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Galaxian is a series of space shooter games created by Namco and part of the UGSF universe.

Video games

The released games are:

Original games

  • Galaxian (October 1979), Arcade. Later released for Apple II, Atari 400/800, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Bally Astrocade (Galactic Invasion), Coleco VFD table top, ColecoVision, Commodore VIC-20, Commodore 64, MSX, NEC PC-8801, Sharp X1, ZX Spectrum, Famicom, Coleco Mini-Arcade and Wii Virtual Console.
  • Galaga (July 23, 1981), Arcade. Later released for SG-1000 as Sega-Galaga, then for Atari 7800, MSX, TRS-80 Color Computer, Famicom/NES, Wii Virtual Console and Xbox Live Arcade. The NES version was also enclosed in the NES Classic Edition.
  • Gaplus (April 1984), Arcade. Also known as Galaga 3, was later released on Mobile Phone.
  • Galaga '88 (1987), Arcade. Later released for X68000, for NEC PC Engine with the title Galaga '90 outside Japan, for Game Gear with the title Galaga '91 in Japan and Galaga 2 in Europe, and for Wii Virtual Console.
  • Galaxian 3 (1990), Arcade, also known as Galaxian³: Project Dragoon. Released for PlayStation in 1996, featuring an extra game called Galaxian³: The Rising of Gourb.
    • Attack of the Zolgear (1994), Arcade. Conversion of Galaxian 3, it is also known as Galaxian³: Attack of the Zolgear.
  • Galaxian Fever (July 18, 2000), Arcade. A shooting game including modes based on Galaxian, Galaga and Gaplus.
  • Galaga 3D Impact (June 23, 2011), Nintendo 3DS. Relesed within Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions.
  • Galaga Assault (October 2015), Arcade. Including a new mode as well as an updated version of Galaga.
  • Galaga Wars (November 1, 2016), iOS, Android.

A game titled Galaxian Heroes, using the Ace Combat engine was teased on April 1, 2015, but was never released.


  • Galaga Arrangement (1995), Arcade. Released within Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1.
  • SD Gundam: OVER GALAXIAN (May 15, 2000), PlayStation. A remake of Galaxian featuring Gundam mechas.
  • Galaga: Destination Earth (September 23, 2000), Windows, Game Boy Color, PlayStation.
  • Galaxian Mini (2002), mobile phone.
  • Galaga Arrangement (February 24, 2005), PSP. Released within Namco Museum Battle Collection, it's a different game than the one in Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1.
  • Galaga X (2006), iOS.
  • Galaga Remix (October 23, 2007), Wii. Part of Namco Museum Remix.
  • Galaga Legions (August 20, 2008), Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3 via PSN.
  • Galaga Remix (2009), iOS. A port of Galaga Arrangement with multiplayer features removed.
  • Galaga Special Edition (October 8, 2010), iOS, Android.
  • Galaga Kai (2011), mobile phone.
  • Galaga Legions DX (June 29, 2011), Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3 via PSN.
  • Space Galaga (January 24, 2014), Android, iOS. A Space Dandy-themed remake of Galaga.
  • Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition (April 29, 2015), iOS, Android. A Tekken-themed remake of Galaga.
  • Mass Destruction VR Shooting: Galaga Fever (March 6, 2018), Arcade. Virtual reality version of Galaga released in Bandai Namco's "VR Zone" arcade centers.


  • Galaga & Galaxian (September 9, 1995), Game Boy.
  • Ms. Pacman / Galaga Class of 1981 (2001), Arcade.
  • Galaga 30th Anniversary Collection (July 23, 2011), iOS. It includes Galaxian, Galaga, Gaplus and Galaga '88.
  • Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions (June 23, 2011), Nintendo 3DS. Includes Pac-Man, Galaga, Pac-Man Championship Edition, Galaga Legions, and the new Pac-Man Tilt and Galaga 3D Impact. It also includes a trailer for the Pac-Man: The Adventure Begins TV series, titled Pac is Back.

Other media

An animated series based on the games, titled Galaga Chronicles is currently being produced.

Links to other series

Note: Galaxian 3 is the first game to mention the "UGSF" (United Galaxy Space Force), so every later game mentioning it is considered to reference the Galaxian series, unless referencing a previous game already mentioning it. Also note that if a series unrelated to Galaxian is revealed to take place in the same continuity in the official UGSF timeline, it's still not included here, since no direct link between them ever happened. See UGSF Timeline to know what games take place in its continuity.

