Talk about beating the buzzer, Andrew Laidlaw regained the tournament world record on Galaga right before the end of the New Year. On New Year’s Eve Twin Galaxies announced that Laidlaw scored an incredible 4,525,150 point on the classic arcade game in a tournament setting where he only had five total lives on the hardest difficulty setting.
Laidlaw had held the title before, but lost it to Phil Day in 2009. Andrew told the Denton Arcade Examiner. “It feels great… this isn’t going to wear off for a while. The first time was magical in a way, this time it’s a huge relief!”
So what was the previous high score held by Day, would you believe 3,275.720? Even though Day admitted that he believed Laidlaw would beat his score he did not believe it would be by over 1,249,430 points.
Day has since retired from Galaga competitions so Laidlaw will have to wait for another challenger. Andrew has considered aiming for the marathon Galaga record where you can play with as many extra lives as the game will give you, but that record is a hefty one at 15,999,990 points set way back in 1989 by Steve Krogman.
Wow, good luck with that one and if you beat it we will be sure to report on it.