NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Volume 2:
Dig Dug II
Legacy of the Wizard
Dragon Buster II
Aug 4, 2020Overall, 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.
Jul 10, 2020This 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.
Jun 29, 2020Both 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.
Jul 21, 2020In other words, most of these games have been forgotten for a reason. Whereas the first Namco Museum volume was a solid mixture of all-time classics with one must-play new game added in for good measure (and let me reiterate: go play the Pac-Man Championship Edition demake!), Namco Museum Archives Vol. 2 is a collection of oddities that you probably don’t need to play.