galaga_logoOne of the most notable of all the gaming genres is the 2D shooter.  And while the number of such titles in the App Store is growing, there is a sore lack of true quality offerings available for the iPhone.  We recently learned that an upcoming release from Namco's classics catalog will soon give shooter fans something to smile about.  Namco's arcade classic Galaga, widely considered to be one of the best arcade shooters of all time, is about to blast into the App Store in the form of Galaga Remix.

galaga_retro1This evening I spoke with several members of Namco's mobile group who shared details of this impending iPhone release.

Galaga Remix is two games in one.  While the 1981 classic that shooter fans have grown to know and love is here in all it's pixellated glory, a greatly enhanced take on the franchise is also represented.  Basically an iPhone version of Namco's Galaga Arrangement, a 1995 arcade title that has since appeared on various consoles including the PSP, the Remix side of Galaga Remix is a widescreen affair with frantic onscreen action, level bosses, and infinite continues.

In classic Galaga, the only powerup available was riding up the alien insect's beam to achieve a side-by-side ship arrangement, at the expense of a spare life.  Remix features nine different actual powerups (three levels of three distinct weapons improvements) including spray shots and supercharged laser cannons.  The game features 36 levels with changing galactic scenery and a massive boss insect (and its smaller minions) at the end of each series of six levels.  And while the classic game of Galaga is played in portrait orientation, Galaga Remix is played in widescreen, landscape.

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The game features three methods of controls, present in both the classic and Remix games: left / right onscreen buttons, a slider touch control at the bottom of the screen (below the player's ship), and accelerometer-based controls.  Each mode uses a tap to screen for laser fire

See Namco's preview video to see Galaga Remix in action.

The arrival of Galaga on the iPhone represents an extremely significant addition to the iPhone game library.  We can't wait to get our hands on Galaga Remix and will post a detailed hands-on when the game goes live.

Galaga Remix will arrive in the App Store any day now and will be priced at $5.99.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Not an April Fools'.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Not an April Fools'.

  • ZZMitch

    I had the Galaga Remix game on my PSP (part of a game pack) and I loved it. Having both is awesome (even though jailbreakers already have the original).

  • ZZMitch

    I had the Galaga Remix game on my PSP (part of a game pack) and I loved it. Having both is awesome (even though jailbreakers already have the original).

  • arn

    video fixed. sorry.

  • arn

    video fixed. sorry.

  • Fafner

    I'll actually pay $5.99 for this

  • Fafner

    I'll actually pay $5.99 for this

  • squipe

    Yes! This is more like it - I used to be UK champ at Galaga way back when (showing my age ;) so this will be a definite purchase!

  • squipe

    Yes! This is more like it - I used to be UK champ at Galaga way back when (showing my age ;) so this will be a definite purchase!

  • NotYou

    It's about time!

  • NotYou

    It's about time!

  • Adams Immersive

    Could be fun, but I generally prefer more of the iPhone's screen to be used for game play.

    • Klaus

      I totally agree!!!! More SCREEN for gameplay

  • Adams Immersive

    Could be fun, but I generally prefer more of the iPhone's screen to be used for game play.

    • Klaus

      I totally agree!!!! More SCREEN for gameplay

  • Ballpeen

    Gimmee!!

    one I will definitely buy. I also have Missile Command, Centipede & the Battlezone clone "Vector Tanks".

    Oh yeah keep those *quality* classics coming and I will keep buying!

    Dare I wish for Stargate/Defender and the vector-based Star Wars...?

    • Anonymous

      To Ballpeen:

      >Dare I wish for Stargate/Defender

      You can check out Viper for the iPT/iPhone. None of the snazzy sounds effects you're probably expecting.

  • Ballpeen

    Gimmee!!

    one I will definitely buy. I also have Missile Command, Centipede & the Battlezone clone "Vector Tanks".

    Oh yeah keep those *quality* classics coming and I will keep buying!

    Dare I wish for Stargate/Defender and the vector-based Star Wars...?

    • Anonymous

      To Ballpeen:

      >Dare I wish for Stargate/Defender

      You can check out Viper for the iPT/iPhone. None of the snazzy sounds effects you're probably expecting.

  • wizard

    Now we're talking.

  • wizard

    Now we're talking.

  • Jim

    w00t! I have been hoping to see this in a non remixed form. I am glad it includes both. That should please everybody.

  • Jim

    w00t! I have been hoping to see this in a non remixed form. I am glad it includes both. That should please everybody.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    i also have the PSP Namco arrangement version and it kicks serious ass. i still play that game. I hope this iPown version is as good as what Atari did with Centipede's ultra version.

    instant purchase this product i will.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    i also have the PSP Namco arrangement version and it kicks serious ass. i still play that game. I hope this iPown version is as good as what Atari did with Centipede's ultra version.

    instant purchase this product i will.

  • Jim

    Oh, I wish I hadn't read this. I can't wait.
    Is it out yet? No..? *sniffle*

  • Jim

    Oh, I wish I hadn't read this. I can't wait.
    Is it out yet? No..? *sniffle*

  • JCat

    Nice! Retro will always live on thank heavens - as long as they offer both original and remix, I'm there. Centipede and Missile Command are prime examples of just how to do it on the pod - and hopefully Galaga will be on target as well.

  • JCat

    Nice! Retro will always live on thank heavens - as long as they offer both original and remix, I'm there. Centipede and Missile Command are prime examples of just how to do it on the pod - and hopefully Galaga will be on target as well.

