SANTA CLARA, Calif., (August 30, 2005) â€“ Global video games publisher Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that "Namco Museum(TM) 50th Anniversary" is now available in stores. Fans of 1980â€™s classic gaming as well as the new generation of gamers will all find something to love in this 14-game virtual arcade. Now available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance, the PC version ships in September. Namco has released the game in celebration of its 50th Anniversary and has included, for the first time, a soundtrack with some of the greatest 1980â€™s hits, including â€œCome On Eileenâ€ from Dexyâ€™s Midnight Runners.
â€œ2005 is a year of celebrations for Namco, with the companyâ€™s 50th anniversary and the 25th birthday of the first video game icon, Pac-Man,â€ said Jeff
Lujan, business director at Namco Hometek Inc. â€œTo commemorate these wonderful milestones, we have prepared the ultimate collection of 14 classic arcade games with 'Namco Museum 50th Anniversary,' and have also included a fantastic soundtrack with music from the 1980â€™s to help everyone relive the glory days of arcade fun.â€
In "Namco Museum 50th Anniversary," players explore a virtual arcade hall where each of the gameâ€™s classic titles stands in its original arcade form with
no quarters required!
Developed by Digital Eclipse, the classic arcade game may be played by one or two players, and is rated â€œE10+.â€
The Arcade Collection Includes:
Originally released in 1980 â€“ In this, the most popular arcade game of all time, navigate the yellow fellow through the original Pac-Man maze, avoid ghosts while chomping pellets and fruit, and use power pellets to turn the ghosts blue and get some payback!
Originally released in 1982 â€“ Starring Pac-Manâ€™s female counterpart; explore, collect, and chomp your way through four different mazes and eat new fruits.
Originally released in 1981 â€“ Pilot a space ship, fend off frantic swarms of bee-like aliens, try your luck with â€œChallenging Stages,â€ and find the best
way to deal with enemiesâ€™ powerful tractor beams.
Originally released in 1979 â€“ In this precursor to Galaga, destroy flying aliens as they move in from formation to attack you.
Originally released in 1982 â€“ Equipped with only a shovel and a pump, tunnel your way underground and use the pump to blow up attacking enemies.
Originally released in 1982 â€“ A milestone in racing games, drive fast to beat the timer while avoiding cars and explosion hazards.
"Pole Position II"
Originally released in 1983 â€“ Sequel to "Pole Position," explore four new race tracks â€“ Fuji, Test, Suzuka, and Seaside.
Originally released in 1986 â€“ Play as a secret agent â€œAlbatrossâ€ in this horizontal scrolling shooter, rescue female agent Lelia Blitz and defeat the
criminal organization Geldra.
Originally released in 1980 â€“ Drive around a maze while avoiding chasing cars, lay smoke screens, and collecting flags.
Originally released in 1981 - Pilot a space ship, survive enemy fighters and destroy enemy space stations, while avoiding asteroids and other obstacles.
Originally released in 1987 â€“ Control a powerful dragon through the air, harness spells, drop bombs and breath fire at enemies.
Originally released in 1985 â€“ Controlling a bi-plane, avoid enemy planes using evasive loops, drop bombs, and machine gun down other planes.
Originally released in 1982 â€“ Use a heavily armed fighter plane to destroy enemies and targets in the air and on the ground.
Originally released in 1983 â€“ Control Mappy, a police mouse. Bounce on trampolines and open and close doors to dodge chasing cats, all in an attempt to collect valuable items from a catâ€™s house.
Note: The Game Boy Advance version of "Namco Museum(TM) 50th Anniversary" includes "Pac-Man," "Ms. Pac-Man," "Galaga," "Dig Dug" and "Rally X."
The classic 80â€™s soundtrack on the compilation includes:
Â· â€œCome On Eileenâ€ by Dexyâ€™s Midnight Runners
Â· â€œWorking for the Weekendâ€ by Loverboy
Â· â€œShe Drives Me Crazyâ€ by Fine Young Cannibals
Â· â€œTalking In Your Sleepâ€ by The Romantics
Â· â€œJoystickâ€ by Dazz Band
About Namco Hometek Inc.
Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco Limited, a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Based in Santa Clara, CA, Namco Hometek Inc. is an award-winning video games publisher for next generation game consoles. Namco has created some of the industry's greatest video game franchises: "Tekken(R)," "SOULCALIBUR(R)," "Dead to Rights(R)," "Pac-Man World(TM)," "Ridge Racer(R)," "Time Crisis(R)" and "ACECOMBAT(TM)." For more information about Namco and its products log onto www.namco.com.
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