Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
Pac-Man must be the busiest man in gaming. He has just seen the release of his highly-successful Pac-Man Championship Edition onto Steam with Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+, as well as the smartphone game Pac-Man Dash!. The TV series ‘Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures’ started airing in June, and smart cookie that he is, Pac-Man has just released a tie-in game to the series bearing the same name.
You would be forgiven for thinking that Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures was a hurried cash-in game specifically made just to take your money. This isn’t the case, but I do feel that the source material of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (the cartoon series) limits the potential for the game itself. There isn’t a great deal of variety in the levels or gameplay, and while it is fun, I think the amount of entertainment offered really depends on the individual. If you enjoyed old-school platformers like the Ratchet and Clank or Kirby series of games, you will probably find Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures fun.
As one would expect, players assume the role of Pac-Man as he gobbles ghosts and foils evil in the city of Pactropolis. To be honest, the overarching storyline itself is pretty forgettable when compared to other games, or rather, I felt as though I couldn’t engage with the story because I am unfamiliar with the cartoon series. Either way I’m certain that fans of the TV series will get a lot more out of the game.
Where Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures wins me over is in the platforming sections and combat sequences. It would have been hard adding strategy to the simpler gameplay of the classic Pac-Man games, but by adding a dash of Kirby, Namco Bandai have created some pretty entertaining combat sequences.
During the levels, Pac-Man will acquire various powers, which allow him to solve various puzzles and defeat tricker enemies. One puzzle sequence involved defeating a group of fire ghosts and then freezing a water fountain to jump up to a higher level. Kids might get lost with puzzles like these as the game doesn’t guide the player at all. It’s up to the player to figure things out on their own.
There is a multiplayer mode included in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, which will keep kids entertained. It’s a modern take on the classic Pac-Man gameplay that made Pac a household name, and up to three players can play as ghosts! If you ever wanted to experience a competitive Pac-Man game, this mode is for you.
- Simple, fun and accessible gameplay
- Four player competitive Pac-Man!
- The lack of a decent story is a waste opportunity
Platform games are getting increasingly rare nowadays, and while Pac-Man may not be offering anything new, it is offering simplistic platforming fun suitable for young kids and parents. Pac-fans and fans of the cartoon series will definitely want to check out Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures.
Score – 6.5/10