The latest shooter by Taito, Galactic Attack lets players battle against hordes of enemies that are not only on one level but exist on multiple planes. Galactic Attack is a fast top down view shooter in which you fly your ship and battle through the exhilarating levels of action.
You can play by yourself or with a friend in Two-player Mode where you can combine forces to double the effectiveness of your attack.
The stage backgrounds are the most impressive feature of this title. They visually stimulate (and distract) the player with their nauseating effects. Close attention must be paid to blocking out these eyesores as you concentrate on your ship and dodge the enemy's ammunition coming your way. These backgrounds have a close resemblance to the irritating but impressive background effects of ???, which first set the standards of games in this genre.
Your ship has full-screen movement and reacts quickly to the slightest touch of the controller, allowing you to get to the much desired power-ups that appear all over the screen. Galactic Attack has different planes of existence for the enemies. They can be simplified into two groups, the first group being the one that you can shoot with your front weapons and the other group of enemies that are lower than your craft on various levels. These enemies cannot be effected by your frontal guns and must be targeted with your laser attack to track them to their home level to strike them dead. The interesting point to these enemies is that you can see a group of them approaching from a low altitude being small on the screen and watch them grow as they come into range of your front guns. While they are approaching from the bottom you can pick off as many as possible to save yourself the difficulty of having to battle them all on your level where they have a better chance of destroying you.
The music track is typical for a game of this type. It is upbeat and fast-paced easily keeping the player from falling asleep while behind the wheel. The sound effects also keep the game lively by adding the proper noises and sounds to accent you’re playing with laser shots and explosions. The best feature of the effects is that the front guns are toned down, so you don't get annoyed as they fire repeatedly throughout the entire game.
Galactic Attack is a joy to play. With the multiple levels of enemies, fast-moving backgrounds and the excellent graphics and sound, it will easily work itself into the hands of gamers who love the classic top-down perspective shooters but want some new twists to the aging genre.
The enemies within Galactic Attack are located on multiple levels of the screen keeping your standard frontal attack from causing any damage to them. Flying in front of your ship on the screen at all times is the laser-locking sight that marks and records enemies that it touches. It can mark multiple enemies allowing you to kill more than one at a time with only one press of the button. The lasers fire out of the rear of your ship and track forward to anything that has been marked. These are extremely powerful and destroy enemies and other objects with one hit. However, if nothing has been marked, then the lasers fire rearward and just arc forward chasing after nothing. The auto locking lasers give you full advantage of the screens of the game by giving you twice as much action and diversity as with standard two-dimensional shooters.
MANUFACTURER - Acclaim
DIFFICULTY - Moderate
THEME - Shooter
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
2016-08-17 Galactic Attack game added.