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You Know You Grew Up In the 1980s If . . .

  • Oct 11, 2004
This collection of games from Namco is a blast from the past for anyone who grew up playing video games at home on Atari or who spent their entire life savings at the arcades. The games included on this collection are: "Ms. Pac Man", "Dig Dug", "Galaxion", "Phozon", "Pole Position II", and "Tower Of Druaga". For those who don't own a PS2, NAMCO MUSEUM VOL. 3 is worth owning because of "Ms. Pac Man", "Dig Dug", and "Galaxion".

"Ms. Pac Man" is just as fun to play as the original "Pac Man" but is just slightly more difficult and gives a more continues the "story" begun in "Pac Man".

"Dig Dug" is one of the classic arcade games of the 80s. The game seems easy enough to play (dig your way through dirt, kill monsters before they kill you, and collect vegetables). However, the game becomes increasingly difficult as you progress and before you know it your running away more than you are shooting at monsters because there's just too many of them.

"Galaxion" is another arcade classic. It takes the premise of "Space Invaders" one step further so that instead of defending a planetary base from destruction and invasion, you're in space trying to destroy an enemy fleet before they blow you up. In "Space Invaders" you could hide your gun behind turrets, but there is no place to hide in "Galaxion."

The other three games on the collection are fairly forgettable and were somewhat obscure in the day. "Phozon" is a type of puzzle game where you try to match up the phozons with the pattern without getting blown to bits. "Pole Position II" is a racing game where you blow up if you get too far off course or run into items. In that sense its realistic. However, the game is extremely difficult to play because the analog component of the paddle isn't compatible and you don't have a joystick so you're forced to drive your car using the directional buttons. What a pain. "Tower of Druaga" is the final game on the collection. It involves trying to get Gil to climb through all the levels of the Tower. It's kind of like an early video game version of role playing. It's kind of interesting, but it takes an incredibly long amount of time to defeat.

Overall, this is a great collection for anyone who grew up playing video games in the 80s. For those who are too young to remember Atari, the game is nice to play because of its retro and anything retro is cool.

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From the makers ofSoul Caliburcomes a tour of the ancient days of gaming. For those who rememberMs. Pac-ManandAtari, for those who lovedDig-Dug, and those of you who spent way too many quarters onGalaxian, this little treasure is for you.

While it does contain some forgettable titles such as Phozon, a deadly boring puzzle game, and the Tower of Druaga, a sad, sad attempt at a top-down role-playing game, Namco Museum Vol. 3 is worth its price for the addictive classics alone. Pole Position II is also included, and, unlike modern racing games where you can knock opposing racers out of the way with a quick side swipe, Pole Position II's car explodes at the slightest contact. This was too much of a habit to break, but the nostalgia alone can be worth the effort.

Although this is a fun trip into video game history, younger gamers could be bored due to the low-tech nature of the package. But parents of the new video game generation should feel free to plug this into their child's PlayStation and say aloud, "When I was your age..." --Allen Stewart


  • Memorable classics such as Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, and Dig-Dug
  • A save high scores function
  • The classics are still really addictive and fun
  • Has a few forgettable titles such as Phozon and Tower of Druaga
  • Young players won't appreciate this selection
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