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Williams Arcade Classics (DOS)

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Description

Williams Arcade Classics is a compilation that includes the following games: The PC, PlayStation, and Dreamcast versions also contain Bubbles. The PC and Playstation versions contain FMV supplements, including interviews with the original programmers.

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Williams Arcade Classics DOS This is a shot from the first wave of Joust
Williams Arcade Classics DOS A game of Robotron 2084 in progress
Williams Arcade Classics DOS Defender II looks pretty much as I remember it
Williams Arcade Classics DOS These are the machines in the back room

Alternate Titles

  • "Williams Digital Arcade" -- European title
  • "Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits" -- PSX/Genesis/Saturn/SNES title
  • "Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits 1" -- Dreamcast title

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Fun and tight emulator package. Robert Morgan (862) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1995 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Dec, 1995 65 out of 100 65
PC Joker Dec, 1995 25 out of 100 25

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Trivia

Defender II is better known as Stargate- after the arcade release, Williams determined that the game's name infringed on an existing trademark (apparently for a board game), and the name was changed.

Despite Williams' assertions, though, the game's name was not changed immediately after the arcade release. The disc reveals that Williams programmers had to go to Atari to reprogram the title screen for the already-finished 2600 version... the problem is, the game was in release *as Stargate* for the 2600 later in the year- the Defender II variant didn't show up in stores until 1988. Unless the 2600 game was programmed and released at the same time as the arcade game, Williams' timeline is faulty.

(After the release of the movie Stargate a few years ago, several related home video and board games were released, without trademark conflict.)

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Robert Morgan (862) added Williams Arcade Classics (DOS) on Jun 01, 2000
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