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 SNES There are many enemies to kill. (Robotron)
Williams Arcade Classics PlayStation Bubbles - Open faucet
Williams Arcade Classics PlayStation Sinistar
Williams Arcade Classics SNES One enemy is dead, his bird runs away (Joust)

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 (862)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation Jun, 1996 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun PlayStation Sep, 1996 72 out of 100 72
Game Players PlayStation Jun, 1996 71 out of 100 71
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Jun, 1996 7 out of 10 70
HappyPuppy Dreamcast Aug 04, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Jul 07, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Power Play DOS Dec, 1995 65 out of 100 65
Sega-16.com Genesis Jan 18, 2007 6 out of 10 60
All Game Guide Game.Com 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec, 1996 50 out of 100 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 (69640), codefrog (390) and Robert Morgan (862)