Galaga (ギャラガ)

Released in 1981

Developer: Namco
Manufacturer: Namco
Distributor: Namco

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Galaga marquee
game marquee

Game Summary

Space - blast waves of alien bugs

Hardware Info

Controls: 1 Joystick / Button(s)
Vertical-mounted Raster monitor
224 x 288 Resolution
Colors: 96 Color

Additional Hardware Info (from Mame)

Z80 cpu @ 3 Mhz
Z80 cpu @ 3 Mhz
Z80 cpu @ 3 Mhz
Namco audio
* Samples audio
* Information was extracted from Mame, so "Samples audio" may indicate the game has analog sound hardware.

Mame ROMs

galaga, Galaga (Namco)
galaga84, Galaga '84
galagab2, Galaga (bootleg)
galagads, Galaga (fast shoot)
galagamw, Galaga (Midway)
gallag, Gallag
nebulbee, Nebulous Bee

Game Details

Sequel to Galaxian - can get a ship captured and then release it to get double firepower - Every 4th wave is a challenge wave - Aliens swoop in to position in complex swirling patterns.

One of the most popular and most collected games.



Galaga control panel
control panel


Galaga cabinet photo
cabinet photo
Galaga title screen
title screen
Galaga gameplay screen shot
gameplay screen
Galaga promotional flyer
promotional flyer

"Maybe" Images

(fuzzy search, these MAY match the game, or they may not)

Galaga Flyer: 1 FrontGalaga Flyer: 2 BackBlack and White A Tractor Beam capture.  GIF taken from the Galaga Worship Page.

Coinop.org Member Ratings / Comments

**** by kk. Comment: "Probably the best early vertical space shooter there is. Gameplay excellent, graphics good, fast-paced and challenging. Somewhat overrated. " 2002-04-14 22:54:44Z

***** by DanElektro. Comment: "The pinnacle of 2D space shooters. One of the few games where enemies come in scripted waves, but the challenge never seems to diminish." 2000-07-26 12:53:11Z

***** by kebap. Comment: "One of the three most exciting games !" 2001-03-21 11:59:26Z

***** by ShakyT. Comment: "The best shooter ever!!" 2003-09-30 23:46:54Z

***** by nosrevlah. Comment: "Hands down the best game ever!!! Numbers don't lie, still the most popular game in history." 2003-12-22 13:01:41Z

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