Pac's Back, and That's the Fact, Jack!
Pac-Man has been Namco's main mascot for quite a good while now. His arcade exploits still remain his most popular games. However, recently Pac-Man has appeared in several platformers and even some party games, attempting to allow him to branch out like other game mascots have in the past. His latest platforming romp just debuted on the Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC a few weeks ago, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. Pac may be back, but is that a good thing?
Not having ever seen the actual show this game is based off of, I was bewildered as to why Pac-Man was hanging out in high school with his former otherworldly ghost rivals, Inky, Pinky, Blinky and Clyde. Regardless, the simple story has a sinister ghost and apparent nemesis to Pac-Man, Betrayus, wanting to turn PacWorld into a ghost's paradise. Pac-Man is on the job to help defeat Betrayus once more and in the process save PacWorld and its slew of denizens. If you can get over the cheesy voice work and nothing that special dialogue, you'll find a kid-friendly tale that doesn't impress or surprise. It's just there, but it's serviceable, as plot is pretty much meaningless in a platformer, serving only as an excuse for all of the running and jumping that proceeds afterwards.
|Apparently, Betrayus just wants an Xbox One.|
|Pac-o-polis is in trouble|
and needs your help, Pac-Man!
|That can't be sanitary. Who knows|
how many other people licked that same pole!
|In one moment Pac-Man's world|
turned completely upside-down.
|I didn't think that Pac-Man had such|
an inflated opinion of himself.
|Ice Pac can freeze these lava geysers,|
turning them temporarily into platforms.
Another issue with the game is that it is quite short. My play-through, which included completing some levels twice, as well as finishing all bonus levels, lasted me about six hours. Now, I haven't done everything there is to do in the Ghostly Adventures, but the rest won't take that much longer. I understand the game is at budget price, but six hours for forty dollars isn't exactly the most enticing offer.
|This game isn't shy about allowing|
you to rack up lives.
|Most boss battles show signs|
of creativity within them.
[SPC Says: 7.5/10]