Sega Arcade Classics

a game by Sega
Genre: Platformer
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, GameGear
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review, 3 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.7/10 - 3 votes
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Sega Arcade Classics
Sega Arcade Classics
Sega Arcade Classics
Sega Arcade Classics

What was novel back in the 1970s is mundane in 1996. This collection of ancient video games has nostalgia value, but you probably won't be playing these any more often than you'd listen to an old Partridge Family album.

ProTip: In Super Pong, hit the puck from your outside paddle to your inside paddle to make it build up speed as it approaches your opponent.

The Good Ol'Days?

Arcade Classics unites three historic games: Pong, Centipede, and Missile Command. Each is presented both in its original form and in a new Sega version. But the upgrades aren't much: just some added sound effects or backgrounds. You can make Pong sound like tennis. Big whoop.

You'll be struck by how little there is to do. Each game is a one-button affair, except Pong, which uses no buttons (just Up and Down on the directional pad). The gameplay is mildly fun, especially for two players, but these games won't raise your pulse. You can, however, adjust the challenge to make the games insanely impossible (good luck scoring anything in Ultra Pong).

Games of Yesteryear

The graphics and sounds are true to the originals, which means they're primitive. The Sega versions actually detract from the gameplay in some instances: The distracting backgrounds of Centipede make it harder to see where you're shooting.

These days, any new 16-bit game is welcome. But though it's a humorous reminder of the industry's origins, Arcade Classics is no more than a 4-meg curiosity in high-revving 1996.

For real fun with historic games, pick up a 6-Pak -- Sega's new six-in-one Genesis game, that is. You get six complete games from the early 1990s: Sonic the Hedgehog, Revenge of Shinobi, Super Hang-On, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, and Columns. While the sounds and graphics are primitive compared with the effects in Vectorman, these games are still fun. There's life in the old Genesis yet!

In Pong, keep your paddle still while the puck is behind your goal, or you might accidentally knock the puck in.

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Genesis

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

GameGear

System requirements:

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

Game Reviews

I'm as nostalgic as the next guy, but I can't figure out why this game was made. I realize that, with the release of the Williams Arcade Classics and the Namco Museum, there may be some urgency (albeit misplaced) to pump out some of the old-time classics. But if you're gonna do it, do it right.

Last time checked, the Genesis could handle games of the caliber of EWJ2 and Vectorman; some pretty cool stuff. Why is it then that this cart can't even properly emulate a couple of ancient 8-bit games? OK, they got Pong right, but Missile Command and Centipede just aren't cutting it. And that's only three games (one of which, I'll remind you, is Pong) on the cart. Actually, there are six: three are the newer "Sega" versions, which look just as bad and have even less of a nostalgic feel.That's not exactly a lot of bang for your buck.

If you haven't figured it out yet, let me spell it out: Don't go near this game.

Graphics - 1

Sound/FX - 2

Gameplay - 4

Rating - 3

Retro is the word nowadays. If you want to be in with the In-crowd and have fans of the opposite sex, you have to be able to spin tales of Dig Dug skulduggery, explain your exploits at Galaxian way back in '82, and have a theory about Battlezone being the best game ever made.

Accordingly, the arcade classics of yesteryear are clawing their way out of the grave and setting up shop on the home systems. Namco has a disc for the PSX, Williams does too, and now Sega is about to bless us all with three more on one cart. Arcade Classics has three great games from the Age of Vans tennis shoes--Centipede, Missile Command, and Pong--etched into its precious chips.

Each game is faithful to its arcade pappy, although it's interesting to note that not one of them was played with a joystick in back in the days of Aladdin's Castle! Centipede and Missile Command were track-ball games and Pong was played with a paddle-type device. Each game also has a Genesis version, which means that it has souped-up graphics. Word. It's just too bad that they couldn't fit more games on the cart.

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