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Parents' Guide to

Namco Museum Arcade Pac

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Collection of classic, mostly fun arcade games.

Game Nintendo Switch 2018
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With nearly a dozen games perfectly replicated, this collection of classic titles will entertain both old school gamers and those too young to remember arcades, or quarters. Like other versions of this compilation, Namco Museum Arcade Pac includes such iconic games as Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaga, its sequel Galaga '88, and others. It also has the relatively newer multiplayer game Pac-Man Vs., where one player controls the titular binge eater while four others control the ghosts. What's more, this new collection includes Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus with its exclusive Switch 2 Plus 2P mode, letting two players take on ghosts in mazes at the same time.

But while this collection presents these games with all of their classic graphics, sounds, and gameplay intact, some of them hold up better than others. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, and the two Galaga games, for instance, are timeless classics, while the side-scrolling shooters Rolling Thunder and Rolling Thunder 2 have a certain old school charm. What's more, if you haven't played Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus before, you owe it to yourself to leap into that game; it really turns the ghost chomping maze action on its head. But the horror movie-inspired hack-and-slash game Splatterhouse is more silly than scary these days, while such top-down games as the shooter Tank Force and the hack-and-slash maze adventure The Tower of Druaga haven't aged well. Still, even if you only play Pac-Man, Pac-Man Vs., Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus, Dig Dug, Galaga, and Galaga '88, getting six cool games for the price of one more than makes Namco Museum Arcade Pac for the Switch a collection worth its weight in quarters.

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