Microsoft Revenge of Arcade

Since its premiere in 1994, Microsoft’s Arcade series has faithfully translated titles from the golden age of videogaming for play on modern day PCs. The series has focused on the big arcade classics we know and love — the original pack included a stellar collection featuring Asteroids, Battlezone, Tempest, Centipede, and Missile Command and subsequent packs have included Galaxian, Dig-Dug, and PacMan. Revenge of Arcade, however, proves that maybe not everything from the golden age of gaming is worth replaying.

7You’ll have 5 Namco titles in this package – Ms. Pac Man, Xevious, Mappy, MotoS, and Rally X. However, with the exception of Ms. PacMan and Xevious, this collection seems to be dredging the bottom of the nostalgia barrel. Mappy, MotoS, and Rally X are as forgettable now as they were back then and it doesn’t take more than a couple of quarters worth of play time to get your fill out of all of them. On the bright side, however, Ms. PacMan proves to be the same bubbly vixen we remember from the pizza parlor; it’s the most re-playable arcade title of the bunch.

The science-fiction shooter Xevious has aged fairly well, with challenging gameplay and good control, but you may find that the color palette isn’t as clean and crisp as you remember from the arcades. Yet as good as these two titles are, it’s hard to consider either of them in the same top-tier as some of the previous Arcade showpieces.

While each title has been painstakingly recreated and features full sound and joystick support, one small side note is the so-so screen size of these conversions. Since each title remains true to its arcade roots where they had long vertical screens, you’ll either play in a narrow window or in a full screen with a lot of empty real estate on either side. There is no option to stretch the game area across the entire screen, which makes for some clunky gaming sessions.

System Requirements: Pentium 90 MHz, 8 MB RAM, DOS

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