Thanks to series like Stranger Things or films like “Kung Fury” the 80s are trendy … and, what could be more fashionable than the first “Shoot ’em up video games (commonly known as “space-invaders”.

Do you remember those games we played when we were children and teenagers? That was the time when we could barely reach the controls of those first arcade machines and our parents had to lift us up, so we could discover a whole new world; or also when we were stuck in front of our TV screens playing non-stop with our first Atari console or our siblings´ Commodore computer.

The Galaga saga, the space invaders´ classic game par excellence, was created by the Namco company in 1981 to succeed the Galaxian (1979), and, almost from its inception, is considered a cult game.

Its goal is simple: players must move a small spaceship located at the bottom of the screen from left to right.

  • There are aliens at the top trying to destroy it with bombs or by launching themselves against the spaceship itself.
  • As time goes by, their enemies will descend vertically towards their goal faster and faster.
  • To defend themselves, players can shoot them with a laser or dodge projectiles and their enemies.
  • When players get rid of all of them, they will go on to the next phase, where there will be more complicated enemies to eliminate.

There is an infinite number of screens. However, players will get a bonus every 3 levels with a screen called “Challenge Stage” where they must shoot 40 aliens to receive the highest score. If they don´t do this, they will only get 100 points per shot enemy. There are enemies called “Boss Galaga“, more complicated to eliminate as they require an extra shot to be intercepted.

With the success of video games, consoles and PC games in the 90s and early 2000, the Galaga game had versions for Nintendo, Sony, Sega, Fujitsu, Sharp, and a long etcetera.

Nowadays, thanks to Bandai Namco Fun we can all enjoy and play Galaga anytime anywhere without having to break our piggy bank to insert one coin after another.

Compete again with your pals to know who is still in shape or backwards!

Be careful with the new generations, millennials won´t make it easy for you!