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  • Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Pole Position, Galaga and Galaxian - but is the experience here simply too good to be true
  • If you were to pay the median cost of this title (around $5-$20), are you getting ripped
  • Galaga has to be one of the best space shooters ever made - it even virtually spawned the space shooter genre when it debuted
  • The issue with the controls seriously destroyed the legacy of a once awesome arcade game

    • by Chuck Bronson
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      There are many people in the world who enjoy the hobbies and activities of a previous generation. The music community has record fanatics and the video gaming community has those who love classic gaming in the age before Nintendo surfaced in the mid-1980’s. Before Namco got into making the classic fighting franchise, “Tekken”, they produced a ton of great titles such as Pac-Man and Dig Dug that grace this compilation aptly titled “Namco Museum”.

      Namco Museum is by and far Heaven to a nostalgic gamer at first glance that is. Sure, you may get to play classics like Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Pole Position, Galaga and Galaxian - but is the experience here simply too good to be true? If you were to pay the median cost


      of this title (around $5-$20), are you getting ripped? Yes AND no.

      Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man play just as good as they did in the arcade and are just as addictive! The simple gameplay of eating pellets, evading ghosts and munching super pellets to eat said ghosts never gets old. The two Pac-Man games are the bright shining star of Namco Museum - the diamond in the rough! Pac-Man’s cousin game, Dig Dug is also just as addictive.

      However, contrary to the satisfaction of Pac-Man and Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaxian AND Pole Position do not play anywhere close to how they felt in the arcade back in the day. Galaga has to be one of the best space shooters ever made - it even virtually spawned the space shooter ...


      • genre when it debuted! But a key difference between Galaga in the arcade and the Dreamcast port is this: the arcade version of Galaga had far more responsive controls! In the arcade version, you can repeatedly hit the ‘fire’ button to shoot a surge of missiles to knock out the enemy. In the DC port, you can only fire ONE missile at a time which destroys the fun and excitement of Galaga. Same for Galaxian.

        Pole Position was a fun game in arcades and it could have been just as fun in Namco Museum. However, the ball was also dropped on Pole Position - the controls do not want to work with you. Instead of hitting the ‘left’ direction on the pad and veering left, you almost have

        to crush the pad to make the game comprehend that you want to go int that direction. The issue with the controls seriously destroyed the legacy of a once awesome arcade game.

        The final verdict: Namco Museum is a half and half kind of game. If you can find it for five dollars on E-Bay, I would not call it too much of a rip off. The good half such as the Pac-Man games and Dig Dug both provide that warm, fuzzy feeling of going to the arcades as a kid. The lesser half such as Galaga, Galaxian and Pole Position leav a bad taste in your mouth as a gamer and are a far cry from their arcade counterpart. If you pay more than five dollars you’re getting ripped off.




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