Pac-Man is one of gaming’s greatest and most enduring icons, so it only makes sense that Pac-Man+ Museum was created to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It’s available on the Game Pass and offers players some of Pac’s most underrated and greatest releases.
It’s not the only modern collection of classic games, as many have emulated the classic arcade experience of never knowing what you’ll find. These collections do a good job of blending both famous classics and unknown hidden gems, just like Pac-Museum done, providing a nostalgic yet fresh experience.
Atari Flashback Classics (2018)
Atari Flashback Classics has the most games in a single collection at 150. Part of that is because many Atari titles are small and simple. Either way, there are plenty of hidden gems from the early days of the game in this massive set.
The collection includes arcade games as well as the 2600 and 5200 consoles. Some titles like pong include both arcade and console versions. It also adds online multiplayer and leaderboards. Classics like Adventure and To burst can be played here alongside lesser known titles like Steeplechase and the real sports series.
Invincible Space Invaders Collection (2021)
One of the few series that has been around longer than Pac man is space invaders. The game is one of the best arcade titles of all time and has codified tons of gameplay tropes. The series hasn’t evolved as much as others, but it has released tons of addictive sequels that can be played in the Invincible collection.
The game features 11 different titles, including monochrome and colored versions of the original. Later. more obscure entries like Arkanoid vs Space Invadersa weird cross with To burst, are also included. The Japanese collection contained the ultra-obscure version of Genesis which was unfortunately excluded from the English version.
Double Dragon & Kunio-Kun Retro Brawler Pack (2019)
Dual Dragon and River City Ransom (also known as Kunio-Kun) are two of the oldest iconic arcade series. Both beat-em-ups are known for their style and the very sleek WayForward and ArcSystem Works work on both these days. kunio is an icon of Japanese arcades and Dual Dragon is an icon of the Americans, so it is normal that they are paired.
They share a creator and an appearance in each other’s games, so these counterparts almost feel like one series. The game includes the original NES Dual Dragon the trilogy and the NES River City Ransom games, even non-localized ones. This brings the collection to a total of 18 excellent retro brawlers to satisfy fans until River City Girls 2.
Contra Anniversary Collection (2019)
Although most people are familiar with the NES game, Contra started in arcades. Its sequel, Super C, was also first released there despite the “Super” suggesting Super Nintendo. The series was launched to celebrate Konami’s 50th anniversary and fits well among other arcade collections better than other Konami series like Castlevania do.
Run and gun action harkens back to the days of coin-operated operation with ten classic games. Not only does it include the arcade original and its sequels, but also their NES, Game Boy, and Genesis ports. Finally, the European re-tool of the series, Probotector, is also included in a complete classic package. It’s a much better indication of the franchise than the Switch. Cons: Hard Corps.
Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection
The third of Konami’s 50th anniversary collections and one of the best games of its kind is their Arcade Classics Collection. Unlike the other two which stick to one series, this game jumps into franchises. Accordingly, it covers the ground of the above Castlevania to some of their more obscure hits. It might be one of the best ways to play twin bee Nowadays.
Most of the games in the collection are shoot-em-ups and six of them are related to the Gradius series, although other franchises appear. The collection’s infinite replayability and save features make it a much less stressful way to play these iconic space shooters. The finishing touch of the multiple display modes and border types is the icing on the cake.
SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (2018)
Iconic company SNK is best known for its fighting games, especially in North America, but it has been releasing games for decades in many regions and with a wide variety. SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is a great place for SNK newcomers to experience something new. The compilation includes twenty-four games that prove why the Neo-Geo was so sought after.
The game is a great place to see the origin of the characters that appear in the king of fighters series. The Ikari Warriors and TNK games debuted Ralf and Clark and Athena and her band first appeared in Psycho soldier. This game actually had one of the first vocal tracks in the game, which is a fun surprise among the many hidden surprises to be discovered here.
Capcom Beat-Em-Up Bundle (2018)
Capcom is past its arcade heyday. Their success with solo content is undeniable, but they still pay homage to their roots. Their beat-em-up roots are frequently referenced in games like street fighter and the devil may cry and new players can experience these classics for themselves with the Capcom Beat-Em-Up Bundle.
It includes seven games with online multiplayer included and has well-known titles like final fight matched with obscure versions like battle circuit. While some fans lament the lack of licensed titles like Dungeons and Dragons, there are sci-fi and fantasy themed games to satisfy the itch. Finally, all of these games also received new in-game graphics by veteran Capcom illustrations.
NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES Vol 2 (2020)
Sure, Pac man wasn’t the only instant classic created by Namco at the time. The NAMCO MUSEUM ARCHIVES is an ideal place to relive the historic past of the company. Volume 1 includes a unique demake of Pac-Man Championship Edition, in a classic style. If players can only get one, however, they should rush for the second, higher revised volume.
2nd volumeThe appeal of was its more obscure and unlocalized games, with many obscure arcade sequels like Dig-Dig II finally receiving the consumer version. What many people do not know is the famous space shooter Galaga (also included) is also a suite. Its sequel, Gaplusalso has new version like Pac man in the previous volume.
Genesis Classics Collection (2018)
While not strictly arcade-based, it would be a shame to exclude the Genesis Classic Collection. It’s one of the best collections available on modern platforms and features some of the most awesome classic SEGA Genesis games. These games were released in PC volumes (where they can be purchased separately), but the console version features a much larger library, with the total number of games being over thirty.
This compilation contains obscure games and classic SEGA mainstays, including streets of anger. sonic the hedgehog is included, although its sequels have been removed from the PC store due to the upcoming Sound origins. There’s a reason to get them on PC though, as those builds support fan mods. Either way, the collection offers a great way to play tons of classic SEGA games in high-quality fidelity.
Capcom Arcade Stadium (2021)
As mentioned earlier, Capcom has one of the best arcade lines of any developer still in business today and still refers to it frequently. They managed to create a rather unique way of accessing their classic catalog in the Capcom arcade stadium. A little like Pac-Man+ Museumthe game takes on the facade of an arcade to offer its games although these games can also be purchased individually for cheap or in larger bundles.
Although initially criticized, the next 2nd stage and its new games have brought skeptics to its side. The original has 32 playable games with the sequel slated to double that amount. Moreover, the emulator allows rewind gameplay, challenging settings, variable speed and lots of display options. When it comes to living the glory of the bygone past, Capcom arcade stadium is the definitive package.
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