2003 Namco Plug N' Play
Posted: May 12th, 2015, 5:04 pm
Ah yes, this plug n' play console was simply a joy back in 2003. I got it for Christmas that year from a buddy (who called it a late 30th birthday gift) who knew I'd love it. The unit itself is GORGEOUS. The artwork lets you know just how special this will be. Now, the joystick on the unit feels nice, but it's only a 4-way joystick (which can cause issues for Bosconian) and has a tad too much travel. The button feels great however. Now, the menu when you start it up looks amazing. It's nice and bright, and the animations when a game is highlighted ROCK. Now, keep in mind, these are NOT emulated versions of the arcade games. No, it's one of 2 things. It's either this is a system on a chip, or all original hardware they made. The games LOOK great. And they play pretty much identical to the arcade games, but the sound is different. Games like Dig-Dug and pacman actually sound better. It sounds more full to me. The graphics essentially the same, they look terrific. Now, when you play the games, the one noticeable flaw kicks in. The joystick has too much travel. In Pac-Man and Rally-X it's especially noticeable. And in Bosconian you'll attribute a lot of cheap deaths to the fact the joystick is only a 4-way joystick. However, IF you get around the joystick having too much travel, the games control pretty good (except Bosconian of course). Another flaw is that high scores are NOT saved, at all. This SUCKS. They're only saved on temporary memory that goes away when the system is turned off (or when you press reset on the unit). The one thing I will compliment is the battery life. You can easily get 12 hours of charge. It's pretty easy to tell you have to change the batteries, as when they get low, screen abnormalities occur. And, the unit is fairly cheap these days. Over all, if you want a fun burst of retro gaming goodness, and don't mind some inferior controls, by all means go for this unit. It plays the games well for the most part, and you can still have fun.