Galaga & Galaxian
Two classic arcade shooters, Galaga and Galaxian, have reappeared as the latest in a series of fun two-games-in-one carts for the Game Boy. If you're a shooter fen, this is the Arcade Pack to get.
The graphics provide much better color on the Super Game Boy than those of the previous Arcade Packs. While not quite as visible on the Game Boy, your spaceships and the aliens are detailed with multiple colors-just like in the arcade. Also, on the Super Game Boy, you get borders that exactly replicate the artwork found on the original arcade machines.
Soundwise, Calaxian gives you the same authentic swooping sound effects as in the arcade, only slightly muted. The same goes for the shooting sounds and rumbling explosions. When you complete a stage in Calaga, you even get the same jingly music as in the arcade.
The arcade controls have been left intact. You move from side to side and fire at the same rate as in the arcade. The aliens also descend and react just as they did in the originals, and you get the same alternating two-player option.
Overall, a better effort has been made in reproducing Calaga and Calaxian than the previous Game Boy Arcade Packs (Asteroids & Missile Command and Centipede & Millipede), giving this shooter more than just a nostalgic appeal. What worked in the arcade still works as an addicting handheld.
- Learn the alien's patterns so you can line them up and gun them down. It's easier to destroy the aliens in these bonus rounds with the extra ship.
- In Gafaga, shoot the big aliens once to turn them red. Then, if you have more than one ship left, let a red one capture you. As soon as the alien launches again, shoot him, and your ship fill be returned. You will then continue with an extra ship and double the firepower.