Namco museum on the Gameboy advance features 5 classic namco games. These are galaxians, galaga, ms pacman, dig dug and pole position. Galaxians is very similair to the classic space invaders where you move your ship side to side shooting aliens which is also very similair to galaga with only a few very small differences.
Ms Pacman is almost identical to the old classic pacman. You move around the maze eating all of the dots and avoiding ghosts. Once you have collected all of the dots you move on to the next level. This is where ms pacman varies from the original game. Instead of the same level repeating ms pacman features 4 different levels. Also the ghosts behaviour has been improved and several other features such as fruit placement has changed.
In Pole Position you control a formula one car. The game starts in a time trial where you race on your own to qualify for the race. The game features one track which is the Fuji Racetrack. After qualifying you race against other drivers and try to win.
And lastly the legendary Dig Dug! The objective of this game is to destroy underground monsters. This is acheived by inflating them until they pop or by dropping rocks on them. Two enemies feature in the game. Pooka's which are round red monsters that dont particullary do much and Fygars which are green dragons that can breathe fire. Dig Dug is killed if he is caught by either Pooka or Fygar, burned by a Fygar's fire, or crushed by a rock. The further down you go the more points are awarded for destroying monsters.
Overall the port is done well though unfortunatley all of the games except pole position were played on verticle displays on there arcade machines. Luckily most of the games feature multiple views such as ms pacman having a scrolling screen option or a shrunk down option. Also on galaxians and galaga they have shoved a bar that displays your score and lives to fill in the extra space.
The graphics obviously remain the same as they were on the 1980's arcade machines so its no suprise that by todays standards there shocking but this is to be expected. The games also retain there classic sound effects.
Well, Nintendo release a 32-bit super hand held console and what do Namco do?? They bring us a game with graphics the same as an old Atari VC2000 ! Only joking !! Well, the graphics are not that good to be honest on all four games which are included on this pack, which are: *Ms Pacman *DigDug *Pole Postion *Galaga Lets start off with Ms.Pacman. Basically, everyone knows Pacman and Ms.Pacman is the same but you control a girl with a little pink bow in her head and slighty different levels. The game runs really smooth and is still quite fun after all these years but for a new console you would want something better eh? DigDug is awful in my opinion and the aim of this graphically tasteful game is to dig to the bottom of mines to get jewels. Sounds simple? Well it is and you will complete it in a few hours. The sound is dreadful, these annoying beeps and crash sounds that sound like you have dropped your GBA into a bath. PolePostion is better, the classic arcade racer looks exactly the same as it did all those years ago and is still fun as you race round circuits in your F1 car and trying to beat the clock. Galaga is the best game on this package and it is similar to space invaders, only the game involves scrolling upwards and shooting green like aliens from your spacecraft. The graphics and sound on this are quite good and it is very difficult at times so you will be fingerbashing with this one for a while. Overall, Namco Museum for GBA is only worth buying if they drop the retail price to about £14.99. A good package though.