Galaxian 1983 By: Namco

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Welcome aboard the missile laser base. I'm Commander Champion, your training instructor. These laser bases are used to protect our Universe from alien attack. Each laser base carries missiles which you'll launch from your control panel.

In your first training mission, you'll be battling an age-old threat, the Galaxian fleet, which has thrived on war and terrorism for centuries. Together, we must destroy these warmongers to maintain peace and tranquility over the Universe.

Before we go into action, let's talk about Galaxian battle tactics. The Galaxian fleet always flys in formation. As one ship descends from the extreme right or extreme left it drops deadly bombs and then returns to original position. The Galaxian leaders, Flagships, are usually flanked by protective Escorts. The best way to get them is to first destroy the Escorts, then go after the Flagship.

--From the Atari 2600 Galaxian instruction manual.

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Galaxian is a very fun game. It reminds me of Space Invaders without the shields and the invaders moving down so fast. A lot of people don't realize that this was the predecessor to Galaga. Galaxian didn't get as big as Galaga, but it still did pretty well. Galaga is a lot of fun so give it a try if you like games like Space Invaders and Galaga.


Kill as many of the enemies as you can to get the highest score possible.

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Don't forget that your rate of fire is based on your accuracy because you can only have one bullet in the air at a time. In other words, don't just pop off shots hoping to hit something, make each shot count.
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