Galaxian
Atari 2600 game CX-2684

General Information

Developer - Mark Ackerman, Glen Parker and Tom Calderwood

Publisher - Atari Corporation

Release - 1983

Platform - Atari 2600

Number of players - 1P

Genre - Action

Galaxian case

Galaxian expanded on the formula pioneered by Space Invaders. As in the earlier game, Galaxian features a horde of attacking aliens that exchanged shots with the player.

Galaxian atari games

In contrast to Space Invaders, Galaxian added an element of drama by having the aliens periodically make kamikaze-like dives at the player's ship, the Galaxip. This made it the first game to feature enemies with individual personalities. The game's plot consists of a title screen that displayed the message "We are the Galaxians / Mission:Destroy Aliens"

Galaxian was very successful for Namco and introduced several "firsts". Although not the first color video game, Galaxian took RGB color graphics a step further with multi-colored animated sprites and explosions, different colored fonts for the score and high score, the scrolling starfield, and graphic icons that show the number of lives left and how many stages the player had completed.

It also features a crude theme song and more prominent background "music." These elements combine to create a look and feel that would set the standard for arcade games in the 1980s such as Pac-Man.

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