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Galaxian Galaxian - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Galaxian - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A game where a spaceship flies back and forth shooting aliens in space.

Galaxian was produced by Namco in 1979.

Namco released 310 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Namco was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Namco during the time period Galaxian was produced include: Gee Bee, Shoot Away, Bomb Bee, Cutie Q, Puck Man, SOS, and Navarone


Name Galaxian
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1979
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7885
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
Conversion Class Namco Galaxian
Game Specific Galaxian Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
  • Cabaret/Mini
Bezel Galaxian Bezel Image
Control Panel Galaxian Control Panel Image
Side Art Galaxian Side Art Image
PCB Galaxian PCB Image

Game Introduction

You are a space fighter pilot who must shoot wave after wave of aliens that look like dragonflies.

Game Play

You must shoot the aliens and their boss. Here are some tips for shooting the aliens: kill the boss and his two escorts, then shoot them when they are doing a somersault.

Galaxian KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.49 (16 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.36

Overall Like 3.69
Fun (Social) 2.38
Fun (Solo) 3.69
Collector Desire 3.19

Technical Rating: 3.61

Gameplay 3.81
Graphics 3.88
Originality 3.47
Sound/Music 3.44

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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This was the first video game released with 100 percent of its graphics displayed in true RGB color.

The Galaxian flagship is referred to as the "Galaxip" according to the game's manual, but in the actual game, the "Galaxip" is the player's ship. Notice the first screen after a credit has been inserted says "BONUS GALAXIP AT 4000 PTS".

The flagship appears as an attacker on some levels of Galaga. It also shows up as a prize in several other Namco games, but it is not exactly identical. In Pac-Man for instance, the "flagship" is actually an ice cream sundae look carefully for the differences.

Cabinet Information

The original cabinet is white with a painted picture of the player ship about to shoot a green dragonfly alien from the fleet. The painting is three color: Blue, Green same as the T-molding and Black, and uses the entire side area similar to original Pac-Man. This is unlike the restored graphic version shown in the 3D Tour photos.



This game was licensed to Midway for US manufacture and distribution.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Galaxian Census

There are 14,769 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,481 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,607 machines (6,903 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 605 known instances of this machine owned by Galaxian collectors who are active members. Of these, 429 of them are original dedicated machines. 14 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 162 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 13 active VAPS members with a Galaxian machines for sale. There are 9 active VAPS members with a Galaxian circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 15 active VAPS members currently looking for Galaxian. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Galaxian circuit board set.

This game ranks a 89 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 27 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The game uses a Z80 microprocessor. The troubleshooting manual can be found at


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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Arcade Treasures Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X) Page: 103; Color photo
  2. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 78; Color photo Price guide: No
  3. Arcade Fever Sellers (ISBN 0762409371) Page: 40; Color photo
  4. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 78; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright
  2. 3D Model (External): Upright B

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2016 4 345.00 359.38
2017 4 316.25 276.13
All Years 8 345.00 317.75


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