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Pac-Man Party Review


A lot of people may not remember this but at one point Pac-Man was a global icon and had the most popular game of all time. He’s been largely abandoned in the gaming world but has still obtained a solid collection of games. Pac Man Party is one of the last ones that I needed to get and I can confirm that it was worth the wait. This is a game that’s a blast and a half to play as long as you’re playing with friends. The story mode is more on the weak side. It’s a step above most party games but falls far short of Mario Party. That series will continue to be known as the best and at this point I don’t see anything passing it anytime soon.

The basic story is that someone has stolen Mr. Cookie’s prized recipe of how to make the cookies. He begs Pac Man for help on this. The hero agrees to help of course and quickly figures out that the ghosts have taken the recipe. He asks them politely to give it up but they refuse. The only way they will give it up is if Pac-Man defeats them in various rounds of the cookie game. Pac will have to play hard to win this match, but will the ghosts really end up keeping their word? It’s going to be tricky.

The story at least shows that Pac is still a guy you can count on. He’s going to a lot of trouble to get the recipe back. He has to deal with some powerful monsters as well as each of the 5 worlds has a boss creature at the end to defeat. These range from the Kraken to giant mechanical bears. One thing’s for sure, Pac-Man can’t let his guard down. The ending of the game goes in a pretty interesting way that’s sort of wholesome even if it’s not what you may have been hoping for. It’s not particularly long at around 5 hours so you shouldn’t have a problem beating the game. Pac-Man Party is also unique in that the story will end whether you win or lose. There will just be a slightly different cutscene that ends up playing in that circumstance.

How the game works is the 4 players start out on the board. They roll the dice using minigames rather than just hitting the dice. This lets you go across the board. If you land on an empty space then you automatically build a castle there. If you land on someone else’s castle then a minigame starts. If you win then you take the castle and if you lose then you have to pay the winner in cookies. The amount varies on the level of the castle. You win the overall match by earning a certain amount of cookies (Usually 12,000) and then making it back to the starting point. The maps are all circular so you keep looping around until you have the cookies. The best way to earn cookies is to have a lot of castles and then have the computers challenge you. Of course, you have to actually win the minigame or you could go from having 5 castles to 0 in a single minigame.

The A.I. is actually pretty good in some of the games. It’s interesting because in some games they are excellent and in others they are pretty terrible. Maybe the programmers had a hard time making them good without being OP in those so they just left it at them being pretty weak. Still, as the game goes on they should give you a pretty good challenge. Each player has a few super cookies at their disposal. You start out with 3 and can earn more. If you use them during a minigame they amp you up and greatly increase your chances of winning.

I highly recommend saving these for battles where you are defending a castle since those are the most lucrative battles. You will find yourself wishing you had kept a few on hand if you spend them all early on. When a computer is attacking another computer’s castle, don’t bother with the cookies. Win or lose you don’t earn any points so it doesn’t matter much. Your only consolation is you get a super cookie for coming in first so using one to get one wouldn’t make sense. The main problem with this system is that the battles can take a while. Keep in mind that the story took 5 hours and there are only 5 stages in the game. That puts each map at about an hour which is pretty crazy for a Mario Party setup. There should be a specified amount of turns or an easier way to get points. There was one world where I got enough points right after I passed the start spot so I had to wait another full lap to win. As the games goes on you get more battles per turn so it took forever to make it. I don’t think that’s particularly good game design. It reminds me of PS All Stars, it had a unique gimmick but the gimmick just wasn’t good.

There are a lot of minigames so I’ll just quickly talk about some of the highlights. You’ve got a classic jumping minigame where you have to time your jumps as a giant hammer is trying to swing away at you. This one’s all about timing and makes for a nice competitive battle. You’ve also got the classic minigame where you’re on a ball and have to try to roll everyone off the mountain. As the game goes on parts of the ground will begin collapsing as well so you definitely have to stay sharp. There’s another minigame where you’re in a soda cup and have to get to the top. As you’d expect a great deal of the minigames are food related. That does help to distinguish the games from most party titles since they don’t deal with food as much.

The graphics are pretty nice though. This is a very good looking Wii game that holds up well to today. The character designs are on point and I like the level layouts as well. The minigames have a large variety of backgrounds and themes. I feel like a good amount of budget was actually put into this game. The music’s more forgettable but I suppose that’s to be expected. There’s also a good amount of replay value to work towards as the game has its own built in challenge system. If you clear all of the challenges then you’ll feel pride and satisfaction. I got a few but wasn’t about to go in again to get the rest.

Overall, Pac-Man Party is a fun party game. At its core that’s where you’ll find the most enjoyment. This kind of game definitely doesn’t seem like it was really made with story mode as the main focus so if anything I’m just glad it has one. A lot of party games don’t have a full story so that’s pretty nice. There’s also a good variety of minigames so you’ll rarely if ever play the same one twice in a battle. A lot of them do feel pretty much ripped out of the Mario Party series but I suppose at this point almost every kind of minigame has been done. At least the execution isn’t bad considering this is on the Wii so we have some motion controls. A lot of the games use the Wii Remote sideways so it feels more traditional. I’d actually say that most of the minigames are downright fun. The only one I disliked was curling since as always that minigame feels like it takes way too long. If you want to enjoy a solid party game I’d check this one out.

Overall 6/10

7 Star Games, Game Reviews, Games, Reviews

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Review


It’s time to look at the Pac-Man Championship Edition title now that it’s free on the PS4 for a little while. I’ve always been a fan of the Pac-Man style gameplay. It’s simple yet effective. You could play it for hours as you try to get a higher and higher score. After a while though when your score is super high you have to play for very long periods of time before you even think about smashing the record. Well, this one’s a remixed style of the game. It’s not quite as fun as the original, but it still works out well and it’s nice to see Pac-Man experimenting.

When you boot up the game you’re forced to run through a bunch of tutorials. These shouldn’t take you long though and there is a second wave that is optional. I’d recommend playing through them as well. Then you jump into the mission mode where you take on a bunch of levels and try to get good ranks. Eventually this unlocks the Adventure Mode where you blast through worlds with a bunch of levels and a boss at the end. It’s pretty fun although fairly similar to the Mission Mode. I think you could have put them in the same category but the more content the better right? I played through a bunch of the levels although there are quite a lot so I didn’t beat them all.

The levels tend to all be about the same in the end with some slight differences in between them. For the Score Attack levels you have 5 minutes to get as many points as you can. You get infinite lives in the meantime I believe or at least it never seemed like you were in danger of losing them all. I got a few A ranks but it seems like it would be incredibly hard to get an S rank. Perhaps there is some kind of trick to moving faster or getting more points. It was pretty fun though and I do like how high-tech the gameplay feels. Even the fact that you can bump into ghosts intentionally to get them out of the way is definitely something new.

One area where the game missed out on though was not having the original game as an option here. I would have very quickly jumped on that. Pac-Man is just so much fun to play and I suppose the developers would be sad to see you playing that instead of their game but at least it would push sales a little more too right? It’s a win-win in my book. My main issue is that the variety of content seems very low. You’ve got a lot of levels to play through here but they’re all effectively the same level in the first mode and in the Adventure Mode they’re all super short. There isn’t really a mode here where you can just free play until you’re defeated and match scores with everyone. At least you can match scores on the 5 minute levels but in those you know you could have lived longer if they didn’t cut you off.

The graphics here are definitely pretty solid. I like the colors and the backdrops. It all works out pretty nicely if you ask me. It’s not like it’s AAA level but it’s all very clear and I like the art direction. As for the soundtrack, it was nice enough. It’s very fast paced which is important for a game like this. I dare say that you need fast music since slow tunes would throw you out of your rhythm very quickly.

It’s hard to say quite how long a game like this is. If it’s about how long it’ll take for you to beat all of the levels then I’d say around 7-8 most likely. Of course you’ve also got the replay value of trying to increase your score or getting the Platinum Trophy. It seems to me like that would be incredibly hard and even a lot of the individual trophies are tagged as Ultra Rare on the site which is not something you see every day. The game doesn’t have a lot of trophies so if you’re really good at Pac-Man then this could be one to go for.

Overall, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is a pretty solid game. I never got the first but this seems like it would be a solid sequel. At the very least it does hold up on its own which is always the important thing. I don’t know how long it”ll be free or even if it still is so I’d advise dashing if you want to play it. Who wants to turn down a free game right? This is the perfect opportunity to make a move for it so you should definitely do that. In the meantime I’ll keep on waiting for a new Pac-Man game to show up. I feel like it’s been ages since we got a big title.

Overall 7/10

Game Records

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Stats and Records

Stats time!

