Should gamers care about munching pellets (and the occasional ghost) on the go? We give you the answer...
Pac-Man fever is alive and well in the hearts and minds of entire generations of gamers. The proof is in the incredible success Namco has had with the mobile port of the arcade classic and its sequel. A bestseller month after month, it seems that casual and hardcore gamers alike look to Pac-Man to fill their idle moments.
The port appears to be flawless, although the well-remembered "waka waka" is strangely absent, creating an almost sound-free experience. Pac-Man is responsive, ducking around corners, performing sudden 180s, and escaping through warp tunnels as quickly as he ever did.
There's essentially nothing at all wrong with the game. Its pixel-perfect, includes an easy mode (with slower ghosts) for the uninitiated, and is still an engaging experience today. With some retro games you need to play the experience through rose-colored glasses to still squeeze fun out of them. Nostalgia often skews the experience. But with Pac-Man this isn't the case. Anyone can play it, and anyone can have a good time.
The reason it isn't getting higher marks is simply because its sequel Ms. Pac-Man is the better game in every way. Those looking for their mobile pac-fix have essentially no reason to purchase the original. Pac-Man has one board that you play over and over, compared to Ms. Pac-Man's four. It's ghosts are slightly less intelligent, to boot.
Pac-Man is a solid download that is pretty difficult to be disappointed with, but it makes a lot more sense to just pick up Ms. Pac-Man instead.
What's Hot: Timing a power-pellet grab to nab all four ghosts
What's Not: Ms. Pac-Man is the better game in all aspects.