Parents' Guide to

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Collection of classic arcade games best for older gamers.

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For fans of old-school games who went to the back of the arcade, where the more obscure games were kept, this compilation is a gold mine. The SNK 40th Anniversary Collection presents 25 old-school games made by Japan's SNK Corporation between 1979 (the shooter ZMA Wars) and 1990 (the hack-and-slash game Crystals). While many are side-scrolling shooters -- including 1985's space shooter Alpha Mission, the 1985 tank game TNKIII, and 1989's Aliens-inspired S.A.R.: Search and Rescue -- there are also some interesting oddities. Chief among them is Munch Mobile, in which a car with googly eyes has to avoid oncoming traffic and other hazards while also grabbing food on the side of the road. This collection even, when available, includes both the original arcade versions and the console adaptations of these games, with the Xbox One version including both the American and Japanese versions of Baseball Stars!

As for what's been added for this collection: It presents all this old-school goodness in high-def (and 4K for those with fancy TVs), and there are some options that can make these games easier or harder. You can also now pause the action or save your progress, and there's even a museum that includes a chronological visual history of the company's games and some of their soundtracks. But while some of these games are still fun, some haven't aged well (I'm looking at you, Munch Mobile). It's also a bummer that this celebratory collection doesn't include any of the games from the company's biggest franchises: Metal Slug and King of Fighters. But if you're a fan of the other games they've made, you'll have a fun trip back in time with the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection.

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