• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2003
  • Also On: PC

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 91
    The bulk of the included 24 games are still highly addictive and hecka fun to play - especially multiplayer. [Jan 2004, p.59]
  2. You can't really play this game without thinking of the dark, sweat-filled arcades that're now long gone, or of those plastic-sheathed sitdown machines you still sometimes see in bars. Midway Arcade Treasures is like a time capsule, buried back when games were simple, and no less fun because of that.
  3. Unlike any arcade compilation released on PS1, these games are exactly like their standup counterparts. [Jan 2004, p.125]
  4. I don't even need to write a review, this one writes itself. All these games... Buy it. [Dec 2003, p.150]
  5. A well-selected assortment of gaming classics that could easily eat up weeks of your free time and is definitely worth a buy for any arcade gamer buff.
  6. For $20, you’ll be getting a fantastic collection of games and a bit of history to go with some of the bigger ones. Hopefully future collections will add a bit more in the history department, but for now, this is an admirable start.
  7. This incredible compilation is a dream team of sorts for anyone old enough to remember having to out to play the best videogames. [Jan 2004, p.128]
  8. 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.
  9. These are first-rate emulations of all the original games, perfect recreations that will put a smile on your face and provide countless hours of gaming enjoyment.
  10. An excellent package and a true treasure.
  11. The emulation is solid, delivering sound and gameplay that's up to par. [Jan 2004, p.86]
  12. 75
    My disappointment in this disc's shortcomings is tempered by the sheer amount of great, classic gaming on offer.
  13. 73
    Some of the games control so poorly that they’re unplayable, there are glitches and some lazy emulation, and the DVD content is disappointing, to say the least. That said, if you’re willing to look past its faults (which is easier to do given the $20 price tag), there are some gems to be found here.
  14. 70
    Midway Arcade Treasure's "bang for your buck" comes from the sheer amount of games on the disk, and how perfect they're represented on the console. Apart from the difference in controls, these games are essentially what gamers played in arcade when the games were released in the 80s.
  15. At less than a buck per game the 24 titles in this compilation are videogame royalty that more than earn their keep in gameplay worth though.
  16. At $20, the price is right, but the final product is a bit hit-and-miss. Interface screens are terribly ugly, and the emulation is spotty. [Holiday 2003, p.46]
  17. If you’re curious, spend one of those new twenties in your wallet on some old favorites.
  18. I have no difficulty recommending this one for retro gamers, as it's the best package I can recall Midway sending our way, but others might want to steer clear.
  19. Some of the games featured just don't play the way they should, marring an otherwise stellar compilation. If you have any interest in classic gaming, this collection is worth a look, provided you can get used to its quirks.
  20. 60
    Hard-core fans of old-school gaming will want to pick it up, but most gamers will find that the gameplay issues keep this set from being more than an occasional trip down memory lane.
  21. Not only is the interface clumsy and hard to view, but the bonus content is poorly edited and sloppily thrown together. [Dec 2003, p.83]
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  1. RayM.
    Dec 15, 2003
    The game is exactly as it sounds...20 games of the past that have the same amount of fun that I remember in the arcades. The controls are The game is exactly as it sounds...20 games of the past that have the same amount of fun that I remember in the arcades. The controls are great and it saves your high score, so you have a reason to keep playing. Full Review »