Namco Museum Encore
What's this? Two Namco Museum games in one issue of EGM? Again? Well, as long as Namco keeps cranking out the hits, we'll keep covering 'em. Namco Museum Encore is the final addition to the long-running series of classic arcade ports, and judging by what we've played of it, the series is going out with a bang.
Namco Museum Encore features seven classic Namco arcade games from between 1980 and 1990, as well as the good old Information Desk with the robotic info babe we've all come to know and love. (OK, maybe I'm going a bit overboard there.) The Museum feature that the series is based around is no longer present in Namco Museum Encore, but you can inspect the arcade cabinets and boards for each game, as well as check out a list of every Namco arcade game ever released.
Here are the seven games featured on Encore, followed by brief descriptions of the games: 1) King & Balloon (1980): A shooter similar to Galaxian, except you play a tank shooting down hot-air balloons that are after a king. 2) Motos (1985): The object is to bump your enemies off of varying playfields before they bump you first. Simple, but addictive. 3) SkyKid (1985): The classic comical flight shooter where you carry out mission objectives in your trusty 360-pulling aircraft. 4) Rolling Thunder (1986): What more do we need to say? It's the classic sidescrolling spy action game. 5) Wonder Momo (1987): Strange game where you fight evil on a stage in front of a crowd of cheering fans. 6) Dragon Saber (1990): The sequel to the awesome vertically scrolling shooter, Dragon Spirit (found on Vol. 5). 7) Rompers (1989): A cool puzzler where the object is to knock walls down onto unsuspecting opponents. Let's hope for a U.S. release soon!