Throwback Thursday Review – PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX (PS3)

When I think about PAC-MAN, I like to think “WOW, I’m getting pretty friggin’ old.” I’ve been playing this game since I discovered a little arcade handheld version of the game that I found just lying around the house. After that broke, I then started playing a version of PAC-MAN on my Sega Genesis before getting into Ms. PAC-MAN. I still have my Sega Genesis hooked up and I’ll play these games from time to time. When I got this current PAC-MAN game for free on PS+, I knew I had to play it. Here’s what I thought about the game.

So there is no story with this game, but if you know PAC-MAN you know that there’s a story with it. PAC-MAN eats these little yellow balls and ghosts until one day he meets a girl, they get married and she becomes Mrs. PAC-MAN. The happy couple then go on to have a little PAC baby. Everyone lives happily ever after, except the ghosts. This game excludes the typical story that comes with PAC-MAN and just goes for a level by level type of game.

Even though this is a PAC-MAN game, this isn’t the typical type of PAC-MAN game. This game is more strategy based and each level has a pattern that can be used in order to achieve the maximum score on each level. This type of play will really keep you on your toes and I spent hours developing what I thought was the best way to play each and every level of the game and there are a hell of a lot of levels. Each level also has a time limit to get the highest score you can get so you have to work quickly. It’s very easy to get roped into playing this game for much longer then you intended to.

The playability is the very basic PAC-MAN play style with a few extras thrown in that allow you to slow down so you don’t run into ghosts along with some bombs you can drop along the way. You can either use the analog sticks or the d-pad to play so the choice is yours. I found it a little easier to use the d-pad to play just because I’m used to it that way, but you may find it easier to use the analog stick.

The graphics are the pretty standard PAC-MAN graphics. You have a board filled with little balls to eat and ghosts. It’s nothing special but it is a new take on the old PAC-MAN style graphics. Although things are a little hard to see at times, you have to find the right color and board scheme that works for you and you should be good to go.

There are a total of 15 very easy trophies for this game. All you have to do is play the game and the trophies will come naturally. Just make sure that you play the game using every visual available to get that one trophy you’ll probably be missing by the end of your play time.

Overall I give this game a 3.5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ It’s PAC-MAN!
+ New gameplay types will keep you playing for hours.
+ Nice new take on an old favorite.

What’s Not So Great:
Different color combinations sometimes makes the board look weird and hard to see.

I thought this new take on PAC-MAN was pretty neat and I’ll still play this game from time to time when I feel like playing a new and different PAC-MAN. If you’re a PAC-MAN fan then I don’t see why you wouldn’t enjoy this game.

Join me next week when I’ll be reviewing inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood. I got this game right after I finished playing inFAMOUS and inFAMOUS 2 back to back because I couldn’t get enough of this game. It was right around Halloween time to so I even got this game on sale. BONUS!

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