What does carry over from Special Edition's predecessor, however, is its storyline; it still pits you, a space fighter pilot, against an army of "insectoid aliens" swarming out of hyperspace. These aliens fly in formation all over your screen, and no longer settle in the center the way they once did in the '80s. Some might enjoy this scheme, but again, it's an utter disappointment for anyone who loved Galaga. Personally, I would've enjoyed this updated game much more if Namco had leveled up the graphics and weapons, but left the gameplay and iconic elements as close to the original as possible.
One addition that is nice, though, is the Challenges menu. Here, you can take a break from the often repetitive play of the main game to try your hand at mini challenges that pit you against different formations of enemies.
One complaint that many players (including myself) have is Galaga Special Edition's ads. The game serves up full-screen pop-up ads between every level and the "No Thanks" button is often obscured by the much more prominent "Free" button. Also, the game has some performance issues; I experienced freezes on different devices.
Overall, Galaga Special Edition for Android doesn't have enough in common with its arcade ancestor to earn its famous name. So, if you're looking for nostalgia, you might feel duped upon download. Apart from this, the game just isn't fun enough to warrant the 35MB of space it requires to install.