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Namco Museum 50th Anniversary

3.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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  • Pac-Man - The most popular arcade game of all time
  • Ms. Pac-Man - Explore, collect, and chomp your way through different mazes as Pac-Man's female counterpart
  • Galaga - Fend off frantic swarms of bee-like aliens, while avoiding enemies' powerful tractor beams
  • Dig Dug - Tunnel your way underground and use your pump to blow up attacking enemies
  • Bosconian - Survive against an army of space stations, while avoiding asteroids and other obstacles

Product Description

Platform: Game Boy Advance

Product Description

The Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection is the single largest compilation of Namco Arcade Classics ever. Original versions of arcade classics are here, only this time no quarters are necessary. Five of the best Namco original arcade -- a world of action -- all waiting for you! Games include:

From the Manufacturer

In honor of its 50 year anniversary, Namco is creating the single largest compilation of Namco Arcade Classics ever to grace console gaming systems. The new retro menu interface allows players to explore a virtual arcade hall where each of the game's classics will be standing in its original arcade form... except this time no quarters will be required!

Game Boy Advance version includes:

  • Pac-Man: Play the most popular arcade game of all time! Navigate the yellow fellow through the original Pac-Man maze, avoid ghosts while chomping pellets and fruit, and use power pellets to turn the ghosts blue and get some payback!
  • Ms. Pac-Man: Starring Pac-Man's female counterpart; explore, collect, and chomp your way through four different mazes and eat new fruits.
  • Galaga: Pilot a space ship, fend off frantic swarms of bee-like aliens, try your luck with "Challenging Stages," and find the best way to deal with enemies' powerful tractor beams!
  • Dig Dug: Equipped with only a shovel and a pump, tunnel your way underground and use the pump to blow up attacking enemies.
  • Bosconian: Enjoy highly addictive gameplay with this fun arcade game!

Product Information

Platform:Game Boy Advance
ASIN B000A2GX2W
Release date August 8, 2006
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3.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #23,362 in videogames
#250 in Video Games > More Systems > Game Boy Advance > Games
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Product Dimensions 5 x 5 x 1.2 inches
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A Kid's Review on October 22, 2005
Platform for Display: Game Boy Advance
The GBA version of Namco Museum 50th Anniversary has only 5 games, not 14 -- Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaga, and Rally-X is all you get. The other games mentioned in Amazon's description are not present. Wouldn't gripe about that if the games it has were playable, but control is awful. Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man require being very precise with up/down/left/right. Dig Dug actually jerks and pauses with the music cutting out during gameplay. Galaga is worth playing, so I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. Also, hitting [select] rotates the graphics 90 degrees for arcade aspect ratio; maybe that's an important feature for some.

A better collection for the GBA is the regular Namco Museum (NOT 50th Anniversary). No Rally-X, no Pac-Man, but you get the other three games plus Galaxian (quite good) and Pole Position (quite lame). The version of Ms. Pac-Man has more forgiving control, and its Dig Dug plays great.
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Platform for Display: Game Boy Advance
The 14 games that are advertised do not exist on the GBA edition--only five! Apparently, 14 games are available for other platforms, and hence the confusion. Also, if you already own the Namco Museum for for the GBA, you will only get two new games (Rally-X and Pac-Man). Both the Museum and Museum 50th Anniversary versions include Ms. Pac-Man, DigDug and Galaga. The Namco Museum includes Pole Position which is not in the 50th Anniversary Edition. In my opinion, many of the games in the Namco Museum seem to play better, but the 50th Anniversary Edition permits you to rotate the games sideways (not sure it helps much).

In short, it's three or four star buy if you don't have the Namco Museum and a one or two star buy if you you already have it.
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Platform for Display: Game Boy Advance
It's nice to see Namco hold a 50th Anniversary celebration for the company, but the celebration is only one to participate in if you had bought the console version of this particular release of Namco Museum, which contained 14 games. If you bought this Game Boy Advance version, you'd be left out of the party easily.

So what does this offering of Namco Museum bring you? Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Rally-X, Galaga, and Dig Dug. They are all great, great arcade games. I don't dislike any one of them. But you see, this collection falls flat due to the fact that there are lots of better offers for the Game Boy Advance. In fact, you can just buy the regular Namco Museum and Pac-Man Collection on the same system (See my reviews for both of those collections), and leave this release alone...unless you're dying to play Rally-X on the go.
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Platform for Display: Game Boy Advance
First off I'm writing a fair review and hardcore fans of these games that expect near to perfect stay away! Firstly I bought this game not expecting a perfect emulation of the arcade's why two reasons. One being it's a GBA game and I would be playing it on my DS. GBA games are meant to be played with or/with out a back lit screen. To be fair the original GBA didn't have a back lit screen so the graphical glitch in Pac-man in the arcade view for me is forgivable. Secondly this is the 50th anniversary edition meaning these games aren't necessarily exact clones. I remembered playing these in arcades and they did play different than the older versions of these games (so not expecting perfection going into playing). Originally I wanted to give this game 4 stars, however it didn't seem fair the main issue dig dug has a sound glitch it only plays the music when you move. Also the game doesn't capture the excitement of the originals. I mean pac-man's maze is widen to fit a horizontal screen and the screen orientations you can flip to using select are pretty bad (and one doesn't even seem to work). Here is the plus and the minus that made this game just average. The game shows that they can make a near perfect version of Galaga on the GBA and then ruin all the other titles. If you aren't picky and just like the characters and general game play or just want Galaga portable buy this. If you want good arcade ports keep searching I find that Namco only has from what I can see made 4 star remakes mostly of arcade games, with the exception of this. All and you may enjoy of for the money or you may hate if I find many will be one way or another.
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Platform for Display: Game Boy Advance
I am 14 and I bought this game because i like all the old arcade games like the ones that are on this game which are dig-dug,Mrs. pacman,pacman,and rally-x. but the only bad thing is that there wasn't many arcade games on this game. That is the only reason that i gave this two out of five stars.
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Platform for Display: Game Boy Advance Verified Purchase
Its a good game, but not as described. I still play it and its not that big of a deal, just wasnt the version that was shown. Still Namco 50th Anniversary, just a stranger version with less games to play.
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Does not come with all the games listed! I bought this cartridge in hopes of playing the classic game "Bosconian" which was falsely advertised in the description.
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