Don’t sleep on Geometry Wars Galaxies, even if you have the downloadable games

It’s video time again, folks, and this time your Editor has been delving into his Wii library for his regular Retro Select series over on YouTube, which runs every Friday.

This time around, we’re taking a look at Geometry Wars Galaxies, a retail spinoff for Wii of Bizarre Creations’ astronomically popular downloadable Xbox 360 game.

Geometry Wars Galaxies

Geometry Wars Galaxies released in 2007, which places it somewhere between Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved on Xbox Live Arcade and its well-received 2008 sequel. In fact, a lot of the core gameplay elements that ended up in Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 first appeared in Geometry Wars Galaxies — most notably the collection of “Geoms” to increase your multiplier up to a considerably higher maximum than the original game offered.

While Geometry Wars Galaxies includes a note-perfect (albeit standard-definition) port of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, its main attraction is the Galaxies single-player mode. This tasks you with completing a series of increasingly difficult levels by attaining the milestone scores required to unlock medals. Along the way, you can purchase and upgrade various “drones” to support you, and different levels incorporate different types of enemies and arena shapes to provide plenty of variety.

Geometry Wars Galaxies supports control schemes that either use the Nunchuk and Wii Remote to move and aim respectively, or a more conventional twin-stick scheme with the Classic Controller. Sadly, its competitive online aspect is no longer available thanks to the closure of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in 2014, but there’s still a substantial single-player campaign to enjoy — as well as local multiplayer modes, and the quick-fire arcade fun of the original Retro Evolved.

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Best of all, since most Wii games are dirt cheap these days, you can easily nab it for a couple of quid or less. At that price, it’s most definitely well worth adding to your collection!

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