Direction Series Date Description Type

5Arrow R Galactic Invasion1981 1981Galactic Invasion is a clone of Galaxian.3
5Arrow R Galaxian 21981 1981Galaxian 2 is based on Galaxian3
5Arrow R Gorf1981 1981"Galaxians" mode in Gorf is based on Galaxian; 3
5Arrow R Atari Force1983 1983Atari Force #5 features "Galaxian" vessels.1
5Arrow R WarGames19830507 May 07, 1983In the movie WarGames a Galaga cabinet can be seen.2

Arrow L & R

Xevious1984 1984The Galaxian flagship is an enemy in Super Xevious, while the X68000 version of Galaga '88 features a bonus level with enemies from Xevious.1
4Arrow L Rally-X198404 April 1984The Special Flag from Rally-X is a special item in Gaplus while the X68000 version of Galaga '88 features a bonus level with cars and flags from Rally-X; the cars from Rally-X are featured in Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition.1
5Arrow R Genpei Toma Den19861001 October 01, 1986The Galaxian flagship is an item in Genpei Toma Den.2
4Arrow L Bosconian1987 1987Galaga '88 features elements from Bosconian.1
5Arrow R Quester198709 September 1987The block formation in stage five of Quester is shaped like the Galaxian flagship.2
5Arrow R Babylonian Castle Saga19880722 July 22, 1988The Scorpions from Galaga appear as enemies in special stages in The Quest of Ki.1

Arrow L & R

Pac-Man19900630 June 30, 1990The X68000 version of Galaga '88 features a bonus level with the ghosts from Pac-Man, while the fighter from Galaxian is unlockable in Pac-Man Kart Rally; Pac-Man also appears in Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition and a Pac-Man-themed level appears in Galaga Wars; The flagship from Galaxian is a collectable item in various Pac-Man games; games from the Galaxian series are also included in Pac-Man Arcade Gold, Retro Arcade featuring Pac-Man, Pac-Man Party, Pac-Man Connect and Play and Pac-Man's anniversary arcadee cabinets; Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions is a collection of both Pac-Man and Galaga games.1
4Arrow L Dig Dug19900630 June 30, 1990Elements from Dig Dug are featured in the X68000 version of Galaga '88 and in Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition; the Galaxian flagship is an item in Dig Dug.1
4Arrow L Mappy19900630 June 30, 1990The X68000 version of Galaga '88 features a bonus level with enemies from Mappy, while Mappy himself makes an appearance in Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition.1
5Arrow R Pistol Daimyo no Boken199010 October 1990Pistol Daimyo no Boken features enemies from Galaxian.1

Double Arrow R

StarBlade1991 1991StarBlade is a spiritual sequel to Galaxian 3 and features some enemies from it; StarBlade: Operation Blue Planet features the UGSF.1
5Arrow R Ridge Racer19931007 October 07, 1993Gameplay scenes from Galaxian can be seen on screen in Ridge Racer, and the game also features a "Team Gaplus", while the PlayStation version also features a minigame version of Galaxian; a car called "Galaxian Paradise" is available in Ridge Racer 64 and Ridge Racer DS. A nitrous brand called "Galaxian" is featured in Ridge Racer 7, specializing in nitrous recharge rates.2
5Arrow R Tinkle Pit199312 December 1993A Red Galaxian, a Galaxian Flagship, a Galaxip, a Type 3 Zako from Gaplus and a Momiji from Galaga are secret bonus characters in Tinkle Pit.1
5Arrow R Cyber (Namco)1994 1994Cyber Commando features the UGSF.
5Arrow R World Stadium1995 1995Super World Stadium '95 features billboards advertising Galaga.2
5Arrow R Namco Classic Collection1995 1995Namco Classic Collection Vol.1 includes Galaga.2
5Arrow R Mortal Kombat19950415 April 15, 1995Mortal Kombat 3 features a minigame based on Galaga.3
5Arrow R Namco Museum19951122 November 22, 1995Various games in the Galaxian series are included in Namco Museum titles.2
5Arrow R Namco Gallery19960721 July 21, 1996Namco Gallery Vol. 1 includes Galaga, while Vol. 2 includes Galaxian.2
5Arrow R Tenkomori Shooting199811 November 1998Tenkomori Shooting features a minigame based on Galaga.2
5Arrow R Point Blank19990430 April 30, 1999Point Blank 2 features a level based on Galaga, while Point Blank 3 features a level based on Galaxian.1
5Arrow R Star Ixiom19990909 September 09, 1999Star Ixiom features ships from the Galaxian series.1


