Galaga 252/365

You can’t go wrong with this perfect arcade classic. Thankfully in September of 1988 Nintendo stopped us from all the quarter pumping at the pizza shop and let us play at home.
Sure, you could already play at home with your Atari but this is about Nintendo, screw you.

Galaga is a vertical arcade shooter from Namco. You control a space fighter at the bottom of the screen, scrolling left and right in order to avoid oncoming bombs and kamikaze attacks from alien invaders–and to fire your own missiles to fight back!

There are an infinite number of stages to progress through. Every third level is a “challenge stage” in which you have a free chance to shoot as many aliens as possible and rack up bonus points.

Certain aliens have tractor beams they can use to capture one of your ships. If that wasn’t your last “life,” you can try to shoot that alien down and recapture your ship, giving you two ships at once and doubling your firepower.

A summary screen appears when the game is over, giving you both your final score and you final “hit ratio”–the number of missiles fired, enemies destroyed, and the percentage of targets hit.”

Pick up your own copy here and don’t forget to check “Sold Items” before hitting up an auction.

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