How To: Play Galaga In 2015

The entire world loves Galaga, the (slightly) mode modern take on the Space Invaders formula. This is how you can play the game today, in devices from this generation. 

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Galaga is one of the greatest classics of all time, a fast-paced action shooter where players control a ship and have to fight off hordes of enemies with unpredictable patterns and bug-like aesthetics. This game was originally created by Namco in 1981 for arcade machines as a sequel to 1979’s Galaxian. Galaga innovated on the Space Invaders formula by having more enemies moving at the same time, in more complex patters, and having brighter, better graphics that made the game absolutely beautiful for its time. Since its original release, it has shown up in many other platforms, and can be played on almost any machine imaginable.

Ever since 2012’s Avengers movie, where Tony Stark comments on a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the background playing the game in one of the movie’s funniest scenes, the game has had sort of a revived interest in it. If you need to have this game back in your life, here’s some alternatives for you.

Play the classic version on NES

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You can always undust your old NES and play what many of us consider the ultimate version of the game – it is just as good as you remember and, in our eyes, nothing beats the 8-bit original.

Play Galaga on Nintendo 3DS

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If for whatever reason you don’t have an old NES around, or would rather play video games on the go, Nintendo and Namco have you covered. Pac-man & Galaga Dimensions is a fantastic update to both Galaga and Pac-Man, taking full advantage of the hardware innovations of Nintendo’s latest handheld. Players can enjoy these two classics in 3D, with revamped graphics and sound, and controlling the action with either touch controls, motion controls, or the regular controls so the experience can be as tight or light as the moment requires. It’s a very, very cool edition and we can’t help but recommend it for all gamers.

Play Galaga on your smartphone

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As recently as this year, Namco has been steadily releasing versions and reversions and different ports of Galaga. We want to recommend Galaga: TEKKEN Edition for Android and iOS for smartphone users, which is also a crossover with the popular fighting video game TEKKEN. For those that would rather have a more vanilla experience, though, Namco has released the regular version in many services including a very fun, free version with ads you can get for most devices. If none of this work for you, keep in mind this game has just so many clones, there has to be one somewhere out there for you – it’s just a matter of researching. Again, we recommend the TEKKEN Edition because it looks awesome and is incredibly cute.

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