Remember growing up in the 80s and 90s; you’d head down to the local arcade, pockets lined with quarters, and excitedly wait your turn to play classics like Black Nightmares and Tangled Space?
No? Neither do I. What I do remember is Space Invaders, Galaga, and Asteroids. Turns out, despite being over 30 years old, most of these classic arcade games are still owned by their respective companies. Therefore, putting them all together in a collection requires lots of difficult licensing and things of that nature. Good thing we have the folks at Gamelion Studios! They’ve developed a 10-in-1 arcade collection to help ease our pains of not having a proper arcade collection. Only, now I have a different kind of pain… one that revolves around bizarre knock-offs.
While not inherently bad, 10-in-1: Arcade Collection is less of an arcade collection and more of an assemblage of ten quickly made mini-games. The ones that resemble actual arcade games, like Black Nightmares (Space Invaders), Tangled Space (Asteroids), and Gen Breaker (Breakout) are decent, but they lack the charm and finesse that the games they’re based off had. Overall, the result feels cheap and hollow. The other games included in the collection feature a “runner” game, similar to Bit Trip Runner, a block moving game, a cheap Tetris knockoff, something that “resembles” Missile Command, and another that’s like an awful version of Snake.
I paid a whopping 99 cents for this game, so I don’t feel that cheated. All the games present are certainly playable and work, which is more than I can say for a lot of games released lately. Everything is appealing to look at and the music isn’t that bad, but the overall feeling is akin to a cheap mobile game. It’s like if the makers of Flappy Bird went on to make an arcade collection. It’s not awful, but all it amounts to is another game I can play while I poop.