A Brief Tour Of Namco Museum Vol. 4

The Namco Museum series was a retro game collection for the Sony Playstation. The cool thing about Namco Museum was that it wasn’t just a list of emulated roms for you to play. Rather, there was an entire virtual museum with an exhibit for each game included on the disc. Things like artwork, merchandise, music and other miscellany were all on display, in addition to the games themselves. This post is about the fourth volume in the series, which included these games:

  • Ordyne
  • Genpei Toumaden (called The Genji and Heike Clans here)
  • Assault
  • The Return of Ishtar
  • Pac-Land

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This here is some insanely fucking sick artwork from Genpei Toumaden. Specifically, artwork of the main character, Kagekiyo:

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The museum exhibit itself is in the style of a traditional Japanese shrine.
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The game itself doesn’t work, though. Not too big of a loss, since it’s actually pretty terrible.


The Return of Ishtar is the sequel to Tower of Druaga. It’s most notable feature is having to play as two characters at once, using two joysticks. About as much fun as it sounds. And that’s something you’ll start to notice throughout the five volumes of Namco Museum: a lot of the games included are just shit.

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Ordyne is a less cutesy, but still fun as hell, clone of Sega’s Fantasy Zone. The exhibit is the Power-Up Store from the game. Smiles are always free.

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Assault is a top-down shooter with an odd control scheme. Think dual-analog controls back when Playstation controllers didn’t have analog sticks and you had to use the d-pad and the face buttons. Kind of awkward, but it still works.

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Pac-Land is, along with Ordyne, among the better offerings on this disc. It’s exhibit is really cool, since it lets you actually interact with Pac-Man and company. You can also get Pac-Man’s shoes, letting you jump around by pressing the X button.

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