• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. When it comes to compilations, Namco Museum Battle Collection is a double whammy of old-school nostalgia and new-school flair, and the overall product is an entertainment-filled portable serving of long-lasting replay value and pure arcade-style fun.
  2. It faithfully recreates the included games, and it also offers plenty of options to tailor the game to meet individual needs. A couple of bells and whistles help round out the package, but the 17 classic games are the real draw here.
  3. Pac-Man is probably the game with the most updates. And finally in all 4 games you can play co-op or head-to-head in Ad Hoc wireless play. If you happen to be near another PSP owner with the game, have at it!
  4. The multiplayer in each title is superb, bringing me back to the fun old days of heated score competitions, and, best of all, this is one of the few PSP releases to support wi-fi download play, so my few friends with PSPs don't have to charge out and spend $40 just to play a few rounds of Dig Dug.
  5. Not only can you play for nostalgia bragging rights, but also NMBC offers a cool Co-Op mode where you can share the high score with a friend or loved one.
  6. It probably sounds like I am complaining a lot but many of the games in this collection are permanently burned into my brain from countless hours and tokens spent back in the 80’s, so when I get a perfect visual representation of those games that don’t play the same way as I remembered it kind of bugs me.
  7. 80
    With a fantastic clutch of Pac, two great shooters, Dig Dug, and the bizarre inclusion of THREE Rally X games, there's no way that any Namco fan is going to feel gypped out of the budget-level asking price. [JPN Import]
  8. Namco's development team put a great deal of care and effort into this compilation and it shows. If you own a PSP and enjoy classic games, you owe it to yourself to add Namco Museum Battle Collection to your library.
  9. 80
    Namco's best collection yet. The roster of games is large enough to keep you playing for quite a long time and the Arranged versions of the games are a blast to play through (even if they are short and have a distinct ending).
  10. 80
    Hardcore retro fans will love how great the games look, and the casual player will enjoy playing "Ms. Pac-Man" for a few minutes on the bus.
  11. 80
    Everyone who enjoys portable gaming, old greats or any combination of the two owes it to themself to pick up a copy of Battle Collection. It would be a great purchase even if PSP software weren't so hard to come by these days; as it stands, it's one of the best titles available for the system.
  12. PSM Magazine
    True, it's costly at $40, and control isn't quite dead-on - those old four-way joysticks are hard to emulate - but most everything else is. [Nov 2005, p.96]
  13. 80
    In this day and age, it's rare to see a classic collection with unbelievable quality, so I'll take what I can get. Battle Collection is a must-purchase for its wide variety and great features.
  14. Play Magazine
    At the default resolution, the game captures nicely the crispness of the original CRTs, and especially with Galaga, I was transported instantly back in time. It was awesom! [Oct 2005, p.74]
  15. The ability to take this many arcade-perfect ports on the go (legally) makes this a good buy.
  16. Along with some colourful new graphics, the alien formations are faster, more elaborate and even include the odd boss monster to test the limits of your reflexes.
  17. Gamers new and old school, Namco Museum Battle Collection is the closest you’ll get to finding a time machine and going back to the days when games were simple but still downright addictive.
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    I won't be playing this one for hours on end, but it's easily the best classics compilation ever put together. [Oct 2005, p.121]
  19. With its longer-than-normal game list and attention to detail, this is one of the better versions of Namco Museum to be released.
  20. 75
    We would have liked for some "Museum" elements to have been included -- this is just a menu of games -- but the extra Arrangement modes are clever diversions to make up for it.
  21. One of the better collections, Namco Museum was born to be ported to the PSP. The updates are solid and the gameplay's perfect for short trip. Stop reading this and go grab a copy.
  22. While everything looks authentic and sounds authentic, the PSP's controls just don't lend themselves very well to these classics. Neither the directional pad nor the joystick felt right, and that led to many unnecessary deaths at the hands of feisty ghosts.
  23. A good dose of classic fun that translates well to portabilitiy. [Oct 2005, p.108]
  24. It’s also a title that allows you to pick up the PSP, play two minutes, and turn it off without losing too much progress.
  25. 60
    Just another compilation, but this time it is for the PSP. Given the hefty price tag, your money is better off elsewhere.
  26. 60
    The majority of the games has plenty of replay value and will keep most people playing for ages.
  27. If you’ve already made up your mind that your futuristic PSP is incomplete without the attendance of old farts like Pac-Man and Dig Dug, this does the trick by providing a smooth, glitch free emulation of the selected games. Just make sure to take off those rosy glasses before you slap any cash on the table.
  28. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Playing this retro collection will only make you realise how much the present day rocks. [Dec 2005, p.100]

Awards & Rankings

#56 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. SamF.
    Jan 22, 2008
    PRETTY Great titles with some even improved with better graphics. Great if you grew up in the 80's with pacman , galaga, galaxian, PRETTY Great titles with some even improved with better graphics. Great if you grew up in the 80's with pacman , galaga, galaxian, digdug and X Rally. Full Review »
  2. ACE5
    Jan 23, 2007
    There are only about 7 games that really stand out in this compilation. The rest just feel tired, and you may only want to play them for a There are only about 7 games that really stand out in this compilation. The rest just feel tired, and you may only want to play them for a few minutes. But I found the game for $10, so it isn't that bad for the price. The design of the PSP is not ideal for something like this though. Full Review »
  3. AzzCream
    Oct 19, 2005
    The best retro games on a sweet system. It's the beez kneez......