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Information Page: Arcade Classics
Game TitlePublisherProducerCD-i ConversionDateGenreRequirementsCD-i Emulator Compatibility
Arcade ClassicsPhilips MediaNamco LtdPhilips ADS (Advanced Development and Support)1996Arcade-Silent support (title plays without some sound/music)

Game Cover
Catalogue Numbers:
8100329 (European)
Box Art:
European Front Cover
European Back Cover
European Picture CD
Movie Clip:
1996 Dutch Sampler Promotion
Relevant Articles & Interviews:
Interview with Johnny Wood
Game Facts: Conversions of three Namco classics including Galaxian, Ms Pac-man and Galaga. NAMCO took special interest in this project even though they weren't directly involved with the development of the CD-i version, the quality of the Intellectual Property had to be maintained. This went as far as the packaging itself which is detailed in the below Suggestive Themes boxout. Philips ADS were given a Pac-man arcade board with the chipset for Ms Pac-man to wire up so they had everything to do a decent conversion. It wasn't a straight port however, the entire game was upgraded to a 256 colour palette and also extra levels were added courtesy of Johnny Wood and authorised by NAMCO.
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From the Disc

Most CD-i Games have "Abstract", "Bibliographic" and "Copyright" details on the softwares disc itself, any interesting information in these files can be found below.

Abstract: Namco compilation, consisting of three games. Galaxian, Galaga and Ms Pacman.

Bibliographic: People involved in title.

    Jonny Wood
    Tom Drummond
    Jason Watson
    Chris Thorne
    Dave McElhatten

Copyright: Copyright Philips Media Games, (c) 1996

First Edition CoverSecond Edition Cover

Suggestive Themes: The original artwork for the jewel case covers of Arcade Classics was far more raunchy and risque than NAMCO wished for it's highly protected Intellectual Properties. Produced by Johnny Wood who worked on the art for a host of other games including Pac-Panic and Atlantis - The Last Resort, his design for the Arcade Classics cover featured Ms Pac-man in leather boots holding a power pellet suggestively while the ghosts cower around the corners (Pictured to the left). NAMCO voiced concern over this inital cover which was immediately reissued in a family friendly version (Pictured to the right) stripping Ms Pac-man of the previous sexy imagery, wiping away the lipstick adding a pair of wellington boots and cute eyelashs with non-suggestive themes and NAMCO were happy!

Galaxian Screenshots:

Galaxian Title Screen Galaxian Menu Screen Galaxian Screen 1 Galaxian Screen 2 Galaxian Screen 3 Galaxian Screen 4

Ms Pac-man Screenshots:

Ms Pac-man Title Screen Ms Pac-man Menu Screen Ms Pac-man Menu Screen Ms Pac-man Screen 1 Ms Pac-man Screen 2 Ms Pac-man Screen 3

CD-i Emulator Compatibility: This section covers crucial details concerning performance of this specific game under emulation through CD-i Emulator. It will state the CD-i Player Rom used during the test, what version of CD-i Emulator was used, which program the Disc Image was created from, specifications of the test PC and also provide screenshots of the emulator in action. Also included is an account of the test and most importantly if the game is playable through CD-i Emulator. Rather than an exhaustive list of tests with various ROMS and different PC rigs it's hoped that this section gives some insight into the progress of CD-i Emulator. For the most recent updates to CD-i Emulator and compatibility it's suggested you visit the CD-i Emulator Homepage.

    CD-i Player ROM: CD-i 350
    CD-i Emulator Version: 0.5.2
    CD-i Disc Image created using: Golden Hawk Technology CDRWIN 4.0A

    Operating System: Windows XP Professional
    Processor (CPU): 3.2GHZ Intel Pentium 4 HT
    Memory: 2GIG
    Graphics Card: 256MB ATI 9800XT
    Graphics Depth: 32BIT
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster Platinum Audigy 2 ZS

Details of Tests: The Philips Media bumper rolls up as expected, apart from a minor clicking artifact from the audio the music plays just fine. Title screens are displayed correctly and both Galaxian/Ms Pacman are perectly playable. Having said that both experience audio problems where the sound simply cuts out altogether and sometimes resumes later in the game. Although the Galaga title screen can be viewed the emulator hangs after this point and you can't even access the Galaga menu. The screen just turns black.

Philips Media Screen Namco Screen Title Screen Main Menu Screen Ms Pac-man Gameplay Screen Galaga Title Screen

Credits: The games converted by Philips ADS were always colourful even to the extent of showing some great character right until the ending credits. Here on display are the complete credits from Arcade Classics, some points of interest includes the Pac-Panic promotion which was awarded by the ICDIA in 1995 and also mention of N.I.R.Dô otherwise known as Non Intrusive Real-Time Debugger. Paul Clarke the developer of N.I.R.Dô had more than a little to do with the development of the engine used for Atlantis - The Last Resort and its precursor Ram Raid. Some early press release material attributed the Atlantis project to some powerful debugging software which we can only assume was in fact referring to N.I.R.Dô.

Pac-Panic Promotion Credits 1 Credits 2 Galaxian, Credits 3 Galaga, Credits 4 Ms. PAC-MAN, Credits 5 Credits 6 Credits 7 Credits 8 Credits 9 N.I.R.Dô, Credits 10 Credits 11 Credits 12 Credits 13 Galaxian, Galaga, Ms. PAC-MAN Copyright Arcade Classics Copyright 1 Arcade Classics Copyright 2

Release Information & The Rumour Mill

European Release: This game was distributed in a regular CD jewel case with a golden CD-i impression on the top left front of the spine.

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