43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2006
It's too bad this game uses Starforce copy protection. I don't want to copy the game or do anything illeagal, but I can't use any CD burning software with this installed. Also if you remove it, starforce does not come off your PC. If you google "starforce removal tool" you can download an exe to remove starforce from your PC. You also have to take a few other steps, you will find instructions there. There is currently a boycott on games using starforce, and for good reason. I do not recommend buying this game.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2005
I received this for Christmas and wasn't able to get it to work for two days. My computer's hardware well exceeded the system requirements for the software. After digging around I discovered I needed to update the drivers for my video card. The software uses DirectX 9.0c so you'll want to make sure your video drivers are up to date. The game cd uses copy protection which means you have to insert it every time you want to play the game. It doesn't just check the disk when you start the program. It checks it every time it loads one of the individual games. So unless you're able to make a copy of the disk with the copy protection intact I suggest you keep the disk in a safe place where it won't get damaged. Also the autorun program on the cd is poorly designed. Most game cd's Ive seen will load the installation program if the game isn't already installed and then after that will load the game screen when the cd is inserted. This cd wants to load the installation program every time you insert the cd, even after the program is already installed. I have to remember to hold to the SHIFT key on my computer when I insert the cd to keep the installation program from trying to run.
Once you're actually into the program you're in an arcade room with the games in front of you on a rotating platform. There are 14 games available for play. There's also 2 additional games that are locked until you reach a certain score on some of the other games. The games themselves don't allow you to tweak them very much. About the only thing you can do is change the number of lives in each game. The controls aren't very tweakable either. You have the choice of either using a joystick or the keyboard but I would've liked to have been able to use the mouse in some of the games. Steering the car in Pole Position using the arrow keys on the keyboard is next to impossible. Using a mouse would offer greater control. Controlling the Pac-Man games is frustrating too. In the real machines and on another PC version of Pac-Man put out by another company you can move the joystick in the direction you want Pac-Man to go before you actually have to make a turn. For example if the Pac-Man figure is moving to the left and you want it to turn and go upwards at the next intersection you can move the joystick upwards before the Pac-Man figure reaches the intersection and then when it reaches the intersection it will automatically turn in the right direction. On the Namco Museum 50th Anniversary edition of Pac-Man you have to wait until you reach an intersection before making a turn. That makes it harder to try to follow a pattern. The graphics are okay but they could have been better. You have a choice of normal graphics or smooth graphics. Smooth graphics eliminates the blocky edges but it makes the picture so blurry that you'll wonder if your eyes are going bad. So I leave the smooth graphics option turned off. The scale seems to be a bit off too. I've noticed in both Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man that the dots appear to be of various sizes. I'm surprised Digital Eclipse did such a poor job with them since they did such an excellent job with the old Atari games on "Atari Anniversary Edition". Perhaps Namco didn't give them enough time to do the graphics properly.
Now about that blaring music that plays when you're at the game selection screen, if you want to get rid of it here's how. The songs are basic wma files. The files are located in the pcFE folder which is located in the Namco/Namco Museum 50th Anniversary/classic folder. Deleting the files won't work because the game will reload them when it checks the cd. You can however change the content of the files so they play nothing. First open up the sound recorder program on your computer. If you can't find it then simply go to Start, Run, and type in sndrec32 and click ok. Next click the record button on sound recorder and record a blank sound. You only need a split second of it. Also make sure you don't have any microphones attached. Click on File at the top of the window and select Save as. It doesn't matter where you save the file as long as you remember where it is. The important thing is to save it as a .wma file. I simply named mine test.wma. Next COPY the file into the pcFE folder along with all the other .wma files. Right click on the file and select Rename. Type in the name of the .wma file you wish to replace. For example, one of the files in the pcFe folder is ComeOnEileen.wma. If I no longer wish to hear that song I simply delete it and then rename my test.wma file to ComeOnEileen.wma. When the program tries to play "Come on Eileen" it's able to play it but now of course the sound is nothing but silence. To delete the other songs simply repeat the process. If you wish to save the songs rather than delete them simply move them to another folder.
You'll notice I've said nothing about the games themselves so far. Since these are all old titles you're probably already familiar with them. I remember all of these games back in their heyday so I was glad to be able to play them again. The games themselves are great. It's the software that the games come bundled with that needs work.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2005
Here is a quote from their customer support:
"We have noticed that if you are running the game on a burning drive ie CD-RW then the game won't run."
When I asked when a fix was anticipated, I didn't get a response.
Also, it requires the CD to run. (It uses Starforce 3 copy protection, and it has to scan the disc everytime you select a different game to run...)
And it plays some very obnoxious music while you are selecting a game or adjusting options.
The games are fine, but the "packaging" that Namco put it in is truly awful.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2009
I love oldskool gaming! That's just how I am since I've grown up with an Atari 2600, a NES and truly dug some classic games on my PC and in the arcades. I particularly have a soft spot for two classic games: Ms. Pac Man and Galaga. Even Rally-X gets props from me since the old arcade back in Kennywood Park back in the '80s was literally oldskool gaming nirvana.
So when I saw this package I couldn't help but to snatch it up and give it a spin. Once I got past the annoying "Come On Eileen" track (I guess one-hit wonders Dexys Midnight Runners were cheap, as opposed to other '80s bands) played during the arcade game selection the emulation is good enough.
