Galaga Quarter Scale Arcade Cabinet | Nostalgia Nerd


[Intro Squeals] You remember last year; Numskull launched
a Pacman quarter scale arcade cabinet. Well, now they’re back with Gal-a-ga, or Ga-lag-a
or Gal-agar. Let’s take a look! So here we arrive at the preliminary stage
of a new product; the packaging. Unlike the Pacman box, now we have a plastic
window to see inside – clearly Numskull are planning on getting these in high street shops,
where that will play an essential part. On opening, you may notice that Numskull haven’t
included a collectable gold coin on this occasion; I’m told that it was traded in favour of lowering
the price of these units to something more accessible, than the lofty heights of Pacman. But regardless, on initial inspection the
dinky cabinet seems to be finished to the high quality standard that Numskull are aiming
for with this range, even with this initial pre-production cabinet. On first glance, everything seems to be in
order, and it looks like a Galaga arcade cabinet. The side art is stuck on using a sticker,
but then it was on the original as well. We’ll get into the finer details shortly,
but first, let’s power this baby up and see if we get that bite size wave of nostalgic
arcade euphoria. After a short Numskull logo and a scrambled
ROM loading screen, we get to the title screen… It’s ok, it takes this long on the proper
cabinet as well. [arcade sounds] [further jangley arcade sounds] [Music that sounds similar to a certain trilogy] Ahhh yes, the nostalgia, can you feel it sweeping
over you? I certainly can, but if you can’t, here’s
a refresher; [SOUNDS] Galaga is actually the sequel to Galaxian,
released in 1979 by Namco, and actually forming their first arcade hit. Following 2 years later, Galaga was initially
a project to make use of existing Galaxian arcade cabinets, but the arcades demanded
something better, and Shigeru Yokoyama and his team therefore placed a focus on implementing
upgraded hardware. Gameplay is actually very similar, although
Galaga is faster, allows rapid firing, has more level variation, better sound effects
and is generally more fun. Back then the 2 year gap between 1979 and
1981 brought significant advancements to arcade technology, and comparing the two is a good
case study for this. Another similarity is the name, hence why
Galaga is actually pronounced with an emphasis on the laaaaa, in the same way you’d pronounce
Galaxian. This has been confirmed by several people
linked to Midway, but it’s also apparent that the Galaga pronunciation quickly overtook
the original and became lore. Although thinking about it, then shouldn’t
it be Ga-LAG-a?…. Pffffft, you could spend your life just arguing
over letters. I’m going to stick with Galaga for this episode. In any case, it doesn’t really matter, what
matters is how exhilarating this game was in the dark, smokey and exciting environment
of an 80s arcade. [Blissfully nostalgic arcade sounds] There’s actually a lesser known follow up
called Gaplus, released in 1984, sometimes known as Galaga 3, and it’s a much more frenzied,
and quirky affair, which perhaps didn’t hit the same notes of the first 2 games. It’s almost like these games follow the pattern
of the famous trilogy they clearly sought inspiration from. [Ominous futuristic music] If we compare an original cabinet to the 1/4
scale, you should see that everything is pretty spot on, from the side sticker sizing to the
wooden construction, rear air vents, back-lit marquee and even control layout. There were several variants of the original,
some with different artwork placement, some with different coloured border strips, but
this is – I believe – it’s most common incarnation. I think it’s also key to point out that this
isn’t quarter size, it’s QUARTER SCALE. That’s very different, Quarter Sized could
infer it’s quarter of the volume, no, no. Quarter scale means each measurement is a
quarter of the original. So actually, 64 of these little critters could
theoretically fit into an original cabinet. To demonstrate here’s Dave. Hi Dave. He looks rather dapper doesn’t he? Dave is about 1/6th scale, so he’s a bit too
small, but he can pose as a child, it’s fine. JESUS CHRIST! What the hell is that?? Just keep playing Dave. Just keep playing. Don’t look up. It’s alright, he’s not actually ferocious. Look at him! Lazy piece of shiiii [Up beat musical melody] But anyway, down to the real crux. How does it play? [Beepy sounds of glory] [Galaga theme] Well, pretty well. The tiny micro-switched joystick is limited
to horizontal movement, as it should be, with instant reaction times, and it just like the
