a game, (or should I say games?) that you'll probably
be better off staying away from.
Classic Arcade is a compilation of Tecmo games from
the last 20-years and beyond. Most of the games are
two-decades old and haven't exactly stood the test
of time. The majority of these games weren't even
considered good at the time, so they certainly shouldn't
be considered classics today. Even if you liked Tecmo
Bowl which is probably the best of the bunch, it's
the arcade versions that are featured here and not
the home NES versions.
list of games are as follows: Tecmo Bowl; Rygar; Starforce;
Solomon's Key; Bomb Jack; Tecmo Cup; Pinball Action;
Pleiads; Senjyo; Swimmer, and Strato Fighter. Some
games you might recognize but don't feel too bad if
you've only heard of a handful of these 11 games.
There are no other games to unlock so that's pretty
much it unless you count the archives which gives
us a little history on some of the games with copies
of original instructions and sell sheets for arcade
not going to go over all of the games but only those
that warrant an anecdote. Most of them are totally
unimpressive and not even worth a quick spin down
memory lane. If you haven't searched these games out
in the last five years there's probably a good reason
- such as you don't really give a rat's arse. I kind
of get that feeling from Tecmo. While the games are
virtually exact ports of the originals, the presentation
isn't worth a crap. It has a low-res, low-budget feel
to it and at more than double the superior competitor's
compilations it's just not worth a purchase.
Bowl is not a bowling game, it's a football game -
though you might be hard pressed to tell the difference.
It was considered advanced for its time but the controls
are limited which makes the gameplay much too simplistic.
Imagine having to choose your receiver before the
play. Madden 06 for the GBA is 100-times as deep as
this game. Why bother?
is similar to Pac-Man in that you move the character
around busting balloons while avoiding the enemies
that hover around the playfield. It's only fun because
it steals its premise from an actual classic. (I
disagree - I loved Bomb Jack. One of my faves! - Vaughn)
is a space shooter with a name that I could never
pronounce and never spell. I did play it a lot at
the arcade when it came out in 81. Swarms of enemy
spaceships would launch from the mothership forcing
you to shoot or be shot. The waves of aliens continue
until you die. That's the same way it is here. Even
if I played this game for the next five years it's
doubtful I could beat it. I've got a severe mental
block that won't let me get past the ninth level.
pinball game is atrocious, with terrible physics and
even worse graphics. This game is probably the single
reason that video pinball never caught on. Senjyo
puts you in the driver's seat of a tank where you
use crosshairs to pinpoint the enemy and shoot at
them with dual barrels. It was known for its faux
3D look which looks really dated now.
of these games could be replicated on the GBA, certainly
the DS. There's no reason to get this package especially
for the Xbox. It's like slumming to waste a great
console on these old hackneyed games.