It's the crap that I had to put up with regarding the StarForce DRM for the copy protection. Picture your system randomly rebooting for no real reason for simple things such as a Yahoo! IM chat session or even just listening to some FLAC files. Or maybe while writing in a word processor. Or while editing video or remastering digital audio. And I'm not talking about the Blue Screen Of Death. The crap that is StarForce doesn't even give you the dubious benefit of that!
I've mentioned in my review of Taito Legends the following:
"It was with titles, such as this, I feel that the software industry has shot itself not just merely in the feet. It practically blew its entire lower torso off with a bazooka! The reason is simple: If legit retail games, such as this collection, can wreak such unforeseen havoc, I can see why people would rather download a clean copy from elsewhere. That's the ultimate irony! Has the industry realized that another reason why people acquire titles like this from other sources is due to this?"
Again, I don't advocate downloading software that one doesn't already own in some form or another. I think the games are quite good. But is it worth an unstable system afterwards? At least I was able to obtain the StarForce removal tool that was able to get rid of the malware known as StarForce. I even have the no-CD patch now so that I can run this software safely.
So I'm at a moral crossroads: To advocate software purchases yet have to show outright disdain for how the software industry treats the legitimate buyers. Do I need to take photos of and print out glossy pictures of my software and DVD collection just to prove that I'm one of the good guys? Whatever happened to the idea of "innocent until proven guilty"?
I know I'm getting off track in regards to the review of the actual games here. Let's just face it: The buyer who buys retro collections such as these knows about the games. Since these are manufacturer-authorized emulations one can expect that the products passed quality assurance. It's when software conglomerates breach the whole idea of ethical conduct, such as the Hippocratic Oath, when they think that installing malware without the users' knowledge is justified by the overblown "Red Scare" of software piracy.
Thus, four stars because I love the games and one star because of the malware. And shame on the industry for treating we, the consumers, as criminals.
I've recently discovered MAME. As someone who owns this title that means I can, if I wanted to, find the games that are found in this collection. The only difference is that I'm not using this buggy CD-ROM but alternative software to play the games.
Now if I had time I've get all my "official" retro arcade game CD-ROMs and compile a collection based on their enclosed games. Since MAME is open-source at least I know there's no malware there.
As for the games I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader. Don't ask. I know nothing outside of what I just wrote. If you wanna do something shady that's on you Jack (or Jill).
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2010
I wish I had read some of the previous reviews before buying Namco Musuem. StarForce (the protection software)crashed two of my PCs, one running Windows XP (which is supposedly works with) and the other, Windows 7. Both machines recovered, but I am out the money I spent on this title because I won't risk my computers any more by trying to install it. Too bad, many of the games are ones that I really wanted on my PC.
Avoid any gaming software that uses StarForce.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Starforce not only kills this otherwise great collection of games but can literaly kill your windows install if you try to install this on 64 bit windows so you've been warned:
I recommend installing in a virtual machine so it doesn't mess up your windows if you really want to play these classics from the past.
As far as the games go, if you are able to get them installed without killing your windows, they all seem to be faithfully recreated with the original sounds and artwork so that is the only positive thing about this product(only reason it even warrants a single star and not negative or zero if possible).
Interface to play the games is cumbersome and annoying also.
I recommend buying the ipod versions of the games which you can get for 99 cents each on sale if you really want to relive these classics.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2007
the games are great, but you need the cd in to play and it verifies slowly...every time you switch games. It's irksome.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2012
I have always loved this game since I first bought it. Anybody that grew up playing Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaga, Pole Position and others in the arcade would enjoy this game. If you have any operating system before Windows 7 it will work on your computer, although Vista needs a software - driver patch for game play without errors. On windows 7 unfortunately this game is unplayable. This is because of outdated Star Force security software. This software forces you to have the game in the DVD drive to be able to play it. Although several other classic arcade game compilations (Midway, Taito, etc.) don't include Star Force they still require the disc in the DVD drive to be able to play these games.
I have contacted Bandai Namco support regarding this issue. They viewed it as a waste of their time to have the Star Force software on this, and all other older games updated. This was after I notified them that Star Force would do all re-protection updates free of charge from original versions below 5.5, and all they had to do is submit the request to have games re-supported. Unfortunately they still had the same response, not wanting to update outdated Star Force software on their games.
My suggestion for everyone that enjoys this and other older Namco games, that wants to play it on their Windows 7 computer is to call Bandai Namco at 888-776-2626 and show your support for this game. If enough requests are received, they may decide to update the Star Force software, for this and other older Namco games.
As someone that has worked with computers for 30 years, I can say that I am also probably one of Star Force's biggest enemies. I hate their software extremely. However, there is no reason to contact Star Force, as they offer a FREE re-protection update patch for all developers and publishers of games and programs that use versions below 5.50 to release appropriate re-protection updates. Personally I would prefer a removal of this software. Like many people, I am hoping to be able to play this game on windows 7 or later in the near future.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2011
After installing this product onto my Windows 7 pc, the computer automatically performed a system restore, uninstalling it and deleting several files in the process. So, do not install this game on a windows 7 pc.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2007
It messed up my computer, slowed everything down, and if you don't have a joystick...forget it.