  • http://nathany.com/gadgeteer/ Nathan Youngman

    Galaga is the game that got me interested in computers and programming. $5.99 may be a bit on the pricey side compared to others, but it would be hard to say no.

  • http://nathany.com/gadgeteer/ Nathan Youngman

    Galaga is the game that got me interested in computers and programming. $5.99 may be a bit on the pricey side compared to others, but it would be hard to say no.

  • Ballpeen

    Thx for the info about Viper the Defender clone!

    Looks fairly good, hopefully they will improve a couple things in an update: some users wishing for option to adjust accelerometer sensitivity & for the smart bomb to be added.

  • Ballpeen

    Thx for the info about Viper the Defender clone!

    Looks fairly good, hopefully they will improve a couple things in an update: some users wishing for option to adjust accelerometer sensitivity & for the smart bomb to be added.

  • Steve

    Too bad Galaga sucks. It's one of those games that wanna-be retro gamers like to spout on about. But it is clearly one of those games that is better left as a fond memory. Remakes like this are good for about 5 minutes of nostalgia, and then it's back to Half-Life 2. $5.99? Please.

    • Ern2150

      I'm not a water-dwelling land mammal, did Steve tell you that perchance?
      Tsk, Steeve...

  • Steve

    Too bad Galaga sucks. It's one of those games that wanna-be retro gamers like to spout on about. But it is clearly one of those games that is better left as a fond memory. Remakes like this are good for about 5 minutes of nostalgia, and then it's back to Half-Life 2. $5.99? Please.

    • Ern2150

      I'm not a water-dwelling land mammal, did Steve tell you that perchance?
      Tsk, Steeve...

  • Chad

    I couldnt disagree with Steve more. In my opinion Galaga is one of my alltime favorite retro games. I will buy this day one.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      I agree. And I think that even the classic original can be embraced by gamers that are not particular retro fans. It's just a great game.

  • Chad

    I couldnt disagree with Steve more. In my opinion Galaga is one of my alltime favorite retro games. I will buy this day one.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      I agree. And I think that even the classic original can be embraced by gamers that are not particular retro fans. It's just a great game.

  • 1337brian

    To this day if anoyone were to ask me my favorite game of all time The original coin-op Galaga would be it... You better not be foolin Blake!

  • 1337brian

    To this day if anoyone were to ask me my favorite game of all time The original coin-op Galaga would be it... You better not be foolin Blake!

  • Ed

    Look out, here comes my new favorite game.

    Well, until someone ports the entire Tron game to the platform.

  • Ed

    Look out, here comes my new favorite game.

    Well, until someone ports the entire Tron game to the platform.

  • MilesO'Toole

    I don't care about the "remix", but I can't wait for the original. I think 5.99 is too much, frankly. It would be nice to be able to get the original (without the remix) at a fair price. Also, when are we going to see a "ms. pacman lite"?

  • MilesO'Toole

    I don't care about the "remix", but I can't wait for the original. I think 5.99 is too much, frankly. It would be nice to be able to get the original (without the remix) at a fair price. Also, when are we going to see a "ms. pacman lite"?

  • http://www.f1archives.co.uk/mobile.htm Gregz0r

    Looks good, but the original should be in there. The original is, afterall, the main reason people will buy this. Pole Position Remix should also have the original included.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Article text aside, you did see the screenshot of classic Galaga in this post, right?

      • Jim

        I half agree: I am ecstatic to see the original cocktail table version of Galaga included; but I also would like to see Namco add Pole Position 'un-re-mixed' to Pole Position Remix.

  • http://www.f1archives.co.uk/mobile.htm Gregz0r

    Looks good, but the original should be in there. The original is, afterall, the main reason people will buy this. Pole Position Remix should also have the original included.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Article text aside, you did see the screenshot of classic Galaga in this post, right?

      • Jim

        I half agree: I am ecstatic to see the original cocktail table version of Galaga included; but I also would like to see Namco add Pole Position 'un-re-mixed' to Pole Position Remix.

  • Mr. Poops

    i just came

  • Mr. Poops

    i just came

  • wizard

    Hopefully Taito will try and top this with Space Invaders Extreme.

  • wizard

    Hopefully Taito will try and top this with Space Invaders Extreme.

  • http://www.moistproduction.com jason

    I think Steve has this confused with Galaxian...
    If that is the case then I agree.
    But Galaga is hands down, one of the best shooters of all time and never gets old.

  • http://www.moistproduction.com jason

    I think Steve has this confused with Galaxian...
    If that is the case then I agree.
    But Galaga is hands down, one of the best shooters of all time and never gets old.

  • George

    Looks good sounds good H mode, fingers crossed, oh megaman you twat

  • George

    Looks good sounds good H mode, fingers crossed, oh megaman you twat

  • Ballpeen

    Galaga REMIX Lite is out!!

    wonder what's holding up the non-lite version? Guess it will be anytime now...

    :D

  • Ballpeen

    Galaga REMIX Lite is out!!

    wonder what's holding up the non-lite version? Guess it will be anytime now...

    :D

  • flor

    hola quiero jugar al galaga pero no lo encuentro alguien sabe a donde tengo q ir o como tengo q hacer?

    gracias!

  • flor

    hola quiero jugar al galaga pero no lo encuentro alguien sabe a donde tengo q ir o como tengo q hacer?

    gracias!