Galaxian is a fixed shooter arcade game that bears a lot of similarities to the Space Invaders series. You've got one ship to use against an encroaching army of space bugs that move back and forth at the top of the screen in perfect formation. Occasionally, one or two of them will swarm out of formation to attack you. Shooting the flagship enemies (the ones at the very top) garnered bonus points, depending on how many escorts it carries and in what order you shoot them. (Saving the flagship for last is always worth a big bonus).

Galaxian was one of Namco's earliest successes, and it introduced concepts such as multi-colored sprites and explosions (as opposed to the black-and-white in games that came before it) and running background "music". Sure, these may sound mundane to us gamers now, but back in 1979 when this first came out, these were a big deal.

The game spawned several spinoffs, the most famous of those being Galaga, which greatly exceeded its predecessor in popularity. Both games are staples on Namco Museum home collections, and have been ported to almost every system imaginable.
Tropes used in Galaxian and all of its spinoffs:
ReptonBBC MicroArkanoid
Frogs And FliesThe Golden Age of Video GamesGalaga
GalagaPhilips CD-iMs. Pac-Man
FroggerApple ][Gauntlet
Crash 'N ScoreArcade GameGotcha
FroggerZX SpectrumGauntlet
FroggerColeco VisionGorf
Frogs And FliesUsefulNotes/The Golden Age of Video GamesGalaga
GalagaCreator/Namco BandaiThe Idolmaster
FroggerIBM Personal ComputerGhostbusters
Galaxy Fraulein YunaScience Fiction Video GamesGateway
DefenderTRS- 80 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
GalagaShoot 'em UpGorf
DungeonThe SeventiesGotcha
FroggerAtari 2600 Gorf
ExcitePC- 88 Ghosts 'n Goblins
GalagaNintendo Entertainment SystemGauntlet

alternative title(s): Galaxian
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