More Reviews
REVIEWS Wayward Manor Review
Not even the power of Neil Gaiman and The Odd Gentlemen could save this game from a fate worse than death: a terrible score.

ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red Review
"Unlimited World Red"? More like "Sorta Limited Town and Extended Areas... Red. And Blue. And Some Yellow."
More Previews
PREVIEWS Hand of Fate Preview
Dungeons & Dragons mixed with the Batman: Arkham series... wait, what?!
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Sacred 3
Release date: 08/05/14

Hohokum
Release date: 08/12/14

Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: 08/19/14

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: 08/19/14


LATEST FEATURES Gaming For Good: Charity for the Win
Playing video games for charity is becoming easier everyday. Livestream, join a fundraising guild, or game at your own pace. There are many different ways gamers can contribute to numerous charitable causes.

PlayStation’s Colorful Console Past and Its Bright, White Future
Sony will release the white PlayStation 4 in September, so let's take a walk through the company's hardware history.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Picking Your Gender: 5 Industry Professionals Discuss Queer Identity in Gaming
Women from Naughty Dog, ArenaNet, Harmonix, and Gamespot unite to talk about what they want from games in terms of diversity.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP Kakulukia
Why Sunset Overdrive Can Go Suck A Lemon
By Kakulukia
Posted on 07/14/14
Yesterday, while cleaning up my media center, I found my copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, which I bought sometime before Christmas last year. I had been pretty excited about this game pre-release, what with it being the first "traditional", albeit shorter than usual,...

PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX Review

Blake_Morse By:
Blake_Morse
12/07/10
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Arcade 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Namco Bandai 
DEVELOPER Namco Bandai 
RELEASE DATE  
E Contains No Descriptors

What do these ratings mean?

Pac-Man Rides Again.


Before I begin this review, I would just like it stated for the record that I have made no secret of my affection for Pac-Man and his lovely companion, Ms. Pac-Man, before being assigned the privilege of rigorously scrutinizing the newest video game incarnation of everyone's favorite power-pellet munching fiend, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX. Yes, it's true I even said as such in our Thanksgiving Round-Up that these are my all-time favorites. But none of that would've mattered if the game had sucked. Key word here being “if”. Because it didn't suck. No, not at all. In fact, it did the opposite of that and totally owned.

click to enlargeWe're all familiar with the story by now: Pac eats pellets, Pac meets Ghost, Pac runs from Ghost, Pac meets power pellet, Ghost runs from Pac. It's your classic Romeo and Juliet tale, if Juliet was an undead apparition hell bent on eating Romeo. We don't need to go over the basics here. This is GR, you guys know your s*** already.

What we can talk about is what's new and awesome. Now I know you're thinking that this game hasn't had any tweaks that were lasting or actually innovative. (Remember Pac-Attack? Look, kids! He can jump now! Ooooooh!) It's true, they were nothing clever, nothing like what they've done this time around.

But now, ghosts appear in two forms. The first, you're familiar with: the ones that run around the maze trying to corner you. The new ones are the kind that sleep in the maze and start trailing behind you one after the other, giving the game an interesting twist a la the classic Snake. Not only does this present a new challenge to veteran players, it creates a new way to rack up ridiculously high scores as you get longer and longer lines of spooks following behind you.

click to enlargeYou're also equipped with bombs that will send all the active on-screen enemies back to their central pen and gain you some time that you would've lost with your life. It strikes an almost perfect balance with the Snake feature. It's very feng shui.

All the modes from the previous Championship Edition are back as well, redone with the same treatment, along with new time trials and unlockable challenges for all of them, adding a greater depth of gameplay overall.

Then there's all the nice little things that they've done, like an added speed meter so you can watch the progression of intensity, and a meter that lets you know exactly how much time you have to munch down on ghosties. There are even various sets of skins for levels and characters that draw from Pac-Man's sordid past (There's even a Pac-Attack skin!) and others with vibrant neon colors straight out of an LSD-induced dream.

click to enlargeMy only complaint about Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is that there's no “classic” mode. As cool as morphing mazes and time trials are, there's nothing quite like the experience of taking on level after level in a test of endurance. Knowing how long you're going to go for removes the need to push yourself in the same manner as classic arcade-style Pac-Man games.

Still, even with that slight downside, Pac-Man Championship Editions DX is a great game and a must-have for anyone who is a fan of old-school, classic games. I'm already in the top 20% on the leaderboards and I'm only going to get better the more I play, so if you want a chance at keeping up with me, you should download yourself a copy soon.
A Revolution report card
  • Classic Pac-Man fun
  • With a new twist that actually works!
  • The colors!
  • New challenges
  • Still no new level-based game
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
Also known as: pac, man, champion edition


More On GameRevolution