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,
Title: Midway Arcade Classics
Developer: Midway, Williams Entertainment
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.
Many of the most popular Midway arcade games from the
1980s and early
1990s are collected here. Specifically, the set
- 720: a skateboarding game I haven’t tried out
- Blaster: a side-scrolling/looping shooter
- Bubbles: you’re a soap bubble trying to get
bigger without getting
- Defender: Space shooter I haven’t tried out
- 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
against ghosts, sorcerors, demons, and a variety of
- Joust: Ride your ostrich around and knock
other riders off
- Joust 2: Sequel to the above. I haven’t
tried it yet.
- Klax: A puzzle game that plays like a combination
of Tetris and
- Marble Madness: Roll a marble through an obstacle
course in the
- 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
(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
- 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
- Sinistar: Space shooter I haven’t tried out
- Smash TV: You’re on a game show of the future.
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
- Toobin’: Ride your inner tube around the world,
fishermen, and moving through gates like a slalom
- Vindicators: Tank battle action game I haven’t
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
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?
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
There’s even some behind-the-scenes stuff and other
interviews with the creators of Rampage (at
least on the PS2
version) that add some interesting points. If you’re
nostalgia or mindless amusements for several members
of the 80s
generation, give this serious consideration. I spent
playing Rampage before switching to
yesterday, and I didn’t even have others around
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
Gauntlet 2, the first three Mortal
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