My impressions of the Mega Man Anniversary
Collection
will wait until I’ve unlocked the two
Power Battle games. I like what I’ve seen so far,
though.

Company Credits

Title: Midway Arcade Classics

Developer: Midway, Williams Entertainment

System: PlayStation
2
, XBox,
and GameCube

Release Date: Uncertain; it’s out now

Game Type: Collection of several classic arcade
games. Some games
support up to 4 players

Past game reviews can be found here.

Games Included

Many of the most popular Midway arcade games from the
1980s and early
1990s are collected here. Specifically, the set
includes:

  • 720: a skateboarding game I haven’t tried out
    yet
  • Blaster: a side-scrolling/looping shooter
  • Bubbles: you’re a soap bubble trying to get
    bigger without getting
    popped
  • Defender: Space shooter I haven’t tried out
    yet.
  • Defender II: Sequel to the above
  • Gauntlet: Up to four players can play
    cooperatively, as a warrior,
    elf, wizard, or valkyrie to combat through dungeon
    after dungeon
    against ghosts, sorcerors, demons, and a variety of
    other beasties.
    Great fun.
  • Joust: Ride your ostrich around and knock
    other riders off
    of theirs.
  • Joust 2: Sequel to the above. I haven’t
    tried it yet.
  • Klax: A puzzle game that plays like a combination
    of Tetris and
    Connect Four.
  • Marble Madness: Roll a marble through an obstacle
    course in the
    allotted time.
  • Paperboy: You’re a delivery boy who needs
    to maintain his
    subscriber list as long as possible.
  • Rampage: Up to three players can play as a
    giant creature
    (ape, lizard, or wolf) on a rampage, destroying
    several urban areas
    while eating the military.
  • Rampart: A strategy game. Build your own
    walls, and wreck
    the other players’. Up to three players.
  • Roadblasters: It’s a race game that I haven’t
    tried yet.
  • Robotron: 2084: Shoot stuff a lot. I haven’t
    tried it yet.
  • Root Beer Tapper: Serve root beer to thirsty
    customers, and catch
    the empty glasses before they fall.
  • Satan’s Hollow: Another action game I haven’t
    tried yet.
  • Sinistar: Space shooter I haven’t tried out
    yet.
  • Smash TV: You’re on a game show of the future.
    If you
    live, you’ll get some great prizes!
  • SPLAT!: I’m not sure what this is. I haven’t
    tried it out yet,
    and the directions in the instruction manual are
    written in poetry,
    but it sounds like an action game.
  • Spy Hunter: Protect the streets from evil. I
    haven’t played this
    since the old 8-bit NES days.
  • Super Sprint: race around a track with up to
    three players.
  • Toobin’: Ride your inner tube around the world,
    avoiding
    fishermen, and moving through gates like a slalom
    racer.
  • Vindicators: Tank battle action game I haven’t
    tried yet.

You’ll notice some bold faced titles in the list
above. These titles
are the ones that convinced me to buy the collection.
There are some
fun games elsewhere in the package, but these are the
ones I was
looking for, so they’ll the ones that my impressions
will be based on.

I’m doing these as impressions instead of as a review
because there’s
a lot here, and because some of the categories are
hard to rank this
with. Do I rate the graphics according to how I
think they compare to
arcade games that were out when I was four years old?
That would
hardly be accurate. It’s not fair to compare to
today either, with
15-20 years of advancements since then.

The bottom line is, this is mainly a nostalgia
package. In that
respect, they made the right decision, by reproducing
the games as
exactly as possible. If you grew up playing these in
the arcades (and
what arcade didn’t have Gauntlet or
Rampage 20 years
ago?) you’ll see exactly what you remember at a
reasonable cost.
There’s even some behind-the-scenes stuff and other
trivia, including
interviews with the creators of Rampage (at
least on the PS2
version) that add some interesting points. If you’re
looking for
nostalgia or mindless amusements for several members
of the 80s
generation, give this serious consideration. I spent
four hours
playing Rampage before switching to
Gauntlet
yesterday, and I didn’t even have others around
sharing the
nostalgia.

A second collection will be out this fall, and I’ll
probably pick that
up too. As you can see by this
press release
, the second set will include
Arch Rivals,
Gauntlet 2, the first three Mortal
Kombat
games,
NARC, Rampage World Tour, and 14
others.