National Game Registry: King and Balloon

United States Library of Congress

original platform
arcade (1980, Namco)

King and Balloon is Galaxian in disguise, albeit a very clever disguise.  The aliens are replaced by rows of balloon while the player’s spaceship is replaced by a cannon operated by two guards.  Instead of divebombing, the balloons float down in a series of arcs, attempting to capture the king and steal him away to the skies above.  The only way to lose a life to allow the king to be captured; if the balloons destroy the player’s cannon, the player merely loses a few valuable seconds of defending the king.

King & Balloon was inducted on April 12th, 2009.

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