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Namco Museum Remix review

You're better off with the memories


  • A few arcade classics
  • Some multiplayer
  • If you're into reeeally into Pac-Man


  • Remixes suck out loud
  • Controls that mostly blow
  • Being betryaed by your own memories

What the hell happened? You'd figure at this point Namco could hurl handfuls of its classic games like BBs at flypaper and ship them in whatever combinations they please to some degree of success. As long as they're cheap, what man-child reared in the 80's wouldn't jump at the chance to play Rally-X and Pac-Man at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, Namco Museum Remix has squandered more than twenty years of nostalgia, while simultaneously spawning some of the worst motion control based minigames we've ever played.

Above: So happy... we don't have the heart to tell him what's happening to his reputation

As far as straight up "classics," here's what they're giving you: Pac & Pal, Galaxian, Cutie-Q, Xevious, Mappy, Super Pac-Man, Gaplus, Dig Dug, Pac-Mania. The fact that Dig Dug and Xevious are the only games that can make it through the tarnish of time isn't even the most depressing thing about the line-up. The controls are the main offender. You can play holding the Remote on its side and in most cases, with the Nunchuk alone. A stick for movement and a button is all you need, and playing with a single hand should feel so damned 21st century, good, just like we've seen in many a depicted future.

Alas no, every control scheme is mushy and flawed, making even your favorite game a chore to play. You can play with a classic controller, but if you care enough to give Namco Museum Remix anything more than passing glance, you probably already own these games and have played them to a traditional death. But as far as awful controls are concerned... you ain't seen nothin' yet.

More Info

GenreOther Games/Compilations
DescriptionEven the shot of classical gas can't cover up the putrid pork fart that is this bundle of atrocious "remixes." It stings the nostrils.
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date23 October 2007 (US), (UK)