Virtual Console Roundup • Page 2

Firey Balls of Galaga.

Galaga 90

  • Platform: TurboGrafx16
  • Wii Points: 600
  • In Real Money: GBP 4.50 / EUR 6.00

On the opposite end of the retro scale from sprawling dungeon questing we have this, a pitch perfect dose of frenetic arcade blasting, originally released in 1988 but slyly retitled by the time it reached our shores.

The fourth game in the Galaxian series, it takes pretty much everything you know about Galaga and gives it a smart yet subtle tweaking. You can now combine up to three ships for massive firepower, at the expense of your extra lives. Enemies will combine, or split into smaller versions of themselves. There are a couple of scrolling sections. And there are pathways through the game, accessible by dimensional warping. It's a great example of a classic game given just the right amount of evolution without losing sight of the core appeal.

Obviously, if you're not a fan of this particular style of space invading shoot-em-up than this probably won't be enough to win you over but, as arguably the apex of design within the single screen shooter genre, you can't really go wrong with this one.

8/10

Volleyball

  • Platform: NES
  • Wii Points: 500
  • In Real Money: GBP 3.75 / EUR 5.00

And, um, yeah. Then there's this. The first few weeks of the VC were blighted by these NES sports games, none of which stand up to scrutiny in 2007, so it's a mystery as to why this clunky old duffer has been allowed to slip its chains and gallop onto the service.

balls

As with Tennis, Soccer, Baseball and Ice Hockey it's a basic representation of the sport, marred by unresponsive control and non-existent ball physics. You flap around, trying to get one of your team under the shadow of the fast-approaching ball, but have almost no hope of guessing which way the ball will go once you hit it. The CPU plays a pretty mean game, full of passing, lay-ups and slams over the net so, unless you want to risk your social standing by inviting a friend to take part, there's precious little entertainment to be found here.

In fact, the only enduring plus point in the game's favour is that you can choose an all-female team and be reminded of the days when a volleyball videogame featured breasts that were only three pixels in size. Aah, such innocence…

1/10

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