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This Time Namco ALMOST Got It Right!
on September 8, 2005
This compilation is a "new and improved" version of Namco's previous efforts of giving us some of their great arcade classics to play at home in their original versions, with no quarters required! Each game is represented on-screen by a stand up cabinet complete with marquee, all arranged in a circle inside the "arcade." You can even watch the games show their demo modes on their miniature screens. The translations of "Pac-Man" and "Ms. Pac-Man" are the closest to the real thing that have ever been made available to play at home. Gone are the altered graphics and sound effects, lame art on the screen sides and what I came to know as the old "Ghost-will-beat-you-to-the-power-pill-every-time-if-it's-too-close-to-call" glitch found in every version of these games since 1995's "Namco Musuem Volume 1" for the Sony Playstation. This time, they are NEARLY perfect translations. They still seem to be ever-so-slightly off, but this is likely as good as it will ever get for them at home. This disc also contains 12 other games available from the start (Bosconian, Dig-Dug, Dragon Spirit, Galaga, Galaxian, Mappy, Pole Position, Pole Position II, Rally-X, Rolling Thunder, Sky Kid and Xevious), as well as two more unlockables (which start out with a very cute handwritten "Out of Order" sign taped to their screens until you meet the requirements to access them), "Pac-Mania" and "Galaga '88". The requirements to unlock them are very easy, so you will have access to them as well in no time. Also included on the disc are a handful of 80's tunes that play while you're on the machine selection screen, including "Come On Eileen", "Talking In Your Sleep" and "Working For the Weekend", among others. With this disc being priced so low and the number of games it contains, you can't miss with it if you are a child of the 80's like me or just have a soft spot for those games from back in the day when no rating system was required!