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Namco Museum Remix Review

Breaking arcade history one game at a time

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.

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  1. fairbusj01 Thursday 17th Apr 2008 at 16:02

    Im fed up of games like this. But I bet this will be high up on the sales charts. Let's just hope everybody sees the light and gets mario kart :x

  2. mandlecreed Thursday 17th Apr 2008 at 16:23

    We need Nintendo to bring out a Game and Watch compendium, with new and old versions, like they did for the GameBoy - for the Wii for £20. If only to show Namco how to do the old/new thing right.

  3. gillepy Thursday 17th Apr 2008 at 16:28

    I take it your review score won't be on an advert like mario kart then

  4. Son_of_Shadoo Thursday 17th Apr 2008 at 16:41

    I am so sick of lazy developers screwing up brilliant old games like this. It happened with Namco Arcade Classics, or something like that (No save function?! It's like having a hole in the crotch of your pants!) and it's happened with this. It sickens me, because we all know it'll sell by the bucketload, just all the other crap lazy developers roll out. And the non-lazy developers are left on the shelves and to the bargain bins. Disgusting.

  5. Venomous Thursday 17th Apr 2008 at 16:53

    Are developers even trying nowadays?

    It seems that everything on the Wii that isn't first-party (apart from the likes of No More Heroes and Guitar Hero) is shovelware, plain and simple. This is a firm example of that.

    Heck, maybe they're trying to actually create shovelware, trying to intentionally develop bad games for release on the Wii. It all seems like that nowadays.

  6. Anonymous Thursday 17th Apr 2008 at 17:57

    Has anyone else noticed that, when it comes to the wii, developers just do not care.

    For every masterpiece like Mario Kart that is released, about 20 bargain bin games are released.

    I know it has always happened on other consoles but I do not remember it being this bad! It is an epidemic of ridiculously poor games!

  7. YoshiLimbo Thursday 17th Apr 2008 at 18:19

    Seems intersting,not in a bad way though. I wont be pick this up, theres so many Wii games I'd like to buy (Mario Galaxy,Sonic riders,NiGHTS). I'd only buy this if it was incredibly cheap.

  8. GlobboTwilight Thursday 17th Apr 2008 at 18:50

    Are developers even trying nowadays?

    It seems that everything on the Wii that isn't first-party (apart from the likes of No More Heroes and Guitar Hero) is shovelware, plain and simple. This is a firm example of that.

    Heck, maybe they're trying to actually create shovelware, trying to intentionally develop bad games for release on the Wii. It all seems like that nowadays.

    Thats what I was thinking, that most companies are trying to bring down the Wii's reputation

  9. Mrlizard Thursday 17th Apr 2008 at 19:28

    Shame... but it's a trend that will continue on, regardless. Is it possible to blame Nintendo for enforcing the family friendly image, thus resulting in this rubbish that the Wii is drowning under?

  10. LordYoshiman Thursday 17th Apr 2008 at 20:29

    I had somewhat high hopes for this. I mean, Pac and Roll was an awesome game on DS. Too bad they screwed it up.


    Bring Pac Pix 2 along Namco, we will forgive you :P

  11. Daxter D Friday 18th Apr 2008 at 09:09

    All Namco seems interested in is Pac Man. To be honest, there are very few Namco games out there I enjoy because they keep doing these compliations.

  12. The_Insider Friday 18th Apr 2008 at 11:04

    this game is a perfect example of why I feel nintendo now need a quality control system. At the moment they only have the 'seal of quality' which basically means that the product will work on your nintendo system. It doesn't mean it's a quality game.

    Nintendo should have some kind of quality control for games on their consoles. What's sickening is that all these games have to go through nintendo first and get its approval before going into retail. How in the hell then do games like this get through???

    Also when nintendo was asked about this in issue 28's ask nintendo segment. they replied with

    "just because you don't like a certain type of game doesn't mean that other people won't enjoy it."

    frankly that just sounds like a corporate front statement, to keep everyone happy, and themselves safe. to be honest, it's just sickening.

