National Game Registry 1981: Galaga

GALAGA
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Namco

Galaga introduces several improvements to the Galaxian formula; the aliens no longer begin their attack in a Space Invaders-style formation, instead flying in from off-screen in rather sophisticated patterns.  The most interesting innovation is an enemy ship armed with a tractor beam of sorts.  If the beam ensnares the player’s ship, it is lost and will actually join the alien armada until it is reclaimed by destroying the capturing alien.

Galaga was inducted on April 12th, 2009.

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