Williams Arcade Classics

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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.


Williams Arcade Classics PlayStation Sinistar instructions
Williams Arcade Classics SNES Just one shot... (Robotron)
Williams Arcade Classics SNES There are many enemies to kill. (Robotron)
Williams Arcade Classics SNES Title screen.

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
  • "Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits" -- European Mega Drive title

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User Reviews

Timeless Masterpieces SNES D P (124)
Fun and tight emulator package. DOS Robert Morgan (859)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jul 15, 1999 A 100
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Jun, 1996 7.9 out of 10 79
Video Games PlayStation Sep, 1996 70 out of 100 70
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Jul 07, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Jun, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Windows Dec, 1995 65 out of 100 65
All Game Guide Game.Com 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
NowGamer Dreamcast Jul 28, 2000 4.8 out of 10 48
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1995 25 out of 100 25


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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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