Review by ninten_man

"Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits, The Review"

Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits
Got an itch to play some old school games? Well, Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits(which, from now on, will be addressed as Konami Classics)may be the game that satisfies your need to relive your's and Konami's glorious past. With fifteen games ranging from Contra to Time Pilot, Konami Classics has something for every arcade fan.

Presentation;10/10:Konami went out of their way to satisfy the core arcade fanatics out there. The menus are slick, and very intuitive. There's a plethora of options in the menu, and some are very… cool. For example, in the options menu, there's a button that lets go into this board thing for each game. The board gives you options like turning off the volume, and adjusting the contrast.

Graphics;7/10:Konami kept everything just like the arcade, which gives you an overwhelming idea of nostalgia. The graphics are brilliantly converted to the DS and everything looks like it should. Some things look blockier than they used to. That is not that bad though. I just wished konami could've done like an upgrade for the graphics. So you could chose between the console version and the remix version.

Sound;8/10:The sound is exactly like it was when these games were mad for the original arcades, and it's cool to see that they haven't changed any of the sound. There is still a volume problem though. When the games came to the arcade, they had one speaker for the sound. The DS, however, uses two speakers. So some of these games are way louder than they used to be. For example, when playing Time Pilot, I put the volume at the lowest level, and I still couldn't hear myself think. Everything else is spot-on.

Controls;7/10:The controls can be very easy, however, in games like basketball, controls can get a little confusing. The controls are hard to remember because each game has it's own set of controls. The controls can range from using one face button, to all four face buttons. Another thing is simple fact that they bearly used the touch. It's used for menu navigation, then, during play, it displays arcade controls. More could've been done, but the game is still very accessible for those new to the system and Konami games.

Gameplay;8/10:Games like circus charlie and pooyan are not the memorable, but games like Contra and Time Pilot give me memories of bringing that ten pound bag of quarters to the arcade down the street next to our local 7-11 and playing each game five or six times(there were only 10 games). It's remarkable to see how these games have stood the test of time and are still are a blast to play in a market dominated by blood and gore. Some games are fun, while others have not survived this test of time. Games that were a blast to play then, are tedious and look like crap now. Prime examples of this are Track and Field and Circus Charlie.

Lasting Appeal;9/10:With fifteen games in all, some floaters, some sinkers, you'll be playing for a long time.

Overall;8/10:So many features, a slick presentation, and very entertaining games. The folks at Konami have made quite a stellar collection of arcade games. If you want to relive the good old days, pick this little gem up. If you want to see the glorious past of the Konami arcade games.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 06/15/07

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