  13. pchilton2002 Friday 18th Apr 2008 at 11:14

    We need Nintendo to bring out a Game and Watch compendium, with new and old versions, like they did for the GameBoy - for the Wii for £20. If only to show Namco how to do the old/new thing right.

    That would be sooooo cool!

  14. chojin Friday 18th Apr 2008 at 12:16

    I think I will give this one a miss. Maybe if it was £4.99 I MIGHT be tempted

  15. Gordon Ramsey Friday 18th Apr 2008 at 12:27

    And to think I wanted to try out that Rally game (still do). This is obvious Wii-Ware material though so it deserves to be slated.

  16. Incudii_Up Friday 18th Apr 2008 at 15:49

    I've played Pac-man championship edition ands its amazing.

    I've played Space invader Extreme and its amazing.

    Why the hell would this game suck then considered how well the old classics have been remixed?

  17. -mohsi- Friday 18th Apr 2008 at 16:06

    Oh, I was thinking this would be good. The screens look good, though! :)

  18. uster dog Friday 18th Apr 2008 at 19:56

    crapy,crapy,crap crap :wink: :wink: .

  19. Akerjlg Friday 18th Apr 2008 at 23:28

    I'm so glad I downloaded Pac Man via the Virtual Console ages ago.

  20. adamwalker222 Saturday 19th Apr 2008 at 17:53

    this looks rubbish. end of. no negotiation.

  21. Incudii_Up Saturday 19th Apr 2008 at 20:10

    I'm so glad I downloaded Pac Man via the Virtual Console ages ago.

    I'm hoping championship edition comes out for Wiiware.

  22. Dark Lament Thursday 24th Apr 2008 at 19:25

    This has been done so many times before, It's painful. I got a NAMCO Museum GBA title when i was smaller, and that sucked. Rehash after Rehash after Rehash...it gets tiring after a while.

    Proverb:Let a sleeping dog lie.
    Proverb:Let a decent game die with dignity.

  23. crazyrockboy Thursday 24th Apr 2008 at 20:00

    It's games like this that's stopping Zack and Wiki being bought.
    I was in Game the other day, and I saw a little kid looking between zack and wiki and GAME PARTY.

    They chose game party... how i didn't slap him I don't know...

  24. Anonymous Tuesday 29th Apr 2008 at 13:36

    so when the 3$!*%y and the PS3 ( :x ) get games like GTA 4, soul calibor 4, metal gear solid 4 and resident evil 5 i burns me up inside when i see games like this coming out on the wii ... you dont see it on the 360 or the PS3 so why the wii??

  25. johndfernley Tuesday 6th May 2008 at 16:05

    so when the 3$!*%y and the PS3 ( :x ) get games like GTA 4, soul calibor 4, metal gear solid 4 and resident evil 5 i burns me up inside when i see games like this coming out on the wii ... you dont see it on the 360 or the PS3 so why the wii??


    its because there isnt such a massive casual market that dont know better on those other consoles

  26. johndfernley Tuesday 6th May 2008 at 16:07

    so when the 3$!*%y and the PS3 ( :x ) get games like GTA 4, soul calibor 4, metal gear solid 4 and resident evil 5 i burns me up inside when i see games like this coming out on the wii ... you dont see it on the 360 or the PS3 so why the wii??


    its because there isnt such a massive casual market that dont know better on those other consoles

  27. johndfernley Tuesday 6th May 2008 at 16:07

    so when the 3$!*%y and the PS3 ( :x ) get games like GTA 4, soul calibor 4, metal gear solid 4 and resident evil 5 i burns me up inside when i see games like this coming out on the wii ... you dont see it on the 360 or the PS3 so why the wii??


    its because there isnt such a massive casual market that dont know better on those other consoles

  28. johndfernley Tuesday 6th May 2008 at 16:07

    so when the 3$!*%y and the PS3 ( :x ) get games like GTA 4, soul calibor 4, metal gear solid 4 and resident evil 5 i burns me up inside when i see games like this coming out on the wii ... you dont see it on the 360 or the PS3 so why the wii??


    its because there isnt such a massive casual market that dont know better on those other consoles

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