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Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. May 6, 2019
    75
    Overall, Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection brings some classics home, while also reminding us how absolutely insane and brutal the arcade age was in its heyday.
  2. Apr 20, 2019
    72
    If you're as much of a Konami shoot 'em up fan as I am then you'll have an enjoyable time with Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection. However, don't expect a ton of options and refinement before diving into this retro gaming compilation.
  3. Apr 18, 2019
    67
    Konami Anniversary Collection: Arcade Classics is quite a lazy collection of a bunch of good 80s games. The emulation is quite smooth, most of the games are still fun, but some bizarre games choices, a quite essential look and the lack of peculiar features such as online support make the collection just average.
  4. May 7, 2019
    65
    Konami starts off the celebration of 50 years of work with a nice collection of arcade games. The most games in this set did already come out on different platforms, but the bonus book is a nice addition. The Haunted Castle game does not make sense here.
  5. May 6, 2019
    62
    Konami's first anniversary collection for their 50th anniversary contains some notable arcade classics, but the fact they've been previously released digitally with more options should appeal to only the most ardent of nostalgic fans.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 28, 2019
    60
    While the games vary from must-plays to weak curiosities, this collection lacks the *cough* options of newer retro collections like SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. While we get difficulty adjusts, mid-game saves, and a PDF book, there’s none of the playfulness of SNK’s release. Still, it’s enough to keep your mind off leaked Stranger Things season 3 spoilers. [Issue#163, p.86]
  7. May 10, 2019
    60
    Konami's first anniversary collection is a lazy compilation mainly directed to old-school-shooter lovers.
  8. Apr 24, 2019
    60
    A nice nostalgia trip, but not an essential purchase. Though all of the games bar Haunted Castle are good fun, none but the Gradius games and Thunder Cross truly stand the test of time. Considering the arcade games missing here, it’s hard to accept this as a ‘classics’ collection, but for what you’re given, you could certainly do worse.
  9. Apr 23, 2019
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  10. Apr 17, 2019
    60
    A seemingly random collection of Konami arcade games that’s so incoherent and bare bones it won’t please retro fans or newcomers.
User Score
3.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Oct 22, 2019
    7
    "Anniversary Collection" consists of eight Konami arcade games from the 80's. It features seven aircraft-based shooters and "Haunted Castle","Anniversary Collection" consists of eight Konami arcade games from the 80's. It features seven aircraft-based shooters and "Haunted Castle", an alternate version of "Castlevania". Every title is enjoyable with the exception of the latter. Fans of the Dracula-themed action series will find it to be more frustrating than fun. The collection also includes "Nemesis", "Vulcan Venture" and "Lifeforce" which are similar to "R-Type". There is also "Typhoon" (which plays like "After Burner"), "Twinbee" (a cartoony "Galaga") and "Thunder Cross" which is basically "Contra" with spaceships. Finally, "Scramble" is the oldest entry in the set complete with 8-bit graphics. Game options are good, if not the best. You can change difficulty levels, increase lives, enable scanlines, adjust ratio sizes and add borders. Additionally, you can change the control layout. Retro fans should enjoy the Japanese versions of the games and a "Behind the Scenes" e-book. Overall, this compilation is good, but the "Contra" and "Castlevania" collections are even better. I would rate this with a 7 out of 10 Full Review »