Galagon - Atari 2600



TV Type:  NTSC        PAL60      
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Galagon brings the hit arcade game to the Atari 2600! Champ Games continues their excellent track record of bringing remarkable arcade ports to the Atari 2600. Their previous titles include Wizard of Wor Arcade, Mappy, Super Cobra Arcade, Scramble, Lady Bug, and Conquest of Mars. Galagon features one and two player modes (including two-player co-op and challenge modes), several skill levels, the ability to enable auto-fire independently for each player, pause functionality, AtariVox support to save high scores, and QuadTari support to allow two-players and AtariVox use at the same time.

How to Play

Galagon is a one or two player game using the joystick controllers. Use the joystick to move your ship left and right to avoid incoming fire and to line up your shots to destroy the enemy. Press the fire button to fire up to two missiles (or four missiles when your ship is doubled). Destroy all of the enemies to advance to the next stage. There are 99 levels to complete.


The Enemies

  • Bees (blue): These enemies fly in a loop pattern towards your ship when attacking. Be careful when they loop around to return back to the formation!
  • Butterflies (red): These enemies fly in more of a zig-zag pattern towards you and wrap around the screen when they pass your ship.
  • Flagships (cyan/blue): These flagship enemies fly alone or in packs protected by butterfly guards. The flagships require two hits to destroy them; after one hit they turn from cyan to blue. Hitting them when they are blue will destroy them.
  • Split enemies (multiple): Starting on level 4, at some point during the level a bee will flash and split into three other enemies! They will swoop towards you and circle your ship; destroy all three for bonus points.
  • Captured ship (red or blue): When your ship is captured by a flagship (see below), he is forced to fight for the opposition until he is freed. Although he can be destroyed, you should instead try to rescue him so that he may fight for your cause once again!

Tractor Beam

Occasionally during a level, a flagship will fly to a particular spot on the screen and emit a tractor beam attempting to capture your ship. If your ship is captured in the tractor beam, it will turn red (or blue for player 2) and join the enemy! When he takes off from formation, shoot his captor to free him and double up your ship (and double your fire power!), but be careful not to shoot the captured ship. With double fire, your two ships will each fire a missile at the same time (up to two each).

Challenge Stages

Starting on level 3 and every 4th level after that is a CHALLENGE STAGE. In this stage, the enemies do not fire and your ship cannot be destroyed. The object is to shoot as many ships as possible (up to 40) to increase your score. Shooting all 40 will result in a 10,000 point bonus.

Gameplay Video

Game Options

  • Novice, Standard, Advanced, and Challenge Modes
  • One and Two Player support (including two-player co-op modes)
  • Use Difficulty Switches to Enable/Disable Auto-fire for each player
  • Built-in Pause Feature using Color/BW Switch
  • Supports QuadTari Adapter for simultaneous two-player and AtariVox support
  • High-Score Tables stored using AtariVox or SaveKey (if present)


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Choose Your Galagon Label!

We've created two different label designs for Galagon, featuring Dave Dries' artwork. "Style A" is the artwork on the front of the box, and "Style B" is the artwork featured on the back of the box. Please choose above which label style you want! If you don't make a choice, you will receive "Style A" by default.

Galagon Label Style A
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Galagon Label Style B
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Galagon Poster Included

Dave Dries' beautiful artwork for Galagon is featured on a double-sided 10" x 14" poster and is included free with the game!

Galagon Poster

AtariVox Support

If you have an AtariVox or SaveKey plugged into joystick port 2, up to five high scores are saved for each skill level. The current skill level, game mode, and number of players are also saved. To reset all scores on the AtariVox/Savekey for Wizard of Wor Arcade, press and hold RESET while powering on the game.

Additional Information

MelodyGalagon is a Melody-enhanced game that takes full advantage of the CDF mode in the Melody.

Galagon includes game cartridge, full-color, 12-page manual, professionally printed box, and a double-sided 10" x 14" poster featuring Dave Dries' Galagon box artwork!

Available in NTSC and PAL60 television formats--please select above. If you do not select an option, you will receive an NTSC cartridge by default.

Number of Players 1 - 2
Controller Joysticks
Cartridge Size 32K CDF
Code and Design John W. Champeau
Graphics and Design Nathan Strum
Music and Sound Effects Ross Keenum
Packaging Illustration and Design Dave Dries
Brian Jones on 01/11/2020 10:28pm
This is the game I have been hoping and waiting for on the 2600 since I was a kid, playing on my original console. And thought probably wasn't possible.

It is as close as you can get to the arcade on the 2600. The graphics and sound are both great and true to the arcade. Both are better than you would expect on a 2600.

It comes in professional, quality packaging with beautiful artwork.

If you are a Galaga fan, this is a MUST get. Even if you aren't, this is probably a must get just for the quality of it.

One of the best games for the 2600.
save2600 on 01/02/2020 04:54pm
Amazing port of a game that is as timeless as the Atari VCS itself. While Galaga has never been one of my personal top favorites, I can really appreciate what's gone into this conversion. Beautiful graphics, colors, animation, sound effects, background sounds, bonus stages, animated star field, double-fighter, frantic gameplay, etc. It's all basically here.

If you're not bothered by the enemies' spacing (a true limitation of the VCS that can't be helped) than yes - Galagon is damn near arcade 'perfect'. Another top notch production from Champ Games and one of the very few VCS games that actually tires out my thumb while playing! Time to dust off the Starplex controller. :-)
David Sherwin on 12/29/2019 01:56pm
They're beautiful.they're deadly.they're on the 2600! Totally unbelievable game that has to be played to be appreciated. I kept telling random strangers at PRGE "Galaga has been ported to the 2600! The 2600!" And then ran back to the AA booth for more rounds. The artwork and poster (both sides) are just great, too.
William Kebler on 12/08/2019 04:38pm
What more can I say, it's basically an arcade perfect game! Its really amazing and the challenge levels option is a lot of fun. The box and cart are amazing quality and there's a quality bonus poster as well. Your collection is incomplete without this amazing and iconic title! Get it!

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