Galaxian is an excellent emulator that brings the alien-shooting fun of the arcade game to your Android smartphone or tablet. While it would be nice if the game's controls could feel more like the arcade version than the NES version, it's not enough of a bother to ruin things. This is the easiest way to get this seminal shooter on your mobile gadget.
Galaxian puts you in control of a ship with the goal of shooting a series of alien ships out of the sky. It's very similar to its slightly more memorable sequel, Galaga, and its precursor Space Invaders. It has the same side-to-side shooting gameplay. The game has onscreen controls that resemble the D-pad and buttons from the original Nintendo, which means controlling things is just as easy. You can save and share your game online and compare your scores to how your friends and others are handling the game. This version of Galaxian even supports a USB or Bluetooth controller if you have one.
This seamless port of the classic game will have many arcade fans excited. Galaxian plays just like it did decades ago and this version delivers all of the addictive fun to your mobile gadget. If you're a big fan of 8-bit gaming, this is a download you just have to have.
Galaxian is an arcade game developed by Namco in October 1979. It was published by Namco in Japan and was imported to North America by Midway that December. A fixed shooter-style game in which the player controls a spaceship at the bottom of the screen and shoots enemies descending in various directions, it was designed to compete with the successful earlier game Space Invaders. The game was highly popular upon its release, and has been a focus of competitive gaming ever since. It spawned a successful sequel, Galaga, in 1981, and the lesser known Gaplus in 1984, as well as many later ports and adaptations. Along with its sequel, it was among the most popular games during the golden age of arcade video games. The gameplay is relatively simple. Swarm after swarm of alien armies attack the player's ship that moved left and right at the bottom of the wraparound screen. The ship can only have one shot on screen at a time. The player defeats one swarm, only to have it replaced by another more aggressive and challenging swarm in the next screen. A plain and repetitive starfield scrolls in the background.