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Galaga 3 (rev. C)

| 1984

Release type:
Units produced: Namco
Controls/Input Device: Control(joy8way), Buttons(1)
Number of Players: 2
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SoundMix: Mono
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MAME folder name: galaga3

Display: raster 288x224 @ 60.61Hz (60.61 pixclock)
Sound: 1 channels

Emulated in MAME via driver gaplus.c:
Status: imperfect; Emulation: good
Graphic: imperfect; Sound: good; Color: good
Palette size: 768; Savestate: unsupported

g3_3e.bin with 512kb
sha1:2ba51ccdd0428fc48758ed8fea36c8ce0e752a45 crc:417ba0dc
g3_3f.bin with 512kb
sha1:6d0512958bc522d22e69336677369507847f8f6f crc:d48c0eef
gal3_9l.bin with 8192kb
sha1:0a556b45976bc36eb99048b1512c446b472da1d2 crc:8d4dcebf
gp2-1.1n with 256kb
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gp2-1.4b with 8192kb
sha1:4e0a31d84cb7aca497485dbe0240009d58275765 crc:ed8aa206
gp2-10.11n with 8192kb
sha1:fc346e98737c9fc20810e32d4c150ae4b4051979 crc:6cd8ce11
gp2-11.11p with 8192kb
sha1:16873e0ac5f975768d596d7d32af7571f4817f2b crc:57740ff9
gp2-12.11r with 8192kb
sha1:368e4541a5151e906a189712bc05192c2ceec8ae crc:7316a1f1
gp2-2.2n with 256kb
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gp2-3.1p with 256kb
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gp2-4.3f with 256kb
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gp2-7.11c with 8192kb
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gp2-7.6s with 256kb
sha1:781ffe9088476798409cb922350eff881590cf35 crc:2faa3e09
gp2-9.11m with 8192kb
sha1:99c1e67c3b216aa1b63f199e21c73cdedde80e1b crc:e6a9ae67
gp3-2c.8b with 8192kb
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gp3-3c.8c with 8192kb
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gp3-4c.8d with 8192kb
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gp3-6b.11b with 8192kb
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gp3-8b.11d with 8192kb
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Mameinfo.dat entry:
0.37b10 [Yochizo]


- 0.147u2: hap fixed clone Omega Fighter Special. The game fails to boot or finish post. After showing bad rom errors, the game resets.

- 0.147u1: Fixed maincpu rom loading.

- 0.122u7: Fixed gfx1/2/3/4/5 rom loading.

- 0.89u3: Changed Z80 CPU2 clock speed to 5MHz.

- 0.37b10: Yochizo added 'Omega Fighter' (UPL 1989) and clone Omega Fighter Special.

- 21st November 2000: Yochizo fixed some graphics bugs in the Omega Fighter / Atomic Robo-kid driver.

- 8th November 2000: Yochizo sent in a driver for Omega Fighter and Atomic Robo-kid.

- 25th April 1999: Dumped Omega Fighter Special.

LEVELS: 8 (restarts once)

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* FB Alpha


* Raine

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Romset: 2016 kb / 8 files / 457.8 zip

Credits Mameinfo and Mametesters Project Robert J. Rabgno et al.
History.dat entry:
Galaga 3 (c) 1984 Namco.

The general gameplay formula is the same as it was for both "Galaxian" and "Galaga", with the player controlling a spaceship that moves along the bottom of the screen and fires up at the enemy formations at the top of the screen. Movement is not confined to left and right, however, as players can also move anywhere in the bottom half of the screen.

The insectoid enemies fire down upon the player's ship, and both individual and groups of enemies will break away from the armada to make attack runs on the player. Most of the Galagans can be killed with a single shot, and shooting specific enemies will earn the player a tractor beam. This gives them the ability to capture one or more enemy ships; these prisoner ships will then sit alongside the player's ship and add to its firepower.

Every few levels, players will enter a 'Challenging Stage', where formations of enemy ships will fly in and out of the screen. Players must shoot them as many times as possible to try and spell out a word.


Game ID : GP

Main CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
Sub CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Namco 8-channel WSG, discrete circuits (for the ship explosion sound)

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 1 (FIRE)


Galaga 3 was released in October 1984 in the USA as a conversion kit that changed the game's title, possibly to increase recognition among American fans of the Galaxian/Galaga series. The game initially appeared in the USA in July 1984 under its original title, "Gaplus".

James Struckle holds the official record for this game with 137,000 points.


1. Galaxian (1979)
2. Galaga (1981)
3. Gaplus (1984) : also known as "Galaga 3"
4. Galaga '88 (1987)
5. Galaxian 3 Theatre 6 - Project Dragoon (1990)
6. Galaxian 3 Theatre 6 J2 - Attack Of The Zolgear (1994)
7. Galaga Arrangement (1995) : part of "Namco Classics Collection Vol.1"
8. Galaga - Destination Earth (2000, GBA, PC CD-ROM and PlayStation)
9. Galaga Legions (2008, XBLA)
10. Galaga Legions DX (2010, PSN, XBLA)
11. Galaga 3D Impact (2011, Nintendo 3DS) : part of "Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions"


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Licensed from Alexis Bousiges under a CC Attribution 3.0 License
cheat.dat entry:
00000000 101A 000000FF FFFFFFFF Invincibility
00000001 1177 00000001 FFFFFFFF Get SideWinder Shot Now!
00000001 0F16 0000007F FFFFFFFF Change Hypership Now!
00010001 10D4 000000A8 FFFFFFFF Change Hypership Now! (2/2)
00000000 1685 000000EE FFFFFFFF Stop Queen
00010000 1687 000000DE FFFFFFFF Stop Queen (2/2)
00000001 0EA2 0000003F FFFFFFFF Get Twin Shot Now!
00010001 0EA4 0000003F FFFFFFFF Get Twin Shot Now! (2/4)
00010001 0EA6 0000003F FFFFFFFF Get Twin Shot Now! (3/4)
00010001 0EA8 0000003F FFFFFFFF Get Twin Shot Now! (4/4)
60000000 0000 00000000 00000000
00000000 1104 00000003 FFFFFFFF Infinite Lives PL1
00000000 1105 00000003 FFFFFFFF Infinite Lives PL2

Credit Pugsy's MAME Cheat file