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Williams Arcade Classics

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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.

Screenshots

Williams Arcade Classics DOS This is the start of Bubbles. All games start with an Options bar that allows the player to customise keys and so on
Williams Arcade Classics SNES Ostrich without rider (Joust)
Williams Arcade Classics DOS The scruffy bit of paper on the floor is a list of shortcut keys. The 'Backroom' sign takes the player to the other machines. The black sun brings up the games credits and the 'Exit' sign - exits
Williams Arcade Classics DOS Robotron 2084 has a significant number of action keys

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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User Reviews

Timeless Masterpieces SNES D P (124)
Fun and tight emulator package. DOS Robert Morgan (863)

The Press Says

GamesFirst! Game.Com Oct 02, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The Video Game Critic Game.Com Sep 09, 2014 B 75
Game Players PlayStation Jun, 1996 71 out of 100 71
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Jul 07, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Total! (Germany) SNES Jul, 1997 2.75 out of 6 65
Power Play Windows Dec, 1995 65 out of 100 65
Power Play DOS Dec, 1995 65 out of 100 65
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec, 1996 50 out of 100 50
GamePro (US) Genesis Feb, 1997 2.5 out of 5 50

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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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Contributed to by Corn Popper (69643), codefrog (391) and Robert Morgan (863)