Watch and learn
A unique inclusion for Digital Eclipse’s compilation is called Watch. It’s a innovative new idea that features complete playthroughs by Frank of every single game on the collection, from Athena to Prehistoric Isle. It’s a useful prerecorded tool-assisted run that allows you to get a feel for certain parts of the game if you’re struggling with your own run. You can pause, fast-forward and skip through any sections you want, but by far the most impressive aspect of Watch is that you can literally drop into any game at any point, allowing you to play the game yourself. It’s a wonderfully clever idea that according to the team was very difficult to implement. “The ‘video’ is in fact a ROM playback,” explains Brandon about the team’s innovative feature. “It’s actually emulating Frank’s playthrough. No other collection has this feature.” Here’s hoping we see similar things like this in the future.
» [Arcade] SNK’S compilation is out shortly. Expect a review in our next issue.