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Galaga 88

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Released: 1988

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: PC Eng/Turbografx-16

Publisher: Namco

Developer: Namco

Submitted by: Alley Kat

One of the earlier notable PC Engine games, Galaga 88 is a classical blaster of the highest quality.

Converted from the arcade, Galaga 88 spices up the traditional format with scrolling sub-stages, alternate warp routes accessable by collecting blue crystals and, of course, the legendary Galactic Dancing bonus rounds.

It is also possible to upgrade your ship to double and triple fire by allowing yourself to be abducted by tractor beam-toting baddies, then carefully blasting the abductor on the next stage to release your ship.

This is a risky strategy, as you need at least one spare life in the first place and could blow it by inadvertantly shooting your ship as its dragged around by its abductor.

Galaga 88 is a beautiful and addictive little game, the cartoony, perfectly designed graphics have a quality to them that seems somehow to be impervious to the aging process.

The sound effects and various jingles are equally perfect, with the various classical pieces used in the Galactic Dancing stages never failing to raise a smile.

Galaga 88 is an essential game for fans of traditional shooters and remains a PC Engine classic.