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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Review


The guys and gals at Namco Bandai have been very busy this month, with a slew of titles covering many genres, the icing on the cake being a return of Pac-Man to the platform genre. Now there have been a few Pac-Man games in the past of this ilk, some pretty good, others not so with less than favourable reviews, so it is with pleasure to say this is one of the better Pac-Man platform iterations.

Created to run alongside the cartoon show Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, the game of the same name takes our hero Pac-Man and his pals on an adventure for all of the family to enjoy, with Betrayus stealing the Fridgidigitator, it is all a bit silly really and never really gets in the way of the platforming action.


Being based on a kids show, the game is sensibly created for a younger audience, however that does not mean there is not something for everyone as I found myself enjoying every jump and chomp from start to finish. Presented as a no-nonsense 3D platformer, everything that Ghostly Adventures sets out to do, it does well with classic double jumps allowing for easy platforming action and rather than bottom bumps Pac-Man is able to chomp most ghosts that get in his way, with a really satisfying combo chain chomp that links together attacks and sends Pac-Man all over the screen in a blur of yellow.

With Betrayus being ruler of the Netherworld and lord of all ghosts he has sent out hundreds of his minions to keep Pac-Man off his tracks whilst he carries out his nefarious plans. With most ghosts being instantly edible there is little challenge in taking care of these fodder however there are a few that offer more of a challenge with some that drop slime, others teleporting in for attacks; there are even elemental ghosts, but thanks to Pac-Man’s power berries even these guys are easily dealt with.

The power berries are sensibly placed at strategic positions throughout the levels, with specific power berries relevant to each level, like the flame that allows Pac-Man to thaw out frozen platforms or attack cold ghosts by hurling flames, a chameleon which can turn Pac-Man invisible and also use his whip like tongue to swing on certain parts of the level. Rubber ball Pac-Man allows you to bounce around and off walls, whilst the balloon berry makes you float through the air, landing with a comedic whizz around the screen as all the air is let out at once and then you have my favourite, where Pac-Man turns into a huge boulder, the game then turning into Monkeyball-lite, rolling around, squishing ghosts and being careful not to fall off the edges. Each power berry adds a small element of problem solving to the levels, usually hitting switches or turning lava into ice, all being quite easy to solve with the solution never far away from the problem which ideal for younger players.



A bane of many 3D platformers is the camera and for the majority of the game it copes really well with the only time it really is of concern is the more fixed angle moments, making it very hard to judge jumps or seen the full scope of what is going on, though this only really tends to occur on the boss battle sections.

With lots of fruit, pellets and silver slime to collect, there is plenty to return to each level for some replay-ability, each one rewarding the player in some way, be it extra lives, more heath hearts and even the ability to unlock small arcade games back at the level select area. Aside from the single player campaign there is also a four player mode, based on a 3D version of the original Pac-Man maze, however this time you are playing as the ghosts Blinky, Pinky, Inky or Clyde, each trying to catch Pac-Man before he grabs a powerpill and eats you all; a fun little mode that will entertain for a few hours but does get a little tiresome after a while.

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures came as a bit of a surprise, a very good if a little simple 3D platform game ideal for younger gamers, family play or like myself, someone just looking for some good old well executed 3D platform action. 

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: Xbox 360)

Pros

+ Plenty of cool power berries to try out and master
+ Great 3D platform action
+ Based on the Pac-Man TV show

Cons

- The boss fights can be infuriating

Edited On 06 Mar, 2014

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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Might have a look at this after I'm done with The Last Story and Dark Souls 2
Dead's avatar
Dead 3 years ago
Been waiting for this for ages, really don't know why we've had to wait all this time when the rest of the world got it last October.

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