- System: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Konami
- Developer: Konami
- Release Date: April 18, 2019
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Mixed
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: https://www.konami.com/games/50th/ac/arcade/us/en/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics contains 8 games ranging from the 80s to the 90s. The titles included are Haunted Castle, Typhoon, Nemesis (Gradius) Vulcan Venture (Gradius 2), Life Force, Thunder Cross, Scramble and TwinBee. We won’t dive into each game—as that would take us way too long—but we will say this, these games play just as we remember them! Nemesis and Life Force steal the show in the shoot ‘em up genre with some truly amazing side scrolling awesomeness. Thunder Cross and Typhoon are also solid games with challenging gameplay that will eat your virtual quarters in seconds. Speaking of hard games though, we do need to talk about one of the legendary hard titles, Haunted Castle.
Haunted Castle—aka Castlevania for the arcade—retains its insane difficulty by being one of the hardest Castlevania games ever. We died so many times in the beginning stage that we began to lose count; it’s that hard. Now you might find it strange we talked about Haunted Castle by itself over the other seven titles. The reason for that is simple. It’s the only non-shoot ‘em up on the Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics. That is where our first major gripe begins.
Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics has a collection of great titles but with only Haunted Castle being different than the rest we are left wondering why? Life Force and Nemesis might be amazing titles themselves but when you go from one to another you realize you’re not really playing different games. That’s the major issue with Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics…to many of the same genre in one collection. If this was an all shoot ‘em up collection with the specifics being that genre, we’d be more forgiving but when you dub this an anniversary collection celebrating 50 years, why are there only two genres available to play?
Our other big issue with Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics is the boring and bland set up. When Capcom and Atari did collections, they did some amazing things by having colorful menus. Even Sega had their most recent anthology with a cool theme that had the games lined up in a room like a real gamer would do with their classics. Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics is just plain in its choice selection and adds no flair or cool themes. You can alter the background and alter the screen resolutions for more authentic experiences, but it feels so shallow for a celebration like this one.
Though we don’t want to end our review on negative notes. The best element to Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics is the ability to save mid game and a cool anniversary book included in game. Mid saving might seem like a simple element to any collection nowadays, but it’s a necessity in older titles—especially Haunted Castle—as it allows for more freedom to pause games and do daily activities. Plus, all of the games themselves look pretty sharp with clear updates to visuals and sounds that don’t retract from the original games but improves on them.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Plenty of shoot ‘em ups for old school Konami fans to enjoy
- Life Force and Haunted Castle steal the show as some of the best of the bunch
- Mid-saves are always appreciated in classic titles
- Nemesis (aka Gradius) reminds us how great that series would eventually become
- Way too many shoot ‘em ups for a collection like this
- High price tag for 8 really old games
- Could have included other titles
- Very boring and weak menu