By Lakyn Gardner
Hello, welcome back to retro view. Today I’m going to be reviewing Galaga. Galaga is an arcade shooter made in 1981 and published by Namco. I know this is an old game; however, this holds a very dear place in my heart. When I was growing up as a kid, we had a plug and play station that had Galaga, Pacman, dig dug and many others.
The gist of the game is the player controls a spaceship, and you must defeat the opposing enemies by shooting projectiles. The player only has three lives to see how far one can go, and the objective is to see who can get the highest score. Galaga has a basic premise however, the execution is flawless. The controls are very basic with only left to right movement and a shoot button, you can’t go wrong. This game has a cool little easter egg too; if you allow one of the abductor enemies to pick you up at the end of the game, you can be transformed into a dual-fighter. A dual-fighter is two spaceships put side to side so you can shoot double the enemies.
With no story to grade it on, I must go by game mechanics, which are flawless. This game was a blast to get to go back and replay. It was so thrilling to watch my score grow and grow each time I played. It’s a simple game to learn to play, but an extremely difficult one to master. I can see myself going back to this game when I’m bored or just want to pass some time. Overall, I give this game a 10 out of 10.