: 3 out of 5
: The nine classic games are as fun as I remember them
: The "Remix" games are too simple and boring
The Bottom Line:
The Classics Are Great. The Remixes are Only Okay.
I love the classic arcade games I grew up with, so one of
the first purchases I made for my Wii was the Namco Museum Remix
. This game for the Wii has 5 updates of
classic games (called remixes) and 9 games from the 80's video arcade. While the new games aren't all that great,
the classics are fun to play again.
The remixes are all attempts to update some classics, take
advantage of the Wii's unique controllers, and give us more of their best known
star, Pac-Man. He appears in all 5 of
Galaga Remix is the weirdest of the bunch only because I
don't see how it applies to the original.
Pac-Man is rolling down a track in space, and we have to keep invading
aliens from hurting him. We've got a
target on the screen that we move by moving the Wii controller, and we hit the
aliens when we fire when they are in the cross hairs. We have no real control over Pac-Man, and
there are times we're shooting at aliens without any sight of our hero. The video is pretty impressive as it zooms
through the various levels.
Pac'N Roll Remix finds Pac-Man eating his way through
various 3D levels as he tries to pick up enough energy pellets to leave the
level while avoiding the ghosts. The
levels are actually pretty simple, it's not that hard to finish them.
Remember those machines where you have a mallet and are
trying to hit gators as they come out from a hole? That's the premise of Gator Panic Remix. You are Pac-Man and are trying to hit the
gators before they bite your friend the turtle.
It's amusing for a game or two, however, the gators will still bite the
turtle even if you've hit them, so by the end when all four are out at once, it
gets hard to keep him from being bitten.
Pac-Motos finds us as Pac-Man trying to knock other objects
off the playing field without falling off ourselves. Most of the levels are pretty basic until you
get to the boss level. Even with the
power ups, they're almost impossible to defeat.
The final Remix is my favorite. Then again, I always loved the original
Rally-X. This time around, Pac-Man is
driving and we steer him as he tries to collect all the flags on a course
without crashing into the cars chasing him or the rocks on the maze. Some levels require us to collect them in a
certain order, while others are the traditional collect in any order you can. The controls on this one are a little hard,
but I remember that on the original as well.
A large part of me wonders if this part of the game is aimed
at kids instead of adults. Most of the
games seems remarkably easy. You start
each level with three lives and just start that level over if you lose them
all. Usually, I can move on with only
dying once. Twice means I really wasn't
trying that hard.
The graphics are another thing that makes me thing these are
aimed at kids. They are very cartoony in
nature. Now I know the classics they are
based on weren't the best in the way of graphics, especially by today's
standards. But they seem pretty
The sounds are pretty basic as well. There are sound effects and music, but
nothing super impressive. Since the
games are simple, that actually works for me.
Most of these games require the use of the Wii remote and
the Nunchuk. The controls are easy to
intuitive, however, they aren't always easy to master. I mentioned how finicky they can be on the
Rally-X Remix already. On Pac'N Roll, it
takes a lot of work to get Pac-Man to roll where you want him to in the 3D
Several of these games do include multi-player versions, but
I haven't subjected any of my friends to them.
If the game stopped here, I would probably recommending you
miss this game. But the classics. Ah, my old friends.
Carnival Arcade (The
I should start out by pointing out what you will not find
here. They don't include the original
Pac-Man or Ms. Pac-Man. But I do enjoy
the games included.
My favorite is a little known game called Mappy. You are a mouse detective trying to recover
stolen items from some cats. You have to
bounce from level to level collection the items without being touched. For the simple premise, it is remarkably
Right up there is Dig Dug.
Here, you are a guy trying to either plow up monsters or squash them in
their under ground lair. Simple yet so
addictive. I would play this by the hour
on my Atari 2600, and here it is no different.
While we don't get the original Pac-Man, we do get three
different versions. My favorite is Super
Pac-Man. Here, we're eating food on a
maze with doors we have to unlock before we can get to the food. That adds an extra level because sometimes
you can get trapped by just one ghost.
In addition to the power pellets, we get two super pellets that let us
crash through barriers and fly over the ghosts.
Easily as addicting is Pac-Mania, an early 3D version of the
classic that lets us jump over ghosts.
Rounding out the Pac-Man games is Pac&Pal. We're trying to eat fruit after matching it,
and we have some different ways to harm the ghosts. To be perfectly honest, I haven't quite
figured this one out completely. I
usually play the other two instead.
We've got two Space Invader clones here. The more well known is Galaxian. It and Gaplus are fairly similar as the
aliens not only shoot but dive bomb us.
They're fun, although we probably really only needed one of them.
Cutie-Q is a cross between pinball and Breakout. You've got a pad you use to keep a ball on
the play field as it rolls over stuff and clears the area at the top.
Rounding out this section is Xevious, an early mission game
where we have to shoot planes and tanks as we fly through enemy territory.
These are the games I actually play. They are pretty much imports from the arcade
version, so if you are already familiar with the game, you can still beat it
here. My Mappy skills are just as good
as ever, for example. The games I wasn't
familiar with before I started, I do poorly at.
But the harder I work, the better I get.
If you need your joystick to make this work, you can use the
Nunchuk to control things. Or you can
turn the Wii Remote around the use the buttons and plus pad to control things. I use both, depending on the game and what
feels natural to me. The controls in
this part are surprisingly responsive.
As much as I'd like to blame things on them, usually my deaths are the
result of my poor decisions and lack of skill.
The graphics are faithful to the original arcade
versions. That means they definitely
look dated, especially the "3D" of Pac-Mania. However, I love them because they remind me
of the games I loved to play. Likewise,
the sound is the familiar arcade music and effects. Honestly, you could turn the volume down and
not miss much.
I bought this game for the classic games, and on that front
I am not disappointed. When I pull this
game out, they are what I play almost exclusively. I had hoped the new versions would be fun,
and they left Rally-X alone enough that it is still fun. The others are just too easy to be much fun.
So if you like the lesser known classics mentioned here or
classics in general, it is worth it to get Namco Museum Remix
. Otherwise, don't let the lower price trick
you into buying a game you won't spend much time playing.