Midway Arcade Treasures

a game by Midway
Platforms: XBox, Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 7.5/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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Loaded with two dozen of the greatest video games of all time, game histories, developer interviews and gaming documents, Midway Arcade Treasures is a classic video game amusement park.

The game comes with Spy Hunter, Robotron 2084, Marble Madness, Defender, Defender II, Smash TV, 720(degree), Bubbles, Toobin', Guantlet, Roadblasters, KLAX, Joust, Joust 2, Rampart, Satan's Hollow, Paperboy, Sinister, Root Beer Tapper, Rampage and Super Sprint. And if you can't find at least one game that you were majorly addicted to when it was in the arcade, than perhaps you are too young to fully appreciate the glory of this golden oldies game collection.

The games are all accessed through a rather bizarre interface that looks like a big book tucked away in some ancient archeological dig. Each game is represented by a symbol and when you highlight the symbol a glowing transparent screen of game's introduction sort of floats in the center of the book. Once you pick your game you can choose to play, watch interviews of the people who created the game, flip through some concept art and ads or read some gamer trivia and history. The background on each game is pretty fascinating, especially if you were a fan of the game when it was out in the arcade and adds a lot of value to buying Treasures.

The games themselves are for the most part very accurate ports of the original arcade games ' though some of the games seemed to have different sounds or slightly glitchy graphics. The games are all a blast to play, each an addictive treasure in arcade gaming history.

Unfortunately a big chunk of the games relied on strange controllers when they were in the arcade and the movements don't always translate well on an Xbox controller. For instance the movements in Paperboy, which used a bike handlebar as a controller, are very tricky to perfect, often over steering one way or the other. The same holds true for the handful of games that relied on steering wheels.

One of the really cool features of the Xbox version of this game is that you can go online through Xbox Live to check out the high scores for any of the games or upload your own for bragging rights. It really makes the games that much more fun to play.

Despite a few minor hiccups, Treasures in a well-selected assortment of gaming classics that could easily eat up weeks of your free time and is definitely worth a buy for any arcade gamer buff.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

People say:

8

You're probably expecting a lot of old-man talk about how good gaming used to be in its 2D heydays, how these classics are better than most of the 3D junk you see today, and how kids should appreciate the pure gameplay these time-tested titles have to offer. Well, I ain't here to disappoint, so here goes. This incredible compilation is a dream team of sorts for anyone old enough to remember having to go out to play the best videogames. Gauntlet, Smash TV, Joust, Defender, Root Beer Tapper, Marble Madness, Rampart.... I mean, c'mon--I don't care how much saying this dates me, but these arcade games are sweet! I mean, rad! These games--more old-man talk incoming--aren't about flashy graphics or deep gameplay. They're about hand-eye coordination, lightning-fast reflexes, stamina, and getting into that zone where everything comes together just right, and you walk away with a high score that brings a bigger smile to your face than you'll ever get watching a cinematic ending to a 40-hour role-playing game. If you can relate, brother, then you must buy this disc.

7

Treasures is an affordable trip down memory lane. But it's a well-trodden path.. .and this collection isn't taking the scenic route. The biggest disappointment is that the extra interviews, trivia, and galleries are all repeats from old Midway compilations, complete with grainy PS1-quality video. Then some of the games limit you to just a handful of credits. Why? If I was playing these games in an arcade, I could put as many tokens in as I wanted. I'll still recommend it for the selection of arcade-perfect games, but I was hoping for more.

8

Why must CJ focus on the negatives? Sure, the bonus materials are pretty lame (see Activision Anthology on PS2 for proper extras), but who cares when you have a collection of a couple dozen great old arcade games? Unlike most classic compilations, the bulk of games here are still legitimately fun to play. You get a couple friends on Smash TV or Gauntlet with you, and you'll be hooked for hours. And considering you get all these timeless games for a mere 20 bucks, there's no reason not to buy it.

Loaded with two dozen of the greatest video games of all time, game histories, developer interviews and gaming documents, Midway Arcade Treasures is a classic video game amusement park.
The game comes with Spy Hunter, Robotron 2084, Marble Madness, Defender, Defender II, Smash TV, 720(degree), Bubbles, Toobin', Guantlet, Roadblasters, KLAX, Joust, Joust 2, Rampart, Satan's Hollow, Paperboy, Sinister, Root Beer Tapper, Rampage and Super Sprint.

And if you can't find at least one game that you were majorly addicted to when it was in the arcade, then perhaps you are too young to fully appreciate the glory of this golden oldies game collection. The games are all accessed through a rather bizarre interface that looks like a big book tucked away in some ancient archeological dig.

Each game is represented by a symbol and when you highlight the symbol a glowing transparent screen of game's introduction sort of floats in the center of the book. Once you pick your game you can choose to play, watch interviews of the people who created the game, flip through some concept art and ads or read some gamer trivia and history. The background on each game is pretty fascinating, especially if you were a fan of the game when it was out in the arcade and adds a lot of value to buying Treasures.

The games themselves are for the most part very accurate ports of the original arcade games ' though some of the games seemed to have different sounds or slightly glitchy graphics. The games are all a blast to play, each an addictive treasure in arcade gaming history.

Unfortunately a big chunk of the games relied on strange controllers when they were in the arcade and the movements don't always translate well on a PS2 controller. For instance the movements in Paperboy, which used a bike handlebar as a controller, are very tricky to perfect, often over steering one way or the other. The same holds true for the handful of games that relied on steering wheels.

Despite a few minor hiccups, Treasures is a well-selected assortment of gaming classics that could easily eat up weeks of your free time and is definitely worth a buy for any arcade gamer buff.

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