Play GALAGA Online
80S ARCADE GAME
Screenshot from Atari 7800 Version
Firstly, you will need a device that supports Flash to play the free game above. This free online version is actually called Galagon 2004, but is more or less the same as the original Galaga.
INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the game and the use the arrow keys to select Play Game and press the spacebar to get started. You control your spaceship using the left and righ arrow keys and press the spacebar to fire. Just blast everything in sight!
History of Galaga
Galaga is the shoot-em-up arcade sequel to Galaxian (1979) that was originally developed and published by Namco (in Japan) and Midway in North America in 1981. The game was released in Japan during September 1981, and then in North America in December.
The game boasts several improvements over Galaxian. The basic game-play involves swarms of insect-like aliens that fly in formation and sometimes swoop across the screen and try to collide with your spaceship and fire at you. Advances in technology and programming meant you no longer had to wait for one bullet to disappear before you could fire another one. In other words, you could fire more than one bullet at a time, unlike the original space shooter Space Invaders by Taito.
A Boss Galaga can capture the player's fighter ship using a beam emitted from its base. If caught, the fighter becomes a red enemy, but can be destroyed to gain the player 1000 points.