Namco Namco Museum DS
- It comes packed with tons of extras including game descriptions, a music/sfx sampler, and gallery shots of original instruction cards, fliers and the list goes on
- Sometimes the resolution isn't that good so you won't be able to read the Japanese writing that comes up on the screen (if you can read Japanese in the first place is a whole other thing...)
The collection itself is great, but the way it's been fleshed out is really impressive. The full-fledged treatment of each game makes this edition of Namco Museum really feel like a museum. Sceptics wondering whether it's worth it should be more than satisfied, especially with Pac-Man Vs. in the line-up. Retro gamers, head over to the DS aisle.
There seems to be no end to Namco Museums, but this one is the first for DS, so let's see what it has to offer.
Pac-Man is the obvious obligatory entry. There are three shooters: Galaxian, its sequel Galaga, and Xevious. Rounding out Arcade mode we have Mappy, The Tower of Druaga, and Dig Dug II. In addition to these (for the most part) heavily anthologised entries, there is one super nifty highlight; Pac-Man Vs.
Is it still retro if it's being rereleased again?
You'll get your kicks reminiscing about days of yore with the old arcade games. Galaga is still cooler than Galaxian since you can shoot faster and capture back your stolen ship for double blasters. Mappy is still opening doors into cats, and Dig Dug II is still a weird departure from the first one, what, with all the sinking islands. Pac-Man Vs., however, has previously only been available on the GameCube as a free bonus with R: Racing Evolution, Pac-Man World 2, or I-Ninja, and even then you could play it only if you had a GameBoy Advance and connector cable.
If you (understandably) don't remember this game, it gangs up three players as ghosts on one Pac-Man. The ghosts have a limited field of vision, while Pac-Man retains full view of the maze. Pac-Man is still eating lots of pellets, but the ghosts score points as well (especially for touching Pac-Man) so it turns into a frenzied multiplayer score attack. Having Vs. come to wireless DS multiplayer is an awesome chance for those who missed the GC iteration to get hooked.
Namco Museum DS is also packed with tons of extras including game descriptions, a music/sfx sampler, and gallery shots of original instruction cards (although, in some cases the resolution makes it hard to read the Japanese -- if you can read Japanese at all), fliers, even the system boards. More impressive still is the crazy array of settings ranging from controlling the number of lives, to "hardcore options" like whether or not to fix certain glitches. You can even -- no joke -- use your stylus to putz with virtual arcade DIP switches.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Google Daydream View VR full, in-depth review
- 3 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
- 4 Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: including Portrait Mode
- 5 MSI GS70 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- Dead Rising 4 impressions: 'Tis the season to BBQ zombies with your flaming sword
- This week in games: Free Titanfall 2 weekend, Star Wars Battlefront meets Rogue One
- Every new game revealed at The Game Awards 2016, from Guardians of the Galaxy to Zelda
- Watch Dogs 2 PC impressions: A smooth-running romp through meme-filled San Francisco
- Hearthstone fans now have a dedicated Skype chat room to challenge its best players
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- The top 10 best and worst tech gadgets and products of 2016
- TV of the year award 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- TPProject Manager - HealthQLD
- FTSoftware DeveloperWA
- FTSoftware Implementation ConsultantVIC
- FTCloud Automation EngineerSA
- CCJava Developer/ Web DesginerNSW
- CCService Desk Quality Assurance SpecialistNSW
- TPSenior UI Front End DeveloperQLD
- FTService Desk Analyst / Security EngineerQLD
- TP.NET Developer (Sitecore)QLD
- FTSenior Manager, Data and InformationQLD
- FTSalesforce Solutions Architect/DeveloperNSW
- FTPositive Vetted ICT positions - Defence intelligence and information securityACT
- FTLevel 2 Service Desk AnalystQLD
- TPAndroid DeveloperNSW
- CCSecurity Administrator - CheckpointVIC
- FTJunior / Trainee Storage AdministratorNSW
- FTMurex/Java DeveloperNSW
- CCSiebel Developers x 8NSW
- CCSenior Integration DeveloperQLD
- CCSenior Integration DeveloperSA
- FTSolution Architect - Application IntegrationQLD
- CCElectronic Medications Management Solution ArchitectQLD
- FTSAP Team Lead - Configuration ManagementACT
- TPData CoordinatorVIC
- FTDesktop Support Team LeaderQLD