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Galaxy Force
Publisher:
Arcade
Sega,
Sega Master System
Activision (US), Sega (EU)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Y Board, Sega Master System
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (Y Board)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (Y Board)
US
$? ?
Arcade (Y Board)
UK
£? ?















Sega Master System
US
$? ?
Sega Master System
UK
£27.95[2] 29001
Sega Master System
FR
?F 29001
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 29001
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 29001
Sega Master System
BR
R$? ?




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Galaxy Force (ギャラクシーフォース) is a 1988 arcade game developed by Sega AM2 for Sega Y Board hardware. It is similar to other games released by the company at around this time (After Burner, Thunder Blade), being a third-person on-the-rails shooter reliant on sprite scaling effects.

Gameplay

In its original form, Galaxy Force is a four-level rail shooter in which you fly across various planets shooting enemies. Roughly two months after release, however, it was updated in the form of Galaxy Force II - a bug-fixed version of the game with extra levels. The vast majority of Galaxy Force cabinets were upgraded, and Galaxy Force II is often seen as the "definitive" version of the game, finding the original Galaxy Force is extremely difficult. It is also very rarely mentioned by Sega - Galaxy Force II almost always gets priority.

History

Legacy

Versions

Galaxy Force II has been brought to several systems, but the original Galaxy Force was only ported to the Sega Master System, where it arrived in 1989. Though built by Sega, Activision handled distribution in the US, and though not released in Japan, it has an FM sound track intended for use with the Japanese-only FM Sound Unit.

The Master System Galaxy Force makes a number of significant cutbacks, including the scrapping of an entire stage and the energy meter, which in turn removes the time limit. Rotational effects have been removed entirely, and scaling is simplified, with much of the scenery removed in favour of waves of enemies. The net result is a game that plays more like the earlier Space Harrier, though is significantly shorter.

Gallery

Production credits

Master System version

Co Producer and Co Coordinator: K.Muura
Coordinator: K.Yama
Designer: Y.Sadamony
Sound: K.Tukaara
Assistant Programmer: S.Fujida, M.Sakada, M.Yamamo
Assistant Designer: N.Ichikuwa, Y.Yamakuchi, T.Kawakuchi, K.Sasake
Programmer and Executive Producer: K.Tany
Presented by: Sega

Magazine articles

Main article: Galaxy Force/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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VG&CE US 11.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) #11: "December 1989" (1989-xx-xx)
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CVG UK 097.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #97: "December 1989" (1989-11-16)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #98: "January 1990" (1989-12-16)[3]

Physical scans

Sega Y Board version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №59, p93
100 №78, p74/75[4]
Arcade
90
Based on
2 reviews

Y Board, US
GalaxyForce YBoard US Manual.pdf
Manual
Y Board, JP

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №22, p57[5]
91 №1, p56[6]
91 №4, p96[7]
91 №1, p56Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[8]
85 №0, p58-60
90 №92, p92/93[9]
58 №2, p14[10]
60 №22, p97[11]
75 №2, p69[12]
28 №2, p39[13]
85 №8, p72-74[14]
85 №1, p133[15]
32 №7/89, p53[16]
87 №3, p12/13[17]
80 №23, p56
89 №3, p18[18]
79
60 №67
Sega Master System
75
Based on
18 reviews

Master System, US
GalaxyForce SMS US Box.jpg
Cover
GalaxyForce SMS US Cart.jpg
Cart
Galaxyforce sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
GalaxyForce SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU
® variant
GalaxyForce SMS EU R cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, BR
GalaxyForce SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
GalaxyForce SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
GalaxyForceSMSBrManual.pdf
Manual

References


Games in the Galaxy Force Series
Galaxy Force (1988) | Galaxy Force II (1988) | Sega Ages Galaxy Force II (1998) | Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 30: Galaxy Force II: Special Extended Edition (2007) | 3D Galaxy Force II (2013)
Galaxy Force related media
Music
Galaxy Force (album) (1988) | Galaxy Force II & Thunder Blade Original Sound Track (2007) | Galaxy Force II & Thunder Blade (2017)
Film
Galaxy Force (video) (1988)