Gundam20000515 May 15, 2000SD Gundam: OVER GALAXIAN is a format crossover between the two series, featuring ships and mechas from Gundam, and gameplay from Galaxian.3
5Arrow R Taiko no Tatsujin20031030 October 30, 2003Taiko no Tatsujin: Appare Sandaime and later games in the series feature music tracks from the Galaxian series; music from Galaxian and Galaga is also featured in the Namcot Medley debuting in Taiko no Tatsujin 10; additionally, the Galaxian flagship appears in Taiko no Tatsujin 13 as an icon.2
5Arrow R Wario20041202 December 02, 2004A microgame in WarioWare: Touched! is inspired on the NES version of Galaga.2.5
5Arrow R Namco × Capcom20050526 May 26, 2005Namco × Capcom features the UGSF.
5Arrow R Mario200510 October 2005An alien from Galaga makes an appearance as an item in the Mario Kart Arcade GP series.
5Arrow R Space Adventure Cobra200511 November 2005The Galaxian Flagship and Boss Galaga appear as collectible items in Cobra the Arcade.2
5Arrow R Starfy20060413 April 13, 2006Ships and aliens looking like those from Galaga are present in the code of Densetsu no Starfy 4, although unused.53
5Arrow R Bounty Hounds20060912 September 12, 2006An infant Zolgear is featured in Bounty Hounds.1
5Arrow R LOST20061025 October 25, 2006A submarine named "The Galaga" is featured in Lost.3
5Arrow R New Space Order2007 2007The New Space Order demo features weapons from Galaxian 3.1
5Arrow R Futurama20080624 June 24, 2008Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs features a videogmae called "Gxlaxian".2.5
5Arrow R Family Stadium20110331 March 31, 2011Pro Baseball Famista 2011 and Famista Dream Match feature an alien from Galaga as a guest player; additionally Pro Yakyuu Family Stadium and its sequels include players called "Galaga", "Gala 3" (only in Famista 2), "Kyara Hachi" (after Galaga '88), "Dragoon" (after the player's ship from Galaxian 3), "Galboss" and "Zolgear".1
5Arrow R Ready Player One20110816 August 16, 2011Galaga is mentioned several times in Ready Player One.2
5Arrow R Katamari20110929 September 29, 2011Katamari Amore features a Galaga-themed level.1
5Arrow R Avengers (Marvel)20120411 April 11, 2012In the movie The Avangers a character is seen playing Galaga.2
5Arrow R Namco High20131217 December 17, 2013The Galaga ship is one of the main characters in Namco High.1


Space Dandy20140124 January 24, 2014Space Galaga is a crossover between the two series.1
5Arrow R Shin-Gun Destroy!20140910 September 10, 2014Shin-Gun Destroy! Girl's Tank Battalion features references to the UGSF.1
5Arrow R Super Smash Bros.20140913 September 13, 2014The Boss Galaga appears as an item in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and for Wii U, with its tractor beam also appearing as Pac-Man's grab move, while the Galaxian Flagship appears as one of the items in Pac-Man's Bonus Fruit move.1
5Arrow R Ace Combat20140930 September 30, 2014Music from the unrelesead Galaxian Heroes was featured in the compilation soundtrack Ace Combat Infinity & Series Music Best.3
4Arrow L Tekken20150429 April 29, 2015Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition features many characters from the Tekken series; additionally the PlayStation version of Tekken features a minigame version of Galaga and the Galaxian Flagship is featured as a point indicator in Tekken and Tekken 2.1
4Arrow L Splatterhouse20150429 April 29, 2015Rick from Splatterhouse makes an appearance in Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition.1
4Arrow L Rolling Thunder20150429 April 29, 2015Elements from Rolling Thunder are featured in Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Edition.1
5Arrow R Pixels20150724 July 24, 2015The Boss Galaga appears as one of the videogame characters in the movie, Pixels.1
5Arrow R LittleBigPlanet20170110 January 10, 2017Galaxian and Galaga costumes is downloadable in LittleBigPlanet 3.2
5Arrow R Kamen Rider20170325 March 25, 2017Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Chou Super Hero Taisen features a Galaxian Gashat.2
5Arrow R Super Sentai-Power Rangers20170325 March 25, 2017Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Chou Super Hero Taisen features a Galaxian Gashat.2
5Arrow R Groove Coaster20180329 March 29, 2018The main theme of Galaga and Galaxian are part of the "Namcot Medley" BGM featured in Groove Coaster 4: Starlight Road.2
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