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Galaxian

DOS - 1983

Also available on: Apple II - Atari 8-bit - ColecoVision - Commodore 64 - PC-88 - VIC-20

Alt names Zero Time, ギャラクシアン
Year 1983
Platform DOS
Released in United States (1983)
United States (1986)
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Shooter
Publisher Atarisoft, Thunder Mountain
Developer Namco Limited
Perspectives Side view, Fixed / Flip-screen
Dosbox support Supported on 0.72
4.24 / 5 - 46 votes

Description of Galaxian

Galaxian is another near-flawless conversion of coin-op classic for Atari. This time the target is Namco’s revolutionary vertical shooter, commonly regarded as the first truly multi-color video game ever made.

The gameplay is straightforward: anyone who has played Space Invaders will know what to expect. At regular intervals, which get shorter as you progress, the alien ships will swoop down in an attempt to zap you with their laser pellets or kamikaze attack. Killing charging aliens score more points than the ones flying in overhead formation. Flagships also score more points when they have red travel companions, depending on whether you shoot the companions first, and if you get all of them.

This PC conversion captures almost perfectly the feel of the arcade hit, minus the range of colors. As Trixter points out in his review at MobyGames, "...most of the Atarisoft conversions of then-classic arcade games were flawless, and Galaxian is no exception. The lazy arc of the enemies as they dive to fire at you is identical to the arcade. Like Galaxian? Got an old PC? You know what to do." A must-have.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Brilliantus 2020-04-14 0 point DOS version

Hello gents,

I downloaded DOS version.
Using DOS-BOX on WINDOWS10 system.
After I drag the application "Galaxian.1983" onto DOS-BOX, it just won't launch.
It says "Illegal command".
Any ideas how to get it to work? :)

Thank you.

thealamo67 2019-10-02 0 point

This game is a classic! It's great for young kids, and for friendly competition with friends. I'm playing on my C64 mini, but it's fun across all platforms. We also play it on my NES Classic Mini as well.

Fredy 2019-01-15 4 points DOS version

Use ctrl+F11 (- ACCELERATOR) O CTRL+F12 (+ ACCELERATOR)

nair 2013-09-05 2 points DOS version

My only love.

uletus 2013-05-26 1 point DOS version

we need to shoot more computer bugs, and noone bothers and everyone is playing killer in the rye in 3D games!

Sasi 2013-01-15 0 point DOS version

Good game

elephantrange 2011-12-26 0 point DOS version

Nice version of the game, but it will run too fast on a 386 or above. Recommended to run in dosbox (and cycle down appropriately).

sawsan08 2009-10-19 0 point DOS version

very nice game

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