Conclusion: Even though it isn't without its flaws, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is a well designed game for kids. It's got some really cool challenges and it changes up gameplay often enough to keep it from getting stale. If you have a kid that already watches the show, they'll probably love it. Or if they're new to videogames, this'll be a good introduction for them.
Conclusion: I had much higher hopes for Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures going into it. Unfortunately it doesn't pay much respect to the source material and the end result is your typical tie-in platforming game.
Excerpt: Pac-Man is the man. He’s one of the original video game icons. However, modern video game developers are faced with the obvious fact that Pac’s early adventures can’t be made these days. Those old arcade games in which Pac-Man must eat pellets and avoid ghosts in the same maze over and over…yeah, can’t do that anymore. So, perhaps the only logical thing to do is to maintain the spirit of the franchise while embracing an action/platformer format.
Excerpt: Anybody need a good flashback? After over thirty years, Pac-Man has become one of those characters that every generation has at least heard about, and more likely than not has played a game of. Thirty years . That's enough time to have determined, through the growing development of the "video game" as we know it, just what makes a great game great and an iconic character, well, iconic . After a few attempts, the franchise has reached Ghostly Adventures ...
Excerpt: Coming off of a string of successful 2D remakes of Pac-Man in the form of Pac-Man Championship Edition (2007) and Championship Edition DX (2010), Namco Bandai has decided that it is time for a new entry in the series. It's been even longer since Namco has released a new 3D Pac-Man game. Well, now Pac is back yet again.
Excerpt: There has always been a sinister underbelly to Pac-Man's maze adventures. Like an unaltered version of a Grimm fairy tale, the Pac-Man games exist in a world in which he must constantly consume ghosts until he is eventually overwhelmed by the relentless determination of his poltergeist pursuers. But it was easy to ignore this endless endeavor when abstract visuals shielded you from the worst of Pac-Man's deeds.
Pros: Nice variety, Platforming provides plenty of fun moments
Cons: First few levels are insultingly bad, Story lacks any bit of cleverness, Multiplayer quickly grows dull
Conclusion: You can do worse than "Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures" at the given price point. It's got some baggage coming in (the scent of a licensed platformer), but Namco Bandai has done a good job of bringing to the table a take on Pac-Man that both honors the character's past while recognizing a need to try something different. This isn't your mother's Pac-Man, and that's (surprisingly) not necessarily a bad thing.
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 3DS Review: Pac-Man deserves better, and so do we
17 June 2013
Excerpt: I recently played Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures for the Xbox 360, and it was one of the most mind-numbingly dull experiences I've had in quite some time. The platformer is easily my favorite genre, so playing through that bastardization of both run-and-jump games and the treasured Pac-Man franchise hurt. Literally. It was actually painful to play. But what about Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures on the 3DS?
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Review: Waka waka weak
17 June 2013
Excerpt: What the hell happened to you, Pac-Man? You used to be cool! Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures isn't necessarily a game I'd say is poorly made in terms of its mechanics, but it is ridiculously dull, and it's entirely soulless. Based on the CG series of the same name, this game offers nothing for actual fans of video games, and absolutely nothing for fans of the yellow spherical mascot's classic arcade escapades.