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Coin-Op : Arcade : Galaga (1981, Bally Midway)

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Wow, what a great follow up to Galaxian! Galaga is arguably the best space shooter game of the 80s.

You control the ship at the bottom of the screen, and you have to defeat swarm after swarm of enemies. If you allow your ship to be captured, you can release it and then you'll have two guns to fight with. Featuring bonus rounds, and variations in each wave, Galaga is still a favorite today.

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Galaga is definitely one of the most collected games today, up there with Ms. Pac-Man, Tempest, and Dragon's Lair. Since Galaga can still earn its keep in the arcades, they are worth just as much to the arcade operators as they are to the collector. As such, Galaga machines command a high price.

In 2000, Namco released an updated combo game featuring Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. You could also play "Pac-Man" by entering a special code.

Weights and Measurements:

Type Height Width Depth Weight   Notes
Cabaret: 59" 20" 24" 0 lbs.   Mini Myte
Cocktail: 29" 32" 22" 0 lbs.   Cocktail
Upright: 67.375" 24.875" 33" 0 lbs.   From my ded cab - flyer incorrect
Upright: 73" 27" 34" 0 lbs.   Upright

Disclaimer: These are approximate weights and measurements taken from actual games or the manufacturer's literature. Occasionally games vary.

Web Reference Links:

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Knowledge Base Articles:

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Galaga Pinout spies.com
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MAME Virtual Machines:

Year ROM Set Description Manufacturer
1981 galagab2 Galaga (bootleg) bootleg
1981 galagads Galaga (fast shoot) hack
1981 galagamw Galaga (Midway) [Namco] (Midway license)
1981 galaga Galaga (Namco) Namco

NOTE: These are MAME "Virtual Machines." These virtual machines are ROM-specific but contain address space information (memory maps) that may be useful when debugging hardware. There may be descrepancies between MAME's definition of the hardware, and actual hardware. Information is provided for reference only. THERE ARE NO ROMS ANYWHERE ON THIS WEB SITE.

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