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  • Galaxian was designed to build and improve upon the formula of Space Invaders by featuring colorful graphics, more sound effects and music, and different enemy patterns to increase game difficulty.

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  • The game was widely pirated during the early 1980s, resulting in numerous hacks featuring redesigned enemies and special bonus stages.

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  • Midway agreed to publish Galaxian in North America for Namco after Taito decided to market Space Invaders themselves as Midway was in need of finding a new foreign license.

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  • Galaxian holds the honor of being the first game to feature enemies with individual personalities as the enemies will attempt to kamikaze the player.

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  • Galaxian uses multi-colored animated sprites and explosions, different colored fonts for the score and high score, a scrolling background, graphic icons that show the number of lives left and how many stages the player has completed. It also features a theme song and more prominent background music. These features were a massive landmark for an arcade video game in 1979.

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