Galaga Wars

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Well-done but overcommercialized remake of classic game.

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Ease of Play

Simple controls, but game itself can be challenging. 

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon violence throughout, but that's it.

Sexy Stuff

Players encouraged to upgrade their ships using in-game currency (which can be bolstered with real-world cash). Can "buy" extended play time by watching video ads. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Galaga Wars is an updated version of the classic arcade game. Players shoot enemy spaceships, but the violence is cartoonish in nature. The game is a bit ad-intense, though; instead of the standard three lives, you'll have to pay or watch a video ad to continue after you're initially defeated. Upgrading your ship costs in-game currency, which can be bought using real-world cash. Learn more about what the publisher does with player personal information by reading its privacy policy

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What's it about?

GALAGA WARS casts you as the pilot of a deep space craft. You'll fight off swarms of alien invaders, who all look rather bug-like. To warp from one area to another, you'll have to defeat massive bosses, which is easier to do by upgrading your ship with additional weapons and teaming with captured pilots (whom you rescue). 

Is it any good?

It's dangerous to mess with a classic, but every once in a while, it works out, if you can get past the blatant advertising. Galaga is one of those games many might argue doesn't need upgrading -- and they might be right -- but Galaga Wars tweaks the arcade classic just enough to bring it into the modern age, but retain much of the original's fun factor. The nonstop waves of enemies still give players an adrenaline rush, but the addition of blatant commercialism on top of the game might rub some people the wrong way. Being forced to watch a video ad to continue playing is grating, and optional upgrades seem mandatory after you've progressed a few levels into the game. The core of the game is solid, though, and the bright new graphics make it more accessible to younger players. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advancing through achievement or through shortcuts. Do you feel a sense of accomplishment earning your advancement, or is it better to get farther with a shortcut?

  • Talk about budgeting. Is it better to save your cash and buy something bigger or splurge on a temporary upgrade?

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