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Microsoft Arcade is a series of classic arcade game compilations.

Microsoft Arcade
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Return of Arcade Anniversary Edition box art
Genre(s)Arcade game
Publisher(s)Microsoft
Atari
Namco

Microsoft ArcadeEdit

The first compilation was released in 1993 on a single 1.44MB floppy for both Microsoft Windows 3.1 and the Apple Macintosh. It contained versions of the following arcade games by Atari:

Although the games were very similar to the original games in both appearance and gameplay, they were newly written versions, not ports of the original arcade game code. Each game allowed certain customizations not available in the original arcade game, i.e. the number of lives and bonus levels. The Microsoft Help files included with the games contained history of the development of the original arcade versions of the games.

Microsoft Return of ArcadeEdit

Two follow up versions were released, including the arcade games from Bandai Namco. The first was Microsoft Return of Arcade, released in April 1996.[1] This compilation contains:

In 2000, to celebrate Pac-Man's 20th anniversary, Microsoft re-released Return of Arcade and added Ms. Pac-Man (as presented in Revenge of Arcade) to the roster of games. None of the other games from Revenge of Arcade were included. This updated package was called Microsoft Return of Arcade: Anniversary Edition.

Microsoft Revenge of ArcadeEdit

The second follow-up, released in 1998, was called Microsoft Revenge of Arcade and contained:

Officially, both of these follow-ups required Windows 95 or later, though the demo for Return of Arcade is a 16-bit program that requires only WinG to run in Windows 3.1.[2] This game will not work on 64-bit versions of Windows.

ReceptionEdit

Computer Gaming World in 1993 stated that Microsoft Arcade's adaptation of the five games was "nearly flawless". It favorably cited the many hints and strategies included in WinHelp files for the games, and the boss key. The magazine liked Battlezone the most out of the five games in Microsoft Arcade, but stated that "it's been done better since" by games like Spectre. Despite finding that the games were "made obsolete by technology", it predicted that Arcade would be very successful because of nostalgia, and wished that Microsoft would have updated the games with modern graphics and gameplay.[3] Microsoft Arcade was named the best computer arcade game of 1993 by Computer Games Strategy Plus.[4]

In the United States, Return of Arcade debuted in position 16 on PC Data's computer game sales rankings for April 1996. It rose to 10th place the following month,[5] and continued to chart in the top 10 through August, peaking at #5.[6][7][8] The game's streak in the top 20 held through November,[9][10][11] but ended with a fall from the charts in December.[12] According to PC Data, Return of Arcade was the eighth-best-selling computer game in the United States for 1996 overall,[13] after claiming 16th in the rankings for the first half of the year.[14] PC Data reported the game's sales at 335,176 units that year, which earned revenues of $9.5 million.[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GameSpot: Microsoft Return of Arcade at a Glance". GameSpot. Archived from the original on February 5, 1997. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ https://www.classicdosgames.com/game/Microsoft_Return_of_Arcade.html
  3. ^ Harris, Neil (December 1993). "They Came from The Ancient Past". Computer Gaming World. pp. 180, 182. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ Bauman, Steve (November 2000). "A Decade of Gaming; Award Winners of 1993". Computer Games Magazine (120): 58.
  5. ^ GamerX (July 9, 1996). "May's top 20 games". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on February 5, 1997. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ GamerX (August 8, 1996). "June's top 30 games". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on February 5, 1997. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ GamerX (August 23, 1996). "July's top 30 games". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on February 5, 1997. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ GamerX (September 27, 1996). "August's top 30 games". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on February 5, 1997. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ GamerX (October 29, 1996). "September's top 30 games". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on February 5, 1997. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ GamerX (November 27, 1996). "October's top 30 games". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on February 5, 1997. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ GamerX (January 10, 1997). "November's 30 best-sellers". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on February 5, 1997. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ GamerX (February 3, 1997). "December's 30 best-sellers". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on July 18, 1997. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ Staff (February 26, 1997). "1996 PC Best Sellers". Next Generation. Archived from the original on June 6, 1997. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ Yoshitake, Dawn (September 14, 1996). "A whole new ball game". News.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 1997. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ Miller, Greg (March 3, 1997). "Myst Opportunities: Game Makers Narrow Their Focus to Search for the Next Blockbuster". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 18, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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