Arcade classic joins the growing Backwards Compatibility list

It looks like the boffins over at Xbox are true to their word and are continuing to add more titles to the Backwards Compatibility list as and when they become ready.

We love that we no longer have to wait for an unspecified point each month before these games are made available! After the announcement of four games new to Back Compat last week, an absolute classic has just joined the list.

Galaga is one of the all time classic coin op games – a true piece of gaming history that everyone should own. It may have been released on Xbox Live Arcade almost ten years ago, but it’s much older than that! This is a 34 year old game that’s every bit as challenging now as when Namco introduced it to arcades in Japan in 1981.

In Galaga, the sequel to Galaxian, you must score as many points as possible by destroying insect-like enemies. You control a starfighter that can move left and right along the bottom of the playfield. Enemies swarm in groups in a formation near the top of the screen, and then begin flying down toward your ship, firing bullets at and attempting to crash into it. In later stages, some enemies even break from an entering group to frantically try to crash into the player. The game ends when the your last fighter is lost by colliding with an enemy, being hit by an enemy bullet, or being captured.

Simpler times!

If you already own Galaga it will already be present in the Ready to Install section of your My Games and Apps. If you don’t already own it but want it, you can pick it up from the Xbox Store for just £3.39. Remember, too, that as an Xbox Live Arcade title there’s a free demo available – so you can try out Galaga on your Xbox One or free!

Galaga Ready to Install

How to install and play Xbox 360 backward compatible games on your Xbox One

  • Disc: For disc-based games that are a part of the Back Compat game catalog, simply insert the disc and the console will begin downloading the game to your hard drive. After the game has finished downloading, you will still need to keep the game disc in the drive to play.
  • Digital: The digital titles that you own and are part of the Back Compat game catalog will automatically show up in the “Ready to Install” section on your Xbox One, and once they are installed they will show up in the Games section of your Xbox One.

TIP: To open the Xbox 360 dashboard from within the Xbox One environment, hold the view and menu buttons.

Galaga Installing

How to purchase Xbox 360 games if you don’t own an Xbox 360

If you want to purchase an Xbox 360 title and don’t own or have access to an Xbox 360, you can still purchase the game digitally online from the Xbox marketplace. Simply log into your account at and navigate to the catalog of Xbox 360 titles. Once you select a title, you will see the option to download it to your Xbox 360. Clicking on the download button actually brings up the purchasing screen. Once you purchase the game and the transaction is complete, the game will be registered to your account.

A few things to note:

  • You have to have a valid payment option on file to purchase any title.
  • If a game is free, you’re still required to “purchase” it – you just won’t be charged anything for it.
  • The Xbox 360 Marketplace and the Xbox One Store websites use different architecture, so if you have credit but no payment option associated with your account, you won’t be able to use the credit to purchase Xbox 360 titles. You will have to add a payment option or purchase the title using an Xbox 360 console.
  • Not all Xbox 360 games are backward compatible with Xbox One, but more are being added all the time. Check the current list of supported games here.

TIP: Every month Xbox Live Gold members get two free Xbox One and two free Xbox 360 games with the Games With Gold program. You can redeem these free games at whether you own the console or not – as long as you have an account. If you don’t own an Xbox One and decide to purchase one in the future, you’ll already have a collection of games available to you. And if you don’t own an Xbox 360 every Games with Gold 360 game since November 2015 is included in the backward compatible programme, so you’ll be able to play them on your Xbox One.

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