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Namco Museum DS
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Console: Nintendo DS
Year: 2007
RFG ID #: U-087-S-03440-A
UPC: 722674700078
Developer: Namco Bandai Games
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games America

Genre: Compilation
Players: 1-4
Controller: System Controls
Media Format: DS Card
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Tan's review:

So what do dairy farmers and Bandai Namco have in common? Well if you don't know the answer to that perhaps you should do a search in our database for Pac-Man or Namco Museum and hazard a guess!

So you can imagine my and no doubt countless other people's initial reaction when they hear that yet another Namco Museum has come out. This time around it's on the Nintendo DS. The sound of milk striking a bucket at 14.6psi can be heard from miles away. Yet for some reason this one struck me immediately as one that I had to have and not 12 hours after I had seen coverage and media for this compilation on the net I had a copy in my hands. Even more surprising is that's it's better than I had even imagined.

This particular version of the Museum series includes: Pac-Man, Galaga, DigDug II, Xevious, The Tower of Druaga, Mappy, Galaxian and the recent multiplayer hit Pac-Man Vs. All of this is a neat package for only $19.99.

Let me get this out of the way first, this is among the best compilations of any type I've ever had. The emulation of these titles is equal to any PC version and second only to the arcade cabinet originals in my opinion. I normally don't have a lot of respect for the DS's D-pad but I have to say it works so well with these games it brings a refreshing feel to these classics.

Now I won't bore you with gameplay details of these games, if you don't know what they are already then you don't deserve to call yourself a gamer.:P Find yourself an arcade somewhere, bring some coin and familiarize yourself with these classics that helped define gaming in the 80's. What I will focus on is why I think this version sets the bar higher than the rest and why it's worth your $20.

First off the intro is good. It uses the sprites of each game and sound effects into one continuous sequence, very entertaining. Then as you come to the main menu you have 4 options to choose from: Pac-Man Vs. (multiplayer only game), Arcade, Demo and Library. The Demo mode allows you to broadcast demos of each game to your friends wirelessly and the Library allow you to listen to each game's music and sound effects, read instructions, view arcade flyers, view high scores, credits and more.

The Arcade mode is where the other 7 games are located. Keep in mind that throughout this whole thing the menus are simple, easy to read and big enough to be used by finger or stylus. Each game has 3 main menus with specific options and settings for that particular title. Game settings, Button config, Screen settings, Hardcore options, Dip switches and even hints.

Now that's where this game really becomes impressive. There are 6 screen modes, everything from width, height types with aspect ratio adjustment to even switching screens and playing sideways like an open book. As well there are sharpness settings for the screen.

You can adjust game settings like extra lives etc, recreate documented game glitches known to the originals and mess with the dip switches. The dip switch options are neat because it gives you an actual picture of the cabinet PCB, tells you to find the dip switches on it and using the stylus, change the settings of each while the top screen shows you what each switch does.

All of this together with fantastic sound, authentic looking graphics and great control make this one helluva good investment for anyone wanting a portable arcade and a great price to match it. Even some of you Galaga haters out there (you know who you are), might finally make your peace with this game and enjoy it for a change.

I give this game a partly skimmed 9.0/10

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Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo DS Canada S Namco Museum DS Namco Bandai Games America 2007 Compilation
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