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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

 

 

SCORE: 81

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 

 

Pac is Back. What does that mean for families with a Nintendo 3DS? It means they can purchase Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, and enjoy a 2D side scrolling hand held video game. There are 3D depth effects in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. It is still a side scrolling 2D adventure.

A tree important to the town is stolen by Betrayus. Pac-Man is on the quest to save this tree. Along the way he gets to eat all kinds of food, and hundreds of ghosts. Call me crazy, but I do not see transparent ghosts as being very filling. Like eating a lot of lettuce or something. Not that there is anything wrong with eating a lot of lettuce mind you.

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures comes with a glow in the dark poster. That is something kids will really get into. Even some adults like myself get into glow in the dark posters. Just not in any room I am trying to sleep in. It gets distracting, and I don't want to close my eyes. Anywho.

Namco Bandai Games did something really neat with Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. They hid all kinds of secrets (like puzzle pieces to images) in the levels. Certain skills need to be unlocked to access some of them. Players will replay the levels to unlock all of the content. Which I think is neat. I know it is not novel or anything, but it gives family members a reason to replay this hand held video game.

Chaining chomps together is another neat aspect to Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures on the Nintendo 3DS. This is literally how we get Pac-Man high enough to damage certain bosses. Who take many chomps (or bites) to vanish. In essence Pac-Man inhales them.

I love all of the different Pac-Man characters in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. The creativity to take that old Pac-Man shape, and create all of these personalities is truly impressive. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures can be a bit on the short side.

Issues parents may have with Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures are: we are eating ghosts, we are trying to save some mystical tree, and the action adventure violence. I would not let kids under the age of ten play Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. It gets challenging in certain parts. Some boss battles take time. Although that dragon boss was a real breeze. And who expects a dragon in a Pac-Man game?
- Paul

 

Graphics: 78%
Sound: 83%
Replay/Extras: 86%
Gameplay: 85%
Family Friendly Factor: 75%

System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
R
ating: Rating: ‘E10+’ - Everyone 10+
{Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief}
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