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Galaga: Destination Earth

by Hasbro Interactive
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00004SPYE
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 5 inches
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,022 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Based on the classic 1980s arcade game, Galaga will have players once again blasting wave after wave of aliens as a lone starfighter pilot. The alien invaders have already destroyed the rest of the fleet, and it is now up to you to stop their advance towards Earth. While the game is set in a 3-D universe, players can still choose the classic top-down view, as well as behind-the-ship and side-scrolling views. There are 10 levels, each containing different challenges and bonus rounds. During the course of the game, players can collect new weapons to add to their arsenal, including aliens.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun attempt at a difficult remake November 23, 2000
By A Customer
Just how do you modernise a classic which at it's heart relied on repititive, similar gameplay for minutes on end? I have to admit I never clocked Galaga. Why? Becuase the original, whilst fun and addictive, simply got boring past wave 15 and the diffculty level was managed by speeding everything up.
Hasbro appear to have been very careful in preserving those elements which made Galaga a great shooter. In my mind those were: precision shooting, predictable aliens, captured ship - and the double ship action that inevitably followed - and a persisitent wave of around 40 opponents to shoot at.
This game introduces: multiple camera angles (more later), upto four captured aliens (excellent for blasting), 15? new enemies, more weapons - via the captured aliens, a standard 'save the world' storyline backed by some nice FMV, 9 levels and a bonus techno style level for practising.
Galaga introduces regular camera changes keyed to the background. There are 3 standard views (3D - like StarFox, top down and side on and 1 special view - a tip of the hat to Tempest I guess). You can also control some of the background surface guns to shoot up at the aliens for a few seconds before flipping back to your safely parked ship - this is actually pretty cool but could have been executed better.
Throughout all the views the aliens stream in like trains executing their own complex patterns before joining a large central wave of aliens somewhere in the middle of the screen and then coming back at you in small groups of spiralling baddies. There's not many games on the PS where there are always 20 to 30 opponents on screen to shoot at and a fairly detailed background moving along at around 30 frames per second.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It was hard to see how a modern shooter could be made from the limited and repititive game play in the original Galaga. Galag 88 improved on this by introducing more elements and pickups or a sort.
This version of Galaga provides a feeling of the original (spiralling aliens, precise shooting of streams and the usual Galaga 2-shot action and double ship capturing). It goes further by providing additional camera angles, aliens, weapons, missions and environments loosely tied together with the standard 'Save the World' storyline. Side, top and 3D behind view are all present, and even an tip of the hat to Tempest in some sequences.
The difficulty is that the transition has clearly not been easy. In the 3D view it's quite diffuclt to aim. If you remember the original all you had to do was line up. However in 3D is more difficult to stay on target. A bit like Starfox without the draw distance of the N64. I guess keeping the background and lots of aliens on screen at the same time must be quite difficult for an aging Playstation.
Graphics and SFX are good quality and frame rate seems standard at 30FPS. Options are limited but then so is my time.
For the price it's a good bit of fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the old arcade game better December 18, 2001
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I was expecting to have whistling insect-like ships hurtling out of the sky at me and bonus rounds like in the original arcade version. Instead, they programmers have made the game 3D to make it more realistic, and your ship is much more maneuverable. The game isn't BAD, but I was expecting retro. Oh well. Guess one can't live in the past.
Buy this game if you like flying spaceships through obstacles and shooting enemies. Don't buy it if you expect to play the arcade version on your Playstation. It ain't gonna happen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected... But ok November 18, 2000
I was so excited to see Galaga for the Sony Playstation after years of hunting it down when I was at a pool hall or arcade. I was very disappointed that only the first level stays true to the original arcade game.
It does have great graphics and seems like it could have the potential to be a great game but my expectations were shattered when I discovered it wasn't "the galaga" I was looking for.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I've been anticipating this release for several months, but I think this will be a letdown for many like myself who spent hours in the arcade in high school and college playing galaxian, galaga and gaplus. I just purchased it tonight, and after 45 minutes or so testing it out, I'm sorry I did. The biggest disappointment for me is the 3D aspect. I don't know if I'm just stuck in a 2D mindset or what, but your own darn ship is in the way to where it's very difficult to aim at what's in front of you. There's virtually none of the precision firing and flight control left from the '81 version. If you are a graphics-based gamer, you may enjoy this a lot more, but I'm in it for the fast-pace and good old-fashioned fun of the old galaga. In the old games of galaga and galaxian, the action was fast and clearly focused in front(above) of you. Although there are alternating screens here, some of which resemble the old style, the pace is much slower, and the 3D shots make it very hard to zone in on anything. I'm sticking with Namco Museum Volumes 1-3. The arcade-perfects are still the most fun.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old School Done Right October 30, 2000
By A Customer
Wow Imagine my surprize to find out my favorite classic shooter had been redone. First off I'd hoped this would be a better update than Asteroids. Thankfully it is a great game that retains the charm of the original. The developers keep the same fast paced shooting action that you love but add amazing new intro movies and great 3D graphics. The thing I love about this game is the different type of shooters in package some are over the top shooters, Some are more classic side scrolling, and some are First person, and all of these modes blend seemlessly in the game. If you think games have got a little to full of themselves ( Fear effect anyone) and remeber when they were fun and addictive this is right up your alley. Highly recommend ...!
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