US Gold has been banging out Capcom arcade licences for ages now, and this collection gives you eight of the things in one go. It's quite a mixed bag - there are some good games, but some duffers too. Still, you get a lot of games for your dosh, as Adam Waring discovers...
Strider is a walk-along and beat-'em-up type of game. You're a bit of an acrobat and cartwheel all over the place. You also have a hell of a chopper on you [Ha ha... that's enough cheap gags - Ed] to slice up your enemies.
Excellent four-colour graphics give the game an almost unique look. It scrolls well and there's lots to see and kill. You'll like it!
UN Squadron takes place in the Middle East. The Middle East, eh? Always some kind of trouble going on. Only one thing for it, to send in a 'peace-keeping' squadron of, erm, one plane.
You're the pilot, though, and can deal out the death in one of three types of plane. It's pretty standard shoot-'em-up fare, with a good choice of weaponry at your disposal. A shop lets you buy the extra goodies that the army are too mean to buy you. Not a bad blast.
Last Duel is a two-player shoot-em-up. Player one is in a car while number two takes to the skies in a fighter plane. It's a bright looking game, but not terribly good. The scrolling is jerky, and the playability isn't really there. Ho hum.
Forgotten Worlds is different. Most shoot-'em-ups give you an advanced nuclear fighter to take on the hordes from Zorgon-4. Not this one; you're on your own, matey, with not so much as a Sopworth Camel to do the business in. You can fly, though, and you have a gun so you do stand a bit of a chance.
The control method's a bit weird. Moving left and right rotates your angle of fire as well as actually moving you, so you often end up shooting the floor instead of the mean mothers. Irritating.
Ghouls 'N Ghosts is the follow-up to the ancient but classic game Ghosts 'N Goblins. As a knight in shining armour, it's your mission in life to rid the world of evil spirits. It has a couple of nice touches, such as collision with a nasty doesn't kill you outright, but has you running around in your undies!
Apart from that, though, it's not much cop. The graphics are dodgy and it's a bit dull.
Dynasty Wars is a weird-looking game. In fact it's quite weird to play, too. It's set in ancient China, a feudal society where war was a way of life. You're on horseback and have to trot along wasting men with bows and arrows.
It's a bit slow-paced, rather easy and gets a bit confused at times. An original idea, but it's not going to keep you up all night.
LED Storm is a bit like Last Duel, in both concept and playability. You drive along a road and have to avoid/kill other vehicles. It has some nice parallax effects - there are two levels of depth, but the game is a bit of a pig. There's simply not enough to do.
Strider 2 doesn't have quite the appeal that the original had. It's uses all sixteen colours, and this time Strider's tightened up his act a bit and can shoot things as well as using his sword. It's all a bit too easy, though.
The original is still the better game.
Capcom Collection looks like great value at first, but few of the games really shine and some of them are naff. Not quite the bargain it seems.