National Game Registry 1979: Galaxian

original platform

key personnel
Koichi Tashiro

Arcade enthusiasts must have been underwhelmed when they first saw Galaxian, apparently another Space Invaders clone, until the aliens started dive bombing in formation.  The aliens actually pursue the player’s ship directly, an advancement over Space Invaders.  The graphics are very colorful and Galaxian has the first great theme music in video game history.

Galaxian was inducted on April 12th, 2009.

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