Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1
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|Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1|
|Mode(s)||2 players can play simultaneously|
|Arcade system||Namco ND-1|
|Display||Vertical orientation, Raster, 224 x 288|
Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1 (ナムコクラシックコレクション) is a compilation arcade game that was released by Namco in November 1995. It is a collection of three popular Namco arcade games - Galaga (1981), Xevious (1982) and Mappy (1983). In addition to the original games, there are "Arrangement" versions that are essentially sequels to the original games, with updated graphics and sound. Super Xevious (1984) can be selected from the "Xevious" menu.
The gameplay is basically the same as the original Galaga, except that:
- Rounds have been named; one is called the "Asteroid Field", and the background varies (such as asteroid belts, nebulas, etc.).
- When a boss Galagan captures a fighter, a player can shoot and retrieve the fighter while the boss Galagan is still in formation. Also, the game does not stop while the fighter comes back.
- Boss Galagans have been split into three different types: yellow, blue, and red. When releasing captured fighters from bosses, blue rewards the player with Wide Shot (a shot that can hit two enemies at once, the equivalent of the Dual Fighters found in the original), yellow bosses allow the player to fire as fast as he/she wishes; the reddish boss gives reflective shots: three missiles are fired to the left, right, and center. The left and right missiles bounce off the sides of the play area until they come into contact with an enemy or disappear.
- Boss Galagans still use tractor beams even if the player has a special ship; the boss Galagan simply steals one of the ships. Rescuing the ship causes it to turn into the form it was previously in.
- In Challenging Stage, there are more varied formations. Also, the screen tilts, rotates, and zooms in and out, giving an illusion to make it tougher to secure a lock on the Galagans. The Galagans do not really follow along with the tilting.
- There are more varied formations; Galagans come in different ways now, and there may be 2-3 formations before completing a stage.
- A screen (intermission) after completing a stage will pop up, stating destroyed-to-miss ratio and percent of defeated Galagans. When playing in two-player mode, the person with the highest score will have "WIN" written above their stats in neon-blue glowing letters. The person with the lower score will see the word "LOSE" written in glowing neon-red above their stats.
- Shooting rules have been considerably relaxed, with the player able to shoot more rounds faster than in Galaga.
- Simultaneous two-player gameplay is available. The second player's ship has a bluish tint and appears slightly below the first player's ship to avoid confusion. The two ships cannot collide or harm each other.
- Many stages of gameplay, with a final boss at the end of stage named "King Galaspark" (a huge purple and red bug in the "Enemy-Comb Zone", the last zone in the game).
Galaga Arrangement along with 2 Arrangement games from Namco Classic Collection Vol. 2 was included in the North American exclusive Namco Museum for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube (the compilation mentioned is not to be confused with the Namco Museum 50th Anniversary, which had no Arrangement games).
Galaga Arrangement from Namco Classic Collection Vol. 1 is not to be confused with a similarly titled but wholly different game that appeared in Namco Museum Battle Collection for PlayStation Portable, and on Namco Museum Virtual Arcade for Xbox 360.
Xevious Arrangement (created in 1995) was released as part of the Namco Classics Collection Volume 1 game collection (along with the original Xevious and Super Xevious). The arranged version had different music and updated graphics along with different levels. The only port of it was on Xevious 3D/G+.
Xevious Arrangement featured a similar "story" to the original game. The structure of the game was also mostly the same, including remakes of backgrounds from the original.
Mappy Arrangement was the most similar to its original game, though it featured a split-screen display. 2 player is optional, with player two having an orange Mappy instead of the original blue one. The orange one is also wearing black sunglasses. This game was never ported outside of the arcades.
- Namco Classic Collection Vol. 2
- Namco Museum Battle Collection - A compilation for the PSP which includes updated variants of classic games in the same manner (but the updated variants themselves are actually different games). Most of these updated variants are included in Namco Museum Virtual Arcade for the Xbox 360 and were ported to iOS.
- List of Namco retro video game compilations