Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Aug 21, 2017
    100
    Namco Museum is a worthwhile release and the inclusion of Splatterhouse was a win-win for me. For $30 I think it’s worth the price to revisit some of Namco’s classic games and have the option to play them anywhere.
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    85
    The latest incarnation of the Namco Museum does a great job of replicating every game in it – it’s just a shame there aren’t more games included. What’s here is largely good, with games like Splatterhouse and the Rolling Thunder games getting a showcase that they haven’t had in quite some time. If you already have existing collections, then the regulars like Galaga, Pac-Man, and Dig Dug won’t sell you on it, but if you’re missing out on the lesser-seen games, this is a great way to get them at a solid price point.
  3. Aug 23, 2017
    83
    Namco Museum is a testament to just how far along handheld games have come since the days of overpriced Game Boy Color ports. With challenge modes, online leaderboards, a unique use of the Switch hardware and the most accessible versions of Splatterhouse and Pac-Man Vs. ever, Namco Museum is a surprisingly strong package. It might not offer enough incentive for fans that have revisited these games ad nauseam, and some offerings holdup a lot better than others, but the compilation offers perhaps the best way for passionate fans to revisit a handful of classics.
  4. Jul 27, 2017
    82
    This latest Namco Museum features enough fantastic games to delight both long-time gamers and the retro-curious. After all these years, it's great to see Namco still putting together incredible compilations and digging up a few buried treasures in the process.
  5. Oct 25, 2017
    80
    The $30 price tag might scare away a few people, but there's no denying that Namco Museum is a bundle of fun. Just about every game is a classic, and while the overall collection could stand to be bigger, the fact that three games are new to the series shows that there's hope for some newer titles in the future, as opposed to the same library of classics. If you're a fan of retro gaming, Namco Museum is an easy purchase to make.
  6. NF Magazine
    Aug 24, 2017
    80
    A pretty capable set of classics to help you wait for the arrival of a true Switch Virtual Console. [Issue #29, p. 71]
  7. Aug 8, 2017
    80
    It would have been neat if all of the games in this collection could feature online multiplayer, but even without it, the titles still manage to be entertaining in single player or local co-op.
  8. Aug 4, 2017
    80
    Overall, Bandai Namco Entertainment’s Namco Museum for the Nintendo Switch is a well thought through collection that touches the older gamers’ heartstrings and those 90s/2000s gamers who believe they grew up in the best video game times. In other words, it’s got a bit of everything, nearly all good, for every type of gamer out there. It’s a welcomed addition to the Nintendo Switch.
  9. Jul 31, 2017
    80
    Namco Museum doesn't have a new hidden gem to offer or gimmicks to reinvent classic titles, but what it does offer is an experience that brings the arcade home. Quality of life features like save states and hints have been added to negate archaic design frustrations, and an option to rotate the screen to look like an arcade cabinet is an ingenious addition bursting with charm. Pac-Man Vs.'s lack of online does stand out as a disappointment, but the collection's roster is strong enough to make up for it. With so many unique ways to interact with the Nintendo Switch, the arcade hasn't felt this alive in years.
  10. 80
    And the inclusion of Pac-Man Vs. is an absolute masterstroke of brilliance. That is a rare retro game, and finally having it readily available on a modern console is something that anyone who enjoys local multiplayer should get excited about.
  11. Jul 28, 2017
    80
    Namco Museum is a fantastic self-contained package with an interesting offering of games that arcade fans will enjoy tearing into. It's found a suitable home on the Nintendo Switch. While it isn't rife with the "virtual museum" content previous games in the series back on the original PlayStation offered, it is a solid and feature-rich compilation title that's worth its asking price.
  12. Jul 28, 2017
    80
    The arcade ports are proper versions of the included games and the addition of Pac-Man Vs. and the ability to get the full multiplayer experience over two Switches with just one copy of Namco Museum is nice.
  13. Jul 28, 2017
    80
    Namco Museum does a great job of highlighting the illustrious lineage of one of video gaming's most famous arcade companies; not only is it packed with addictive games that will keep you glued to your Switch for many weeks to come, but it boasts excellent emulation, a host of options, online leaderboards, a special challenge mode for each game and a new version of Pac-Man VS. which is sure to become the go-to party title for many Switch players. While there are a couple of titles that we'd have swapped out for other, more worthy offerings from Namco's past, you're still getting an excellent selection of games for a reasonable price here.
