Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Classic compilations really don't get much better than this...A nostalgic dream come true.
  2. So dying isn’t quite the frustration it was in the arcade.
  3. It’s a must for old schoolers and also a must for the younger generation so they can see what we had to play and how far videogaming has come in the last 20 years.
  4. The inclusion of nearly perfect emulations of "Mortal Kombat 2" and "3" alone make this collection worth it for any fighting fan.
  5. Isn’t the best compilation that money can buy. For $20 though, you’ll be getting a lot of games which more or less function very well. If you are even remotely interested (particularly in "MKII" and "MK3") be sure to pick it up.
  6. The game is a penny shy of twenty dollars, and for that price, if you remember any of these games there is no reason not to pick it up and relive those days spent hunched ‘round a cabinet, stubbing out cigarettes on the top and hoping the manager didn’t see.
  7. 80
    Not all of the games have aged particularly well. Pit Fighter, Kozmik Kroozr', and Primal Rage are almost unplayable, and the obnoxious taunts of Wizard of Wor will send you scrambling for the mute button. [Dec 2004, p.116]
  8. 79
    There are far more games in this package that will appeal to the current generation of videogamers, since most of the titles in the pack offer far more depth and replay value than the original collection.
  9. On technical merit, this game is a big improvement over the original, and has moved from the “avoid if possible” territory right up to “go ahead, spoil yourself.”
  10. For twenty bucks it's definitely worth owning if you're a fan of the Mortal Kombat series, NARC, or any of the other titles featured in the game.
  11. The hardware that we have now completely blows out the circuit boards that were used in those stand-up cabinets back in the day, but inferior power doesn't make for inferior gameplay. In fact, seeing some of these games in their original forms is quite a hoot.
  12. The interface has been vastly improved over the original "Treasures", but unfortunately the bonus interviews suffer from unintelligible audio. [Nov 2004, p.75]
  13. A real gem for retro gamers. [Feb 2005, p.113]
  14. It’s a highly recommended compilation for old timers (myself included), but maybe newbies will not appreciate the games as much.
  15. As with most classic arcade compilations, the games here tend to hold up pretty well, and for the most part, they're very close to the arcade originals.
  16. If you're not tear-jerked over MK's greatness, it's doubtful that the other games will have you reaching for a handkerchief.
  17. You must buy this rad $20 collection of 20 good, bad, and butt-ugly games. [Dec 2004, p.170]
  18. 70
    Despite my gripes, there's enough good stuff in here to justify the purchase. Think of "Pit Fighter," "Spy Hunter II," and the like as elaborate mini-games that you can try once and then ignore forever. No matter what your gaming tastes, you'll get your money's worth.
  19. 65
    Today’s modern gamers who have not experienced the joys of the 1980s and 1990s arcade will probably be underwhelmed.
  20. 50
    It's huge, nicely-reproduced and sells for a great price. But the genuine classics part? Well, not so much. To be frank, there are two types of games in Treasures 2: decrepit hits, and obscure leftovers.
  21. None of these games provides much entertainment value past ten or 15 minutes, and that's if you're lucky.

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