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'Namco Museum 50th Anniversary' (ALL) Now in Stores

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2005 @ 11:36 a.m. PDT

Namco announced today that Namco Museum 50th Anniversary is now available in stores. Fans of 1980's classic gaming as well as the new generation of gamers will all find something to love in this 14-game virtual arcade. Now available for the PS,, Xbox, Gamecube and GBA, the PC version ships in September.

"2005 is a year of celebrations for Namco, with the company's 50th anniversary and the 25th birthday of the first video game icon, Pac-Man," said Jeff Lujan, business director at Namco Hometek Inc. "To commemorate these wonderful milestones, we have prepared the ultimate collection of 14 classic arcade games with 'Namco Museum 50th Anniversary,' and have also included a fantastic soundtrack with music from the 1980's to help everyone relive the glory days of arcade fun."

In "Namco Museum 50th Anniversary," players explore a virtual arcade hall where each of the game's classic titles stands in its original arcade form with no quarters required!

Developed by Digital Eclipse, the classic arcade game may be played by one or two players, and is rated "E10+."

The Arcade Collection Includes:

  • "Pac-Man" Originally released in 1980 ^Ö In this, the most popular arcade game of all time, navigate the yellow fellow through the original Pac-Man maze, avoid ghosts while chomping pellets and fruit, and use power pellets to turn the ghosts blue and get some payback!
  • "Ms. Pac-Man" Originally released in 1982 ^Ö Starring Pac-Man's female counterpart; explore, collect, and chomp your way through four different mazes and eat new fruits.
  • "Galaga" Originally released in 1981 ^Ö Pilot a space ship, fend off frantic swarms of bee-like aliens, try your luck with "Challenging Stages," and find the best way to deal with enemies' powerful tractor beams.
  • "Galaxian" Originally released in 1979 ^Ö In this precursor to Galaga, destroy flying aliens as they move in from formation to attack you.
  • "Dig Dug" Originally released in 1982 ^Ö Equipped with only a shovel and a pump, tunnel your way underground and use the pump to blow up attacking enemies.
  • "Pole Position" Originally released in 1982 ^Ö A milestone in racing games, drive fast to beat the timer while avoiding cars and explosion hazards.
  • "Pole Position II" Originally released in 1983 ^Ö Sequel to "Pole Position," explore four new race tracks ^Ö Fuji, Test, Suzuka, and Seaside.
  • "Rolling Thunder" Originally released in 1986 ^Ö Play as a secret agent "Albatross" in this horizontal scrolling shooter, rescue female agent Lelia Blitz and defeat the criminal organization Geldra.
  • "Rally X" Originally released in 1980 ^Ö Drive around a maze while avoiding chasing cars, lay smoke screens, and collecting flags.
  • "Bosconian" Originally released in 1981 - Pilot a space ship, survive enemy fighters and destroy enemy space stations, while avoiding asteroids and other obstacles.
  • "Dragon Spirit" Originally released in 1987 ^Ö Control a powerful dragon through the air, harness spells, drop bombs and breath fire at enemies.
  • "Sky Kid" Originally released in 1985 ^Ö Controlling a bi-plane, avoid enemy planes using evasive loops, drop bombs, and machine gun down other planes.
  • "Xevious" Originally released in 1982 ^Ö Use a heavily armed fighter plane to destroy enemies and targets in the air and on the ground.
  • "Mappy" Originally released in 1983 ^Ö Control Mappy, a police mouse. Bounce on trampolines and open and close doors to dodge chasing cats, all in an attempt to collect valuable items from a cat's house.

Note: The Game Boy Advance version of "Namco Museum(TM) 50th Anniversary" includes "Pac-Man," "Ms. Pac-Man," "Galaga," "Dig Dug"
and "Rally X."

The classic 80's soundtrack on the compilation includes:

  • "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • "Working for the Weekend" by Loverboy
  • "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals
  • " Talking In Your Sleep" by The Romantics
  • "Joystick" by Dazz Band

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