'Capcom Arcade Cabinet: 1985 Game Pack'
System: Xbox Live Arcade (PSN)
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
Video games have changed quite a bit since the 1980s; this is reinforced by playing the download-only "Capcom Arcade Cabinet" series. One of the recent additions to this series is the "1985 Game Pack" that contains three classic games sure to bring back fond memories.
Newcomers to classic games will be surprised by the extreme difficulty of "Ghosts N' Goblins," "Section Z" and "Gun.Smoke." With no handholding or save spots located every ten feet, these games can be downright maddening! Although they appear to be vastly different, each game tasks players with moving around the screen, attacking enemies and dodging a plethora of projectiles.
My favorite is "Ghosts N' Goblins" because it reminds me of playing the original game for hours on end at the local arcade. Players guide Arthur the knight through deadly surrealistic environments in a desperate attempt to save his girlfriend. Although Arthur begins with a meager spear, players can collect additional weapons, like axes and throwing knives. These weapons provide different attributes that can have a dramatic affect against certain enemies.
Next, we have the futuristic shooter, "Section Z," where players control a spaceman as he navigates a dangerous underground fortress. Multiple enemies shooting projectiles from every direction compound the excitement. Players can use a handy jetpack and a quick 180-degree turn button to gain an advantage, and improved weapons and quick speed boosts can be obtained along the way.
Last on the list is the wild west-themed shooter, "Gun.Smoke." Unlike most vertical shooters, this one lets players blast enemies in front of them and on each side! This feature comes in mighty handy since the sheriff is attacked by desperadoes packing sidearms and dynamite as well as nimble ninjas slinging shurikins! For an extra advantage, make sure to hop on the speedy horse whenever it becomes available.
Since there are no console game emulators, "Capcom Arcade Cabinet: 1985 Game Pack" is your best bet for gaming nostalgia.