Galaxian

Galaxian

Galaxian

The real trend setter.

Galaxian is a game so underrated that it's almost impossible for me to walk past a Space Invaders machine without throwing it a dirty look and shake of the finger. Galaxian is a masterpiece adrift in a sea of mediocrity, and far too much of its hard earned historical thunder has been stolen by Taito's original coin guzzler.

Picture the scene. It's 1979 and you wander into a dark, smoky and noisy arcade at whichever seaside retreat your parents could afford to take you to (for myself, and 86 per cent of Britain, it was Blackpool).

Amid the mechanical grabbers, pinball tables and various gaming cabinets one machine stands proud. Its continually scrolling, hypnotising starfield draws you in closer and closer, and before you know it your 10p is already in the slot. This game has an identity of its own and you wonder whether you have fallen into some Tron-like parallel universe (or it would have, if Tron had been released at this point).

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