|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Namco||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Namco||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 23, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by D'Marcus Beatty
The age of retro gaming is fully upon us. As a fully realized and recognized hobby, gaming is still relatively new, but has just recently become old enough to have an old school movement wherein everyone is seeking out classic titles. The Wii has especially capitalized on this with the Virtual Console, and various companies are compiling their older games into new compilations to give everyone access to the classics. Namco Museum Remix is one of the latest of these compilations, and although Namco did attempt to infuse the game with a little freshness, the remix really comes across as more of a rehash.
Namco is a company with a long, decorated history, and few companies can compete with them for classic, old school games. Namco Museum Remix has organized some of Namco's most beloved games with a few of the lesser known ones and combined them into one game, creating a potential paradise for the old school gamer. They even took a few of their classic titles and "remixed" them by throwing Pac-Man in and updating the visuals and gameplay. The opening section is a theme park where you control Pac-Man and steer him towards whatever area you wish to explore. There are areas set aside for each of the remixed titles and there is an arcade that includes the original, untouched arcade classics.
The remixed titles for Namco Museum Remix are Pac'n Roll, Galaga, Pac-Moto, Rally-X, and Gator Panic. For this compilation, all of these games feature Pac-Man in some way, even if the original didn't. For example, classic shooter Galaga now has you protecting Pac-Man from enemies as you shoot them, light gun style, while Pac-Man rolls on a path to the end of the stage. You can make Pac-Man jump to dodge the occasional bullet, but other than that, you're relegated to protecting the Pac from afar. In Rally-X, you control Pac-Man's car as he attempts to collect flags and avoid the other driver. Pac n' Roll is sort of a platformer, where you control Pac-Man and roll him around each stage collecting power pellets and getting through obstacles. In Pac-Moto, you have to stay on a platform while other creatures attempt to knock you off. Gator Panic, last but not least, is sort of like Whack a Mole and using the Wii's motion sensing the most of any game on the compilation, swinging the Wii-mote to bop approaching alligators based on their position.
The games that haven't been changed include shooters Galaxian, Xevious, and Gaplus, arcade favorites Dig Dug and Mappy, pinball game Cutie Q, and Pac-Man games Pac & Pal, Super Pac-Man, and Pac-Mania. Each of these games plays like the arcade original and playing through some of these are more fun than the remixed titles. Each game is accessible through an in game arcade where your onscreen Pac-Man rolls over to the arcade machine, which then tells you the game name, controls, and a brief synopsis of the game.