10-in-1 Arcade Collection Review (Nintendo 3DS eShop)
10-in-1 Arcade Collection Review
I need to admit something: I’m a sucker for video game compilations. Whether that compilation consists of newer video games (Metroid Prime Trilogy) or of classic games (Mega Man Anniversary Collection), I just can’t resist the value of owning multiple games for a decent price. Therefore, I was instantly interested when I discovered 10-in-1 Arcade Collection from Gamelion Studios.
10-in-1 Arcade Collection is a video game compilation which includes 10 games based on classic arcade games. At first glance, updating classic arcade games with fancier visuals and new ideas might seem like a great idea, but sometimes the classics shouldn’t be touched.
The most attractive thing about 10-in-1 Arcade Collection is that you get 10 games for $3.09. However, not every game in this collection is of equal quality. Games range from poor to good, but the package as a whole feels uneven.
One thing I noticed about the games from 10-in-1 Arcade Collection is that they all consist of 20 levels and are extremely easy to control. Some games will continue after level 20, though you will begin at the first level, even though the game recognizes it as level 21. As for the controls, you’ll only ever need to use one or two buttons in conjunction with the D-Pad/Slide Pad, making it easy to pick up and play.
The first standout game is Black Nightmares, which is obviously influenced by Space Invaders. In Black Nightmares, you play as a character attacked by waves of nightmare armies. You have the ability to shoot energy balls, and if the action gets too hectic, you can hide behind barriers and let them absorb the enemies’ attacks. Useful power-ups may also fall after you destroy an enemy, often giving you an enormous advantage.
Another standout game from this compilation is called Tangled Space, a game that is nearly identical to Asteroids. Like Asteroids, the screen wraps around vertically and horizontally, and you must shoot and destroy asteroids. Like Black Nightmares, Tangled Space also gives you access to power-ups, one of which makes you immune to damage.
Without going into too much detail, here are some details on other 10-in-1 Arcade Collection games that I enjoyed.
Gem Breaker – a challenging brick breaking game inspired by retro classics like Breakout – is a neat, albeit short, brick breaking game.
Puzzle fans will be happy to learn that there are two decent games for them in this compilation. First up is Ghost Cage, a game that draws inspiration from Tetris, Columns, and Dr. Mario. Ghost Cage is quite challenging right from the beginning, but because of its accessible and addictive nature, it will likely appeal to a large number of people. Box Logic is the other puzzle game that I enjoyed. The objective in Box Logic is to push boxes around until you slide them into their designated slots.
Lastly, I also enjoyed a game called Perfect Landing. The goal in Perfect Landing is to safely guide a spaceship to the landing pad whilst avoiding enemies.
The last four games are noticeably lower in quality including two that are downright poor. The most palatable of the four is Special Delivery, a generic runner-type game that is interesting enough to complete at least once. Ninja Monkey, while it starts out OK, it becomes unbearable as soon as the third level. In Ninja Monkey, you play as a Monkey that must throw shurikens at demons flying through the sky. These demons quickly become difficult to defeat and overwhelm you with enemies quickly.
Then there is Saucer Room, perhaps one of the most boring games I’ve ever played. Your goal is to control a snake-like chain of flying saucers to collect items to disable a force field. The control is horrendous and the game feels like it’s running in slow motion. Finally, the last game is Devil Maze, a game that looks like it was made by a novice student of a video game development program. The goal of this game is to collect every star on the board without running into the devils.
10-in-1 Arcade Collection has a nice overall presentation that consists of clean visuals and colorful, retro-inspired graphics. However, there are games that could use some work, including the Saucer Room and Devil Maze games. Also, 10-in-1 Arcade Collection does sport some fine looking 3D effects, which is an especially nice touch for the better games in the packages. I’ve had some good to say about the games, but I wasn’t fond of the game’s generic soundtrack. It’s hard for me to explain, but it has a sound that I’ve found off-putting since the NES era.
Void of real feelings of nostalgia, 10-in-1 Arcade Collection doesn’t quite measure up to the games it takes inspiration from. There are a few good games here, but don’t expect to find masterpiece material amongst the compilation. It’s low price of $3.09 somewhat lessens the sense of buyer’s regret, but I can’t wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone.
5/10 – Average
Purchased on the Nintendo eShop