There’s been a lot of interest lately in those great old console games from the '80s. Many companies are trying to make book on the nostalgia by re-releasing those games with new interfaces and updated graphics. This is one such package. Welcome to Chomper (Pac-Man) , Meteor Gunner (Asteroids), Missile Defense (Missile Command), and Super Brick Breaker (Breakout). All done in full 3D -- with little success and much notable failure.
Gameplay, Controls, Interface
Each of the four games in this package is very different in its controls. The greatest disappointment in this pack is in the Meteor Gunner implementation. It only allows keyboard controls (no mouse, no joystick), and it’s almost impossible to control -- really frustrating if you expected to enjoy a bit of nostalgic meteor busting. The best implementation is for Super Brick Breaker with full mouse control. The rest was merely adequate (Chomper works well enough with keyboard-only controls, though a bit stiff, and Missile Defense works fine with combined mouse-keyboard controls).
The graphics are nothing to write home about, but they are full 3D. Though playing Pac-Man in first-person viewpoint is kind of a kick (if almost impossible because you can’t see the ghosts very well), I kept wanting to use my Duke Nukem controls for the little gold ball. The shapes involved in all the games are very basic and barely textured at all, so don’t expect any great eye-candy.
Room for Improvement
It’d be nice to have someone put some serious effort into the current nostalgia craze. This Funpack seemed like a pretty cynical cash-in on the old classics. Redoing old favorites has proven harder than people first assumed, though, so perhaps it’s just as well that a lot of effort wasn’t wasted on this one. Still, better thought and effort should have at least gone into the game controls.
P166, 24 MB RAM, Direct X with 3D accelerator recommended and 60 MB hard drive space.
Almost non-existent, the documentation for this game consists mainly of a description of the controls for the individual games.
This Funpack is a minor diversion at best. You may have your own favorite, but I tended to like Super Brick Breaker best. It's probably the best and easiest implementation, and there is no end to the game, as the skill level really doesn't increase at all.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP