Okay, enough with the cunningly-disguised mini-games already. We get it: publishers are keen to keep churning them out simply because people buy them, even if they're rubbish. Carnival Games sold even though it sucked, Game Party did even better despite sucking even harder and now Namco Museum Remix is likely to one-up both of them. It's not quite as rubbish but considering it manages to take several perfectly good arcade classics and bastardise them into trite mini-game shadows of their former selves, it deserves all the scorn we can muster regardless.
You see, what's being promised here are remixes of some of Namco's finest titles - specifically Rally-X, Pac N' Roll, Galaga, Motos and, er, Gator Panic - that take the original formula and jazz it up for the next-gen market. What you're actually getting, however, are mini-games. That the gameplay was originally simple anyway goes some way to explaining why these retro classics don't feel like full titles, but the main problem here is how Namco-Bandai has split each stage of each game up into individually playable elements selectable from a menu screen. The end result? Bursts of gameplay that barely last three minutes before throwing you back to the menu, stripping out the skill requirements.
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From Pac-Motos' 'bump enemies off the stage' monotony and Rally-X's broken controls that regularly send you spinning in the wrong direction, to the pointlessness of Gator Panic's whack-a-mole stylings, the majority of the games won't hold your attention for more than a few plays. The two other titles are better but that's not saying much. Galaga, once a great Space Invaders-style game, now becomes a dull on-rails point-and-shoot experience while Pac N' Roll is really the only game that can be considered more than a mini-game purely because it's got some semblance of level design. Not much, but some.
Ultimately then, the only thing worth buying this for are the un-remixed arcade originals which, to be fair, are as good as they ever were but considering you can get both Pac-Man and Galaga on the Virtual Console, rendering these versions obsolete, it's hard to see why you'd pay £30 for this.