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POSTED 1/8/17


NAMCO MUSEUM

Bandai Namco



Lucky people that we are, we own an arcade machine that’s stuffed with all manner of original classic arcade games. So why would we want this?

Well, have you ever tried schlepping an arcade machine onto a bus?

So, our ceaseless addiction to Dig Dug, Pac-Man, Galaga and a handful of others can be satiated pretty much wherever we go. What’s not to like?

Uh, well, there are only 10 arcade games included – plus GameCube favourite Pac-Man Vs.

Seriously, Namco pumped out some 150 or more arcade releases back in the day, and we could blow the rest of our word count with what’s missing – like Bosconian, Rally-X, Mr Drille- OK, we’ll stop. But seriously, why so stingy?

Grumble, grumble.

Anyway, as well as those already mentioned we get Galaga ’88, Rolling Thunder, Rolling Thunder 2, Sky Kid, Splatterhouse (complete with green “blood”), Tank Force and The Tower of Druaga. All of them perfect arcade emulations.

At least this Trump-like tiny handful of games is treated respectfully. Nice surrounding graphics, oodles of options – including a very handy 90o rotation for vertical games such as Dig Dug, Pac-Man and Galaga. They’re fine as-is on a telly, but going portable they do become rather microscopic. Unfortunately, there’s no control flip option though, so you’ll have to detach the JoyCons and do a balancing act, but hey, it’s a thoughtful addition – as is adjustable scanlines, if you want that classic cathode ray vibe happening.

All 10 arcade classics have online leader boards, so genuine bragging rights are up for grabs.

As for Pac-Man Vs, it’s a nice inclusion, but you’ll need another Switch handy so that others can play the ghosts. At least a handy downloadable app means that you won’t need another copy of the game.

Namco Museum is good, but it should have been gooderer. Lots gooderer. Bulk lots gooderer. Bulk heaps lots gooderer.

BA-WOO WOP-WOP.

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