- Type: Shooter
- Levels of Play: 5
- Release: 10/10/1989
- Difficulty: Avg.
Blast into orbit with Activision's fourth release for the Sega Master System, Galaxy Force. Commanding an intergalactic star fighter, you must choose the planet to attack and blow you way through the alien defenses on the surface. Reach the inner chambers of the planets and game play switches to inside the planet where you must traverse the winding corridors that lead to the nuclear reactor. Destroy the power core and blow the planets out of the stars.
Galaxy Force was nothing special in the arcades and it hasn't been improved much here. The game does have some fantastic graphics, but doesn't take advantage of the four meg powering it. Instead of an intergalactic conflict, you're treated to another shoot-em-up - this time with pretty graphics.
This is After Burner in a spaceship with graphically detailed action sequences set in outer space. However, with only four different landscapes in a four-meg cart, Galaxy Force just doesn't have enough. It's outstanding in many ways, but with more screens and variety it could be superb.
Above average graphics help this pretty straihtforward shooter. Things get kind of choppy in some areas, however. Not a lot of variety - if you get through one round you've basically gotten through them all.
Activision's After Burner with better graphics but not as many levels. The backgrounds, especially over the fire world and when fighting the last Boss, are extremely cool. If it had more rounds it would have been better, but as it is now Galaxy Force is pretty good for a shooter.
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Sega, always at the vanguard of Earth's defenses, recently issued a training device for pilots who wish to enlist in the battle against the Fourth Imperial Power, the latest threat from beyond the stars. This device is Galaxy Force, a brilliant combination of stunning graphics and a revolutionary free-moving cockpit. As you sit at the controls of the deluxe version (stand-up and regular sit-down versions are also available), the whole machine pitches and rolls up to 15 degrees, and it yaws rapidly right and left through an arc of 335 degrees!
The game itself is simple and straightforward. All you have to do is penetrate the fortresses of the Fourth Imperial Power and demolish their command centers. These space weeds never seem to be prepared for your one-man fighter attack, so you shouldn't have any trouble. (Well, OK, you might have a little trouble.)
First, familiarize yourself with the controls. The throttle lever is on your left, and the control stick is on your right — rather like an F-16. When you press the start button, you zoom through a short corridor and emerge in the midst of a huge Imperial battle formation that looks like a scene from Return of the Jedi.
Your destination is the small entry port in the distant moon, but you are surrounded by Imperial cruisers, fighters, and massive star destroyers. You can try to reach the port without engaging the enemy, but you get bonus energy for every alien ship you destroy.
The rockin' and rollin' of the deluxe version make the on-screen action seem astonishingly real. As you dip and weave between the enemy attackers, your lock-on indicators will light up. Hit the thumb button to fire a missile, and watch as all of the illuminated targets are destroyed. Once you enter the moon, you'll have to maneuver carefully through long, twisting corridors until you reach the alien control center. After you blast it, you advance to the next mission. There are five missions in all (selectable at the beginning of the game), and each is more breathtaking than the last. You'll travel from fiery sunlike worlds to beautiful garden planets, where the Imperial fortress must be entered by flying into a waterfall!
The deluxe version of Galaxy Force is quite large—about six feet tall and nine feet across — so you may have to visit a few arcades to find one. But you won't be disappointed.