Pacman cabinet, the reduced size means that you can actually react slightly quicker than
a full size cabinet – I mean there’s less distance to move. The buttons are equally as responsive, and
just so damn cute, look at them. These particular ones are matt, rather than
gloss, but that will change on the final version. I quite like the matt if I’m totally honest. Keeping to it’s roots, like the previous Pacman
cabinet, this baby is running on the original ROM, scaled to fit the 3:4 aspect 5″ LCD
screen. You might remember that the prototype Pacman
cabinet had some screen scaling issues. I’m pleased to say that none of those are
present here. Neither are the sound distortion issues from
that original machine, with a smooth volume up and down from the 3 watt speaker. *EXPLODE* Everything has been refined and it truly feels
like Rick Moranis has stumbled in here and shrunk down a full size cabinet into this
more versatile little offering. The only thing I would say, is that the cabinet shows finger marks easily, as you can see here. For convenience we’ve still got the lithium
ion battery inside, which gives a pretty substantial life. My Pacman cabinet can be left on for hours
powered by battery alone, and I reckon you even eek out 5 or 6 with continuous gameplay. Great for if you want to play this whilst
stuck in traffic [Car engine sounds] *SMASH* or whilst watching the kids at the park. “can I play with these garden shears?” -yeah, yeah sure, I’m just playing Galaga, so off you go. But come on. You wouldn’t do that. This is a precision replica. You might damage it. Side by side with the Pacman cabinet, you
can start to see how a mini arcade could very easily be formed in your house, especially
if you have a smaller property, that can’t take those larger machines. [STING] Combined with the machines lined up in the
Numskull range, I feel you could very easily create your own little arcade to show to all
your friends and family. *tumbleweed* Personally I’m looking forward to track and
field, I hope those tiny buttons are up for a hammering. I’m also intrigued how they’ll handle the
mirrored screen of Space Invaders. But with the added possibility of some 90s
machines around the corner… or so I hear on the top secret underground grapevine. Things are looking pretty promising. I might start working on my diorama arcade
of my dreams background this instant. I want to give it a seaside town vibe, so
I’ll probably pop Dave and his mate at the back, and have them absolutely hammered on
Budweiser in the corner. You never know guys, a Sindy doll might rock
up sometime, and completely ignore your pathetic asses. I tell you what would be perfect to compliment
this setup, a couple of fruit machines that Dave could waste all his money on…. YOU BETTER MAKE SOME MINI FRUIT MACHINES Numskull,
that would be AMAZING! Anyway, back to reality. What about the actual choice of game? Is it a good one? Well, it’s Galaga, it’s a decent game with
decent level progression. It’s not always classed as an arcade essential,
but having spent many an hour on Galaga ’91 for the Master System, I feel it certainly
is for me. Compared to the original cabinet, it’s literally
the same ROM, running on a custom built emulator, and the hardware inside handles it spot on. Actually, whilst we’re in here if you’re new
to this crazy, fast paced, space world, then this cabinet has a new feature. OPTIONS. Yes, just like the DIP switches found in the
original cabinet, which actually, you won’t find in the back of this one, we can change
settings. The difference is, instead of being soldered
on the motherboard, you can access them by holding down these two buttons upon boot. Mmmmm, nice. I enjoy it when a plan comes together. In this instance a company actually improving
their product, based on customer feedback. How refreshing… So there we go, that’s the Numskull Galaga
1/4 scale arcade cabinet. If you’re looking to collect this entire range
then it’s a must by. These Numksull offerings are really the peak
of these mini scale machines, offering a much more accurate representation than some of
the other reproductions on the market, which aren’t to scale, or are just cheaply made,
although some of those are nice in their own right. Mmmmmm, Tempest… I like Tempest. If you’re a fan of Galaga, then again, it’s
a good item to buy, and would look as excellent on a shelf as it would with your grubby paws
all over it. I’ll pop a link below if you want to delve
down the rabbit hole. Otherwise, I guess we’ll do this all over
again when Ms. Pacman arrives. Thanks for watching, have a great evening! [Music out]

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