SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (also known as the 40th anniversaries series) is a video game collection designed by Digital Eclipse, consisting of classic arcade and console games originally released by SNK between 1977 and 1990. The series was originally released for the Nintendo Switch later in 2021, PlayStation 4 in 2021, and Xbox One a month later on 7 July 2021. A release date has not been confirmed for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. A release date for a Nintendo Switch was originally promised but has yet to be announced.
The first game in the series was established in 1978 with Samurai Hero. Since that time there have been forty-five games released including a sequel to that original game, Revenge of Monkey Island and an expansion to Space Rescue II. Revenge of Monkey Island remains the best selling of the entire series, although there are several entries that have been less successful such as Return to Treasure Isle and Spirit Caller. The game is set on the island of monkeys where Snk 40th Anniversary team member Takahashi visits after being left stranded on Earth during a nuclear war. There are four levels to the game including beginner, advanced, master and completion mode.
The second game in the series, Jungle Rage, takes place on another jungle adventure and places participants in a game of survival against the natives of a dangerous jungle. participant will have to use only weapons and objects available around them to kill their enemies. For example, a player must cut down an enemy with a machete. Once enough enemies are killed, the player can move on to the next area. The objective is to eliminate all of the opponents before they reach the exit portal.
The third game in the series, Dr. Darkkan's Secrets: Theobi's Adventure takes place in a world where Dr. Darkkan is an archeologist researching human origins. When his ship crashes on an uncharted planet, he makes a quick discovery that has implications for mankind's future. There are forty-two artifacts buried within the sand. If these artifacts are put together, they will create the ultimate power. When he finds out that his daughter has been kidnapped by these scavengers, he must race against an evil entity to save her and the planet.
The fourth game in the series, Return to Monkey Island, is set three months after the events of Dr. Darkkan's Adventure. Dr. Darkkan is still missing the kidnapped girl, but with the help of some new friends, Dr. Venture, Leila and Dr. Isaac, he is able to launch a rescue attempt. This time, he needs more than a group of men and women to defeat the enemy. He needs an entire squad of his best monkeys. The game includes new challenges involving the use of three dimensional gameplay to allow the user a more personal experience.
The fifth game in the Snk 40th Anniversary Series is Dr. Squirtle. This time around, you play as Squirtle, a gelatinous friend of Dr. Darkkan who works for him and there's a good chance he'll try to escape from Dr. Darkkan and go on the mission with him. However, Squirle must learn to trust his green friend and help him fight off the villains of Dr. Darkkan's island and return safely to his home planet.