  14. Jul 31, 2017
    78
    Namco Museum offers a good classic game collection for Switch owners with good emulation and nice presentation options but perhaps it's not enough to justify its price.
  15. Aug 10, 2017
    75
    The Namco Museum successfully ports these classic games onto a modern console that allows both new and veteran gamers the chance to experience these historic titles or relive them again. With a total of ten games available on Namco Museum, it gives players a wide assortment of titles, all with their own unique gaming mechanics to play for countless hours which is like having your own virtual arcade. What I really enjoyed about this collection was the ability to play the games in their purest form which is ideal if you’re waiting because they allow for quick or long bursts.
  16. Aug 7, 2017
    75
    Namco Museum for the Switch is a great attempt at a collection of classic arcade games. Fighting to become the top score on the leaderboard is fun, even if the other challenges often come off as shallow. With the detailed manuals and the great display options, adding a few more games, or even more challenges could have made this the definitive Namco Museum.
  17. Aug 5, 2017
    75
    Despite a couple odd inclusions, there was a lot of care given to making these experiences authentic, while at the same time giving players a lot of options that allow them to ruin that authenticity in favor of having a more enjoyable experience.
  18. 75
    While we wait for a (due) patch for the tate mode, we can definitely say that the offering of Namco Museum is satisfying. The real problem of this collection is not the quality, but the variety. And the absolute absence of extras and/or unlockables, something we really loved in similar products like the SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection.
  19. Jul 31, 2017
    75
    Namco Museum is a very good collection of some arcade classics that is let down by its asking price and two of the games included.
  20. Aug 25, 2017
    74
    Namco Museum is a nice way to bring so classic arcade titles to the Switch, but they’re mostly not anything we haven’t seen on past platforms. Playing some classics like Pac-Man, Galaga ’88, and Rolling Thunder on the go is a nice touch and is probably one of the main reasons to get this version of the game. However, with only eleven games (ten not counting Pac-Man Vs.), and a few of those are pretty much staples for Namco collections, a few more additions would have been nice to see, especially games we rarely get on compilations.
  21. Aug 4, 2017
    74
    Namco Museum brings back pixel perfect emulation of some classic arcades, such as Galaga, Pac-Man or Splatterhouse. It also includes Pac-Man Vs. four player asymmetric game, but t lacks of extra content and there are too few games available.
  22. Aug 2, 2017
    74
    Namco Museum does a lot of things right - but despite the wonderful presentation, it’s still only focused on a limited audience. Putting a value on retro games can often be difficult given how easy it is to obtain and play these titles elsewhere; that said, Namco have put together an extremely desirable package that fits very nicely on the Switch. If it was cheaper it would be easier to recommend to everyone, but as it stands you’re only likely to pick this one up if you’ve got some retro-tinted specs like me. For those of us who do though, it’s a fantastic trip down memory lane.
  23. Aug 10, 2017
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  24. Aug 10, 2017
    70
    Most of these games translate well to the Switch, the improved graphics exploding with color. Playing in 4:3 suits some games better than others, so it’s not a perfect fit. The JoyCons are a great control tool, even if a few games struggle (I’m looking at you Sky Kid, you menace) on the Switch. This was a fun little jaunt down memory lane, but it’s really nothing more than another Namco collection in new digs.
  25. Aug 7, 2017
    70
    Despite $30 being an expensive price tag, the games included in this collection are worth your while with Pac-Man Vs. taking the collection over the top.
  26. Aug 2, 2017
    70
    A high price point and some subjective duds make Namco Museum a stretch in terms of outright value, but the influence these games had on the industry makes them worth at least a cursory glance in the rearview mirror.
  27. Jul 31, 2017
    70
    In any case, this Namco Museum release on the Switch is as good as its precursors and brilliantly accentuated with the local multiplayer focused Pac-Man Vs. but it is currently overpriced and I hope this is not a new trend when it comes to future retro gaming releases on the Switch.
  28. Jul 31, 2017
    70
    Pac-Man Vs. is a genuine classic that deserves a bigger audience, but the high price and limited selection of other games makes this an expensive retro indulgence.
  29. 70
    Namco Museum offers players eleven arcade greats in a nice new package on Switch. Getting to take these games on-the-go is a nice treat, but they're still the same old games that have been re-released quite often. Pac-Man Vs. does give you a cool addition though, and it's much easier to play this time around.
  30. Aug 7, 2017
    65
    A nice selection of classic games with a good customization options for each title, but there are some key titles missing, as well as those documents or that extra information you would expect from a "museum".
  31. Aug 1, 2017
    65
    It does not justify its too high pricing.
  32. Jul 31, 2017
    65
    Namco Museum on the Nintendo Switch offers a few arcade classics on the go but not really much else. The lack of online or even local multi-Switch play for all but one title, no real extras and the fact that the selection is kinda meager make this a pass for most people. It’s the absolute minimum to expect out of such a title.
  33. Jul 28, 2017
    65
    The games are still funny, even more on the go thanks to the Nintendo Switch handheld nature, but there could have been more of them.
  34. Nov 13, 2017
    60
    Ultimately, by neglecting to tell the stories about these games, Namco Museum on Switch leaves its selections in the unenviable position of selling their legacies to contemporary players on gameplay alone. Namco Museum would have prospective players believe that these selections are valuable, timeless experiences, but the reality is that no game is timeless — every one exists in its own moment, a photograph with its horizons safely tucked away in the background. For players that have the memories, maybe a faithful recreation is enough. But the rest? They’ll be left wondering what all the fuss was about.
  35. Oct 2, 2017
    60
    All up, Namco Museum on the Switch is a solid bunch of games – 11 really fun titles that will have something for everyone. A lot of care has gone into presenting the titles and giving you extra ways to play them. If you are chasing the high score or looking for something fun to play with friends you cannot go wrong with Namco Museum.
  36. Aug 10, 2017
    60
    I’m not totally sure as to who the target audience is for this collection. Older gamers who would have enjoyed these games in an arcade have had several other ways in which to play a lot of these games through the years. And that isn’t including games such as Pac-Man Championship Edition, which brings the classic gameplay up to date with modern gaming mechanics. Younger gamers, who may have never played any of these games, probably won’t enjoy most of them due to their money stealing design. I certainly would encourage youngsters to try out Pac-Man, Galaga and Dig Dug, as they are genuine classics, but $30 for two or three games that I would play long-term just doesn’t seem like good value. This game is probably best being held off on until a price drop.
  37. Aug 1, 2017
    60
    Namco Museum is only really worth purchasing if you either have an unhealthy obsession with at least three of Namco’s arcade classics, or want an immensely fun party game and don’t care too much about the price or extras. It’s great to see that they won’t be forgotten, but aside from Sky Kid there were no games that I hadn’t already played that I liked. Namco Museum is certainly well put together and presented, but the selection of games just aren’t completely enticing.
  38. Aug 31, 2017
    55
    Difficult to be enthusiastic about this new compilation of Namco's games, because there are two problems. First of all, the selling price is too high and the choice of the games are not very interesting. Forget about it and save your money.
  39. Aug 11, 2017
    50
    Namco Museum is a collection of arcade games from Bandai Namco's past. Even though some of the games are timeless, they don't seem to capture that same kind of magic like they would in an arcade hall. Because of that, Namco Museum falls short.
  40. 50
    Namco Museum for Switch is about what you’d expect if you’ve played any of the other packages that the company has put together over the last quarter of a century. What’s here is decent, but there just isn’t enough of it.
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  1. Aug 28, 2017
    If you’ve somehow managed to avoid all the Namco retro collections to this date, this one should keep you entertained for a while. The price is a bit steep for what you get, and I’m sure they could have got well more than 11 games in there, but it’s not a terrible package all round.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Aug 18, 2017
    7
    Too expensive, but I only bought it as I wanted to play Rolling Thunder and Splatter house. Which are still fantastic.

    Unless you really
    Too expensive, but I only bought it as I wanted to play Rolling Thunder and Splatter house. Which are still fantastic.

    Unless you really like some of these games, I'd recommend waiting until it's on sale.
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  2. Jul 29, 2017
    8
    Excellent little collection of old loved games, and in the switch I can play them in excellent quality on 1080p, very enjoyable selection ofExcellent little collection of old loved games, and in the switch I can play them in excellent quality on 1080p, very enjoyable selection of games, check out the demo and see if it fits you. Please enjoy all video games. Full Review »
  3. Apr 9, 2018
    9
    While this collection has a lot of quality arcade titles, there are still a few games they left out. Examples being Ms. Pac-Man or Pac-Land.While this collection has a lot of quality arcade titles, there are still a few games they left out. Examples being Ms. Pac-Man or Pac-Land. Otherwise, this game is great if you want to get your nostalgia on. Full Review »