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Galaxy Ranger Galaxy Ranger - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Galaxy Ranger - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Interactive Laser Disc space battle game with computer-generated overlaid graphics. Control a space craft to defend against attacking enemy waves then destroy the enemy command ship. Huge explosions. Video images are from a Toei film - Message From Space.

Galaxy Ranger was produced by Bally Midway in 1983.

Bally Midway released 96 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Bally Midway was based in United States.

Other machines made by Bally Midway during the time period Galaxy Ranger was produced include: Baby Pac-Man, Blue Print, Bump 'n Jump, BurgerTime, Earth Friend, Domino Man, Discs Of Tron, Grand Slam (4 player version), Gold Ball, and E2088


Name Galaxy Ranger
Developer Bally Midway (United States)
Year 1983
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7893
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
External Device LDP - Hitachi VIP9500SG
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way with button - Fire
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Galaxy Ranger Control Panel Image

Game Play

The game play is similar to Buck Rogers Planet Of Zoom. Move your fighter craft around the screen to avoid enemy fire, colliding with the enemy fighters, mines, and other objects. Basically shoot anything that moves.

The game is divided into different waves. At the end of a wave there is a command ship which must be destroyed. Some waves required the player to maneuver their fighter through a trench while trying to destroy enemy fighters. With each successive wave the enemy fighters became more aggressive and accurate with their shots.

The first 60 seconds of game play are penalty free, meaning that your fighter can be repeatedly destroyed without the game ending. After 60 seconds, if the player is destroyed, the game is over unless an extra ship was earned.

The enemy fighters are all laser disc generated along with the backgrounds, except for the mines. Enemy fighters shots are computer generated and come from the fighters as they move around the screen. Results in a greater interactivity of the laser disc video and makes game play less linear.

Galaxy Ranger KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Some of the video came from a 1979 Toei SciFi space film - Message From Space. The rest was made specially for the game.


The game is also known as Star Blazer.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Galaxy Ranger Census

There are 14,842 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,508 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,944 machines (6,921 unique titles).

Common - There are 24 known instances of this machine owned by Galaxy Ranger collectors who are active members. Of these, 11 of them are original dedicated machines. 6 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 7 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a Galaxy Ranger machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Galaxy Ranger circuit board for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 8 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

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



This game can be converted to Astron Belt by swapping the game ROMs from a game that uses the Hitachi LD player. The laser disc was a double sided disc with a Sega disc label. The Sega part number, on the disc label and jacket, was 2005025H. Monitors used in the game were Wells Gardner, Electrohome and Nanao. The Nanao monitors were only used in the Japanese made sitdown and upright games. The games uses the same pinouts as the other Sega laser disc games such as Star Blazer and Astron Belt.


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 176; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 176; Color photo

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