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  • Summary: NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Volume 1:

    Galaxian
    Xevious
    Mappy
    Dragon Buster
    Pac-Man
    Dig-Dug
    The Tower of Druaga
    Sky Kid
    Dragon Spirit: The New Legend
    Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti
    Pac-Man Championship Edition
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  1. Jun 30, 2020
    75
    Overall, the two-volume set that honors the NAMCOT brand is worth a go, especially if you revel in 8-bit history. It’s a neat departure from the usual Museum releases, but there are certainly some forgettable titles amongst the bunch.
  2. Aug 4, 2020
    65
    Overall, the Namco Museum Archives collection offers a bunch of great games in versions that some players might not have seen before, but the whole package is missing some personality. Sure, that doesn’t detract from the titles themselves, but it’s shame to see these historical artifacts treated in such a slapdash way.
  3. Jun 24, 2020
    64
    A Namco-centric collection of classics, which will be interesting exclusively to ex-Nintendo owners. Not exactly a mandatory buy for the others.
  4. Jun 20, 2020
    60
    A great wasted opportunity, yet another demonstration that the software houses themselves must learn to study their history, to preserve and enhance.
  5. Jul 10, 2020
    60
    This is a very basic collection of some very good 8bit games, but with no museum unlockables, no effort to offer anything more that the most basic package and rudely broken in two parts so that it can generate more revenue. The Museum series from Namco needs to grow up and start treating its customers with more care and respect, otherwise few people will consider revisiting this museum.
  6. Jun 29, 2020
    60
    Both Museum Archive volumes utilise the same basic user interface and generic retro music that is serviceable, if a bit dull. They also employ the same settings, including a screen size modifier and a rewind system that makes any game laughably easy when abused. Having exactly the same functionality in both games also raises the uncomfortable question of why these collections had to be separated into two volumes at all. Still, they both offer a good selection of nostalgic gems, the odd so-so title like the frustratingly sloppy Mappy-Land, as well as a disappointing lack of unlockable extras. If it were one complete collection it’d be easily recommended but, as two separate purchases, these are for hardcore Namco fans only.
  7. Jul 20, 2020
    50
    Namco plays with our feelings again with another (expensive) double serving of its Good Gold Days games. Feel old yet? You will!

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