of Taito's classic arcade games will rejoice, while
the average gamer will respond with, "What th
coming up to that time of year again when companies
release compilations of their greatest hits to fill
shelves during the Holiday-buying season. The trouble
with videogame companies is that they only have a
handful of hits to push, with a lot of filler. Such
is the case with Taito's Legends. True arcade fanatics
from the golden age will probably have no problem
recalling each and every game contained within while
the average casual gamer will have heard of only a
small portion of the games offered in this compilation.
Of course everyone has heard of Space Invaders, but
how many people have heard of Exzisus or Tube It?
because you haven't heard of a lot of these games
doesn't really mean much. Maybe you'll like them -
maybe you won't. All I can tell you is that they are
very faithful to their arcade counterparts in virtually
every detail. There are some control issues I will
talk about later but the graphics, animations, sound
effects and music are almost perfect emulations. Keep
in mind that a lot of these games are very old-school.
Their depth is typically in the form of an ever-increasing
difficulty that incorporates more enemies at a faster
pace while recycling the same levels or environments.
The gameplay is firmly established at the beginning
of the game and since they are arcade games they aren't
too difficult to get the hang of.
might be pleasantly surprised with some of these games.
There's no shortage of space shooters, let me tell
you. Most of the games are an amalgam of shooter,
platform and puzzle. There are 29 games in all including
Battle Shark, Bubble Bobble, Colony 7, Continental
Circus, Electric Yo-Yo, Elevator Action, Exzisus,
Gladiator, Great Swordsman, Jungle Hunt, Ninja Kids,
The New Zealand Story, Operation Thunderbolt, Operation
Wolf, Phoenix, Plotting, Plump Pop, Rainbow Islands,
Rastan, Return of the Invaders, Space Gun, Space Invaders,
Space Invaders Part 2, Super Qix, Thunderfox, Tokio,
Tube It, Volfied and Zoo Keeper.
Bobble features two dinosaur brothers, Bub and Bob
as they jump from platform to platform in an attempt
to capture monsters by trapping them in the bubbles
they are able to blow. Once trapped, they can pop
the bubbles and destroy the monsters within, which
will leave certain treats for our heroes to collect
within a given time frame.
you notice that it took an entire paragraph to explain
one damn game? Obviously I'm not going to do that
with all of them. This review would be way too long.
So I'll just briefly go over a few. Plump Pop requires
you to bounce an animal on a trampoline to burst a
horde of balloons let loose over the sky. Watch out
for flying enemies. Super Qix is the game where you
have to outline sections of a picture before the evil
gremlin attacks your drawing line before you complete
outlining a rectangular section. Operation Thunderbolt
features Green Berets attempting to rescue hostages
from terrorists. Elevator Action stars Agent 17 as
he tries to steal documents from atop a building using
a series of interconnected elevators and escalators.
Tube It is a Tetris rip-off where your bin fills with
pipes that you must connect in order to make them
disappear. Exzisus is a simple, side scrolling, space
shooter in which you fly over a planet shooting at
anything in your path.
only real downside to this compilation is that some
of these shooters would have benefited from the inclusion
of a lightgun. Instead you get a cursor which tends
to diminish the impact. You probably won't miss it
if you've never even heard of games such as Operation
Thunderbolt and Space Gun, which is like an unflattering
combination of Alien and Doom.
Legends is like having an arcade in your own home.
Maybe not the best arcade in town but more like the
cheesy one you might recall on the wrong side of the
tracks next to the 24-hour bowling alley and laundromat.
Don't deny yourself the pleasure of tackling some
of these games just for the heck of it. The price
is great if you want to purchase it but you can't
go wrong renting it for a retro-weekend party.
Xplosiv revealed today the content for their highly
anticipated forthcoming release Taito Legends. This
retro collection of classic games will consist of
29 of the best loved classics, including Bubble Bobble,
Space Invaders, Rainbow Island, Operation Wolf, New
Zealand Story to name but a few. The title is set
to be released this September for the PlayStation
2, Xbox and PC.
are the original coin-op arcade masters and have always
been at the forefront of arcade gaming, with many
of the original and most memorable classics coming
from their design stables. The catalogue of games
to be included in the retro collection will span from
as early as 1979 through to 1997 and include arguably
the most famous Coin-Op of all time, Space invaders,
Legends is already a dream come true for retro gamers
and with extra features such as video interviews of
the original games creators Mr Tomohiro Nishikado
(Space Invaders, Space Invaders Part II, Pop 'n' Pop)
and Mr Fukio Mitsuji (Bubble Bobble, New Zealand Story,
Volfied), this collection will keep fans and gaming
enthusiasts on the edge of their seats.
amazing collection not only contains a staggering
29 titles but all 29 are arcade games from our childhoods,
a gaming journey through time ensues as every game
brings back memories and remind us all of our youth!
has been at the forefront of gaming since the 70's
and Mr Hironori Ishii, General Manager of Overseas
Releases for Taito, commented, "There remains
an overwhelming interest in the classic games of the
70s and 80s, of which TAITO played a leading role
in. This compilation is for all those fans out there,
eager to either turn back the clock to those glory
days of gaming, or discover altogether why these games
are referred to as "classics". We are proud
to have a company of such strong repute as Empire
representing us, and trust they will do their best
with this title."
25 games that defined a generation, Including:
New Zealand Story
Return of the Invaders
Space Invaders part II