The early years of the gaming industry were filled with some of the most fondly remembered developers. Alongside teams such as Namco, Konami, Nintendo and SEGA were a studio named SNK, who have released some of the best arcade titles, as well as their Neo Geo platform which spawned many successful consoles and arcade frameworks. Released earlier this year, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection brings together twenty-five of the developer’s arcade back catalogue. All that remains is to be asked is if this trip down memory lane is a pleasant journey, or if it is filled with pixelated hinderances that deserve to be forgotten.
Ranging from 1979 to 1990, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection contains twenty-five games from SNK’s extensive back catalogue. From the Space Invader style antics of Ozma Wars, the girlfriend liberating antics of Fantasy and the top down action shooters such as the Ikari trilogy and Time Soldiers, there is a vast variety of different game genres to be rediscovered. While it is true to say that some of the earlier titles lack the staying power of the more complex games such as Street Smart and Ikari III: The Rescue, the majority of the game are more than playable, giving players the arcade experience that certainly deserved gamer’s small change in the not too distant past.