Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
Buy On
  1. There are some real gems to be had here - just not enough.
  2. What clearly makes this package stand out is the presentation: easily negotiable menus via touch-screen, a multitude of options to tinker with, perfectly emulated conversions of Namco’s retro classics, support for DS Download and Play, and everything moving along at lightning speed with nary a hint of loading time.
  3. The gems might not shine as brightly as you remember, but Namco Museum DS is a reasonable collection of bygone classics.
  4. Why didn't they just reprogram the classics to fit the DS properly? Because that would have required effort. This is not about innovation; this is about porting code that's lying around and reselling it for the zillionth time.
  5. Younger kids will likely be turned off by the simplistic game designs and even simpler graphics and sound, then again, there is nothing like a good father-son rivalry and dad might just have a chance with one of the eight games waiting inside this classic collection.
  6. Buy it for Pac-Man Vs. and/or if you don’t yet have a handheld version of the other games.
  7. 72
    Love the hardcore customization options. Not so hot on the small list of games in the collection.
  8. 70
    The one saving grace is the presence of Pac-Man Vs., a sincerely cool multiplayer take on the legendary maze-chase game that got a bit of a bum rap when Nintendo tried to transform it into the cornerstone of the company's business model.
  9. Namco Museum DS is a decent collection of arcade classics, but you'll have to turn your DS on its side to see them properly.
  10. 70
    As a classics collection (a Namco Museum, if you will), it fails pretty hard. It's lacking some much-needed games, and its meager selection of seven classic titles pales to the 21 in the PSP Museum. Pac-Man Vs., however, is excellent.
  11. This collection has a few dull spots, particularly with some lame gameplay options that make it more boring than expected. It's nice having classic games on the DS, but this is not the best Namco Museum out there.
  12. Nintendo Power
    Namco Bandai's latest arcade collection contains stellar arcade hits allong with some sentimental favorites: "Pac-Man", "Galaga", "Galaxian", "Xevious", "Mappy", "The Tower of Druaga", and "Dig Dug"--all simple to learn and play and virtually impossible to master. [Nov 2007, p.105]
  13. The game is rightfully priced at a cheaper $20 price point, with Pac-Man Vs being the obvious highlight of this compilation. If you need a classic gaming fix from time to time, then this game can satisfy that craving.
  14. Subjecting your kids — or even yourself — to a bit of gaming history might just provide the incentive needed to appreciate how far video games have come. Add in some very real replayability and the ability to play Pac-Man Vs. with a friend, and the control issues and inclusion of a couple of questionable games becomes much more forgivable.
  15. Don’t waste your money. Save it for the new games coming out and experience Namco’s classic games as they should be played; on an arcade cabinet.
  16. Games Master UK
    A fun retro reminder but nothing here has much sustained longevity. [May 2008, p.85]
  17. Nintendo Gamer
    You absolutely must play "Pac-Man Vs" before you die. [Dec 2007, p.52]
  18. If you really need to play these games for the umpteenth time, then for 20 bones you can't really beat this deal. I just wish more games were on it in order to say it is a must buy for all, not just nostalgia buffs.
  19. 70
    The collection itself is great, but the way it's been fleshed out is really impressive. The full-fledged treatment of each game makes this edition of Namco Museum really feel like a museum.

Awards & Rankings

#40 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
#19 Most Shared DS Game of 2007
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Oct 6, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I like this collection it's a great time waster on the go but it has some flaws dig dug, ms.pac-man or maybe more games I like the games included but tower of Druaga is a bad game and I would replace it with another game

    2.controls are mixed some are good some are bad but mostly good but they could improvement it

    but other then that its a great game
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  2. Mar 13, 2012
    Game is impossible to play with the type of controller on the DS, and the analog controller on the 3DS doesn't help much more. Plus no Ms.Game is impossible to play with the type of controller on the DS, and the analog controller on the 3DS doesn't help much more. Plus no Ms. Pac Man? And Dig Dug II??? One of the WORST sequels in the history of games but no original Dig Dug or maybe Pole Position? Full Review »
  3. FionnóM.
    Jun 22, 2008
    The original, sequel-bettering Dig Dug is mystifyingly absent, more games would have been great and Tower of Druaga is incredibly bad, but theThe original, sequel-bettering Dig Dug is mystifyingly absent, more games would have been great and Tower of Druaga is incredibly bad, but the classics are still brilliant, there's a pointlessly deep amount of fan-service for retro geeks and Pac-Man versus is worth the low price on its own. I have no idea why this has a lower score thn the GBA Namco Museum. Full Review »