Glossary

Ace Combat Advance

Ace Combat Advance

Release date: 2005

Genres: Shooter

Publishers: Namco

Ace Combat Advance is a video game in the Ace Combat series developed by Hungarian studio Humansoft. It is the first in the series for a handheld gaming system. Unlike other flight simulators, it's a top-down shooter similar to Strike (video game series), but using fighter jets. It has been criticized for awkward controls, lack of appeal, difficulty and very poor graphics. Unlike other Ace Combat games, a Japanese release for the title was absent.

Alpine Surfer

Release date: 1996

Genres: Sports

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Namco

Alpine Surfer (アルパインサーファー, Arupain Sāfā) is a snowboarding arcade game developed and released by Namco in 1996; it runs on Namco System 22 hardware, and is based on their Alpine Racer series of snowboarding games. The game also allows two cabinets to be linked together, supporting cooperative play, much like their Final Lap and Winning Run series.

Ace Combat 2

Ace Combat 2

Release date: 1997

Genres: Action, Combat, Flight, Simulation

Publishers: Namco

Ace Combat 2 is a 1997 combat flight simulator video game developed and published for the PlayStation by Namco. The player controls one of 24 different fighter jets through 21 different missions with certain objectives to fulfill, such as protecting a base from enemy fire, intercepting a squadron of enemies, or taking down an aircraft carrier. It is the sequel to Air Combat and the second in the Ace Combat franchise, with gameplay being presented in a more arcade-like format. Conceived by Namco …

Anna Kournikova's Smash Court Tennis

Anna Kournikova's Smash Court Tennis

Release date: 1998

Genres: Sports

Publishers: Namco

Anna Kournikova's Smash Court Tennis, known in Japan as Smash Court 2 (スマッシュコート2, Sumasshu Kōto Tsū), is a tennis video game developed by Namco for the PlayStation. It is the second title in Namco's Smash Court series of games. The game was released in Japan in November 1998 and was later released in Europe in 1999, featuring the likeness of professional tennis player Anna Kournikova.

Air Combat

Air Combat

Release date: 1993

Genres: Action, Combat, Flight, Simulation

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Namco

Air Combat (エアーコンバット Eā Konbatto) is a 1992 combat flight simulator arcade game developed by Namco. It runs on Namco System 21, made specifically for processing 3D polygonal graphics. Air Combat 22 (エアーコンバット 22, Eā Konbatto 22) is the arcade sequel to Air Combat released by Namco in 1995. Its name comes from it running on Namco's Super System 22 hardware. The games are considered to be predecessors for the Ace Combat series.

Alpine Racer 2

Alpine Racer 2

Release date: 1996

Genres: Sports

Publishers: Namco

Alpine Racer 2 is a 3D alpine skiing arcade game released by Namco in 1996. It is the sequel to Alpine Racer. Unlike the original, two cabinets can be linked together so that players can race against each other.

Atomic Betty

Atomic Betty

Release date: 2005

Genres: Puzzle, Shooter

Publishers: Namco, Atari Europe

Atomic Betty is a single-player puzzle/shooter game based on the animated television series of the same name developed by Big Blue Bubble. It was released on the Game Boy Advance in North America on October 25, 2005, and in Europe on August 25, 2005.

Arcade Classics

Release date: 1996

Genres: Arcade

Publishers: Namco

Arcade Classics is a video game compilation for the Philips CD-i containing ports of three Namco arcade games. The compilation was released in Europe but not in North America. It contains the games Galaxian (1979), Ms. Pac-Man (1981), and Galaga (1981). Galaxian resembles the Famicom port instead of it representing the original arcade game. Galaga is cropped into a "window" while the status (lives, score, etc.) is moved into the outer frame. Ms. Pac-Man resembles Tengen's ports of the game and e…

Alpine Racer

Release date: 1995

Genres: Sports

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Namco

Alpine Racer is a 1995 racing arcade game developed and published by Namco. The player uses a handlebar controller to move a skier down a course situated on a snow-covered mountain, the objective being to make it to the end of the course without falling off the slope or colliding with obstacles. It features three different courses to select, alongside a standard race mode and a time-attack mode where the player must pass through gates to replenish a time limit. It ran on the Namco System 22 arca…

Ace Driver

Ace Driver

Release date: 1994

Genres: Racing

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Namco

Ace Driver is a 1994 racing arcade game developed and published by Namco. The player controls a Formula One racer, with the objective being to complete three laps of a race course and to avoid a collision with opponents and other obstacles. Three difficulty levels are available, as is a mode to enable a gear shift. Similar to Namco's own Final Lap series, the arcade cabinet can be linked together with another unit to enable eight-person multiplayer. It ran on the Namco System 22 arcade hardware.…

Attack of the Zolgear

Release date: 1994

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Namco

Attack of the Zolgear is an arcade game for one to six players released by Namco. It is a sequel to Galaxian 3. This game used two LaserDisc players simultaneously for the outer space background, while computer generated graphics were overlaid on top.

Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere

Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere

Release date: 1999

Genres: Action, Arcade, Combat, Flight, Simulation

Publishers: Namco

Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere is a combat flight simulator video game developed and published by Namco for the PlayStation. It was released in Japan in 1999 and in Europe and North America in 2000. The third in the company's Ace Combat series, Electrosphere features a more futuristic aesthetic compared to the modern-day theme of its predecessors. Players control one of several different types of aircraft and must complete various mission objectives, such as destroying a fleet of enemies or protect…

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

Release date: 2001

Genres: Action, Combat, Flight, Simulation

Platforms: PlayStation 2

Publishers: Namco

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies is a 2001 combat flight simulator video game developed and published for the PlayStation 2 by Namco. It released in Europe in 2002 under the title Ace Combat: Distant Thunder. The player assumes the role of a fighter pilot, assigned the call sign Mobius 1, and controls one of 21 different fighter jets through 18 different story missions. Each mission features different objectives including shooting down squadrons of enemy pilots and escorting friendly units. The ga…

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

Release date: 2004

Genres: Action, Combat, Flight, Simulation

Platforms: PlayStation 2

Publishers: Namco

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War (エースコンバット5 ジ・アンサング・ウォー, Ēsu Konbatto Go Ji Ansangu Wō) (Ace Combat: Squadron Leader in Europe) is a semi-realistic flight combat video game for the PlayStation 2. Like other titles in Namco's Ace Combat series, Ace Combat 5 features gameplay that is a mix between arcade flight and authentic flight simulation. The game was developed by Project Aces, an internal Namco group credited with the development of the Ace Combat series, and was published by Namco in October 20…