Retrogaming has a degree of coolness about it. Back in the day there were none of those fancy 3D polygons or that bump-mapping tomfoolery. Games were played at the arcade, and you were lucky if you saw vector graphics. Games were all about gameplay, designed to be fun and addictive. Fancy taking a stroll down gameplay lane and sampling some of the exquisite delicacies of yesteryear? Namco Museum for the Game Boy Advance is your ticket.
Included on this retro compilation pack are five arcade greats including Ms Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, Galaga, Galaxian, and the infamous Pole Position.
Ms Pac-Man is the sequel to one of the most successful arcade games of all time and has been played by millions of people. The concept is so simple: players must guide Ms Pac-Man around a single screen maze, eating all of the dots while avoiding the enemy ghosts. Trying not to get cornered on the later levels is test of any gamer's skill.
Dig-Dug is another single screen action game. In order to clear a level, players must first rid it of all enemies. You guide your character through the dirt, and to vanquish the baddies, you must hit them with your hose and fill them with enough air so that they pop. Alternatively, you can make use of the environments. Falling rocks can be used to dispose of several alligators simultaneously. Dig-Dug is another classic, well worth several hours of play.
Galaga and Galaxian are two fine examples of shoot-em-ups from the golden days of videogames. The gameplay is similar for both titles. You control a spaceship, a last line of defence situation, and you must destroy the incoming waves of evil spacecraft. It's kill or be killed. As with all shooters, you must position your craft to avoid fire while timing your shots to hit where the enemy flies to. Both titles are great additions for the compilation.
Pole Position introduced many gamers to racing games. It's a simple case of being the first over the finish line. Dated by today's standards, but it still with plenty of true gameplay, it conveys a sense of speed and excitement, and the danger of hitting a corner at full speed while trying to outmanoeuvre your opponent. Don't expect to get off lightly with a shunt. Cars will burst into flames with slightest touch.
All of the games in the museum will happily sap your spare time. If you missed out on any of these titles, or haven't played them in ages, then why not revisit the beginnings of the gaming industry?
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