Galaxian Arcade takes Atari's Galaxian and gives it several graphics tweaks to make it look more like the arcade original. First, the yellow borders have been removed, which have always been an odd-looking distraction; then the sprites have been altered to more closely resemble the arcade game's. What's particularly impressive is that through a clever use of animation, the sprites bob up and down slightly, similar to the arcade version, which is something Atari's version never did.
The graphics' improvements look very good, although a couple of things have been overlooked - some of the dive-bombing sprites don't match the new designs, and when the top two rows of aliens dive-bomb, their colors are wrong (the yellow aliens turn white, and the red aliens turn yellow). The player's ship could probably match the arcade version better, but it has been improved some.
Galaxian Arcade is a solid effort at making a more arcade-like Galaxian on the 2600. While not perfect, just the removal of the yellow border by itself may be a compelling enough reason to pick this up.
Galaxian Arcade an enhanced version of the original Galaxian produced by Atari. The graphics have been redesigned so both the aliens and the player's ship more closely resemble their arcade counterparts. Also, the bright orange border on the edges of the screen has been removed. We only wonder why Atari didn't do all this themselves when they first released the game!
|Hacked By||Jess Ragan|
|Number of Players||2|
|Label Design||Dale Crum|
I'd always assumed that the designers of the original Atari 2600 Galaxian left the border in place because the 2600 wasn't capable of the scrolling starfield background that the arcade version had. By putting a border around the playfield, they effectively removed, more or less, the "travelling through space" aspect that the coin-op version conveyed, since the 2600 couldn't hope to reproduce the moving stars. I have to admit, having seen this remake, that I like the borderless version better, though I still prefer the original designs of the Galaxians and your ship. Oh well, win some, lose some...