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ESRB Rating EveryoneGalaga: Destination Earth
71%
developer King of the Jungle publisher Hasbro
releasedate 12/04/2000 msrp $19.99
genre Shooter #players 1
difficulty Moderate analog Yes
gameplay
15
Hasbro has had a dubious record for re-creating the classics of video gaming. Although their 3D updates have sold well, the consensus for games like Frogger 3D and Centipede 3D is that the games are blasphemy to the originals.

Galaga on the other hand isn't. In fact it's probably easy to say that anyone who liked the old shooter will enjoy this remake. The only variable is for how long.

The way the game updates the classic is an admirable effort on making a one path shooter into something that can stand on it's own. In the days when a shooter has to have something extra to entertain. Not simply the fact it's a new fangled technology video game.

How it accomplishes the update is by taking the flat top to bottom shooter into new directions called waves. The waves sling the ship around to side scrolling, turret gunning and even to a behind the ship 3D blaster.

Throughout each of the waves, the objective of blasting all the enemies is tossed up a bit with some collection efforts and even boss matches but for the most part the essence of the game remains blasting streams of enemies.

Even though the game tries as hard as it can to be innovative, and different from it's roots, it remains a one trick pony with no powerups or special attacks aside from a crude bomb attack. Unlike frenetic shooters like R-Type Delta the game simply relies on a two to three shot attack throughout the game, with the occasional captured ship adding a fourth.

Thus, therein resides the game's biggest flaw. Over use of gameplay that is acceptable in the first few stages. After a few stages, the game begins to rely too much on boring blasting of enemy after enemy and excessive use of the behind the ship gameplay. The best ways to play the game, sidescrolling and original never get to see much play and it dooms the titles long term aspects.

The shooting itself is fun for a while admittedly and it's simple enough not to fall into too many traps but what the game is missing is a museum section that usually makes these games so much fun. Where are the behind the scenes FMVs? What about history of Galaga? Nope, you won't find that stuff here. Just a simplistic shooter that wears out it's welcome far too fast.

 
control
18
Since the game uses so many different types of shooting gameplay it would almost be expected that one or more area's wouldn't hit the mark in control. However in nearly all the modes the control is smooth and simple. Nearly all would be the key since the behind the ship shooting mode ruins the basket of apples. With the game using this method of play as it's bread and butter it rears the head of sloppy control. Inaccurate aim and a cursor method that controls like a light gun game without the gun, this mode becomes the damnation of the whole title. Instead of relying on the game's strengths, Galaga Destination Earth frets around a mode that never cements.
 
graphics
20
As far as shooters go, Galaga sits nicely in the middle. It's look is fairly standard, with nothing spectacular nor flashy to catch your eyes. The only disappointing element is that the game goes right down the middle of the road. Nothing great, nothing bad, just pure and simple mediocrity.
 
sound
18
Though the game begins with the familiar ditty that we all know Galaga for, the classic or foot tapping beats end there. The music is forgettable and like the sound effects misses the ball completely. Where are the memorable blasts? The amazingly fun music? Obviously not here.
 
overall
71%
Galaga is definitely an improvement over Hasbro's past attempts but for anyone looking for more than a novelty, a solid shooter in other words, should probably look elsewhere. It's a mediocre game that never gets too bad to advise a complete avoidance. If you like Galaga try it, otherwise unless you're looking to bring back memories or have a few bucks to blow on a rental it's not a game to go out of your way to experience.

(12212000)- by - Joey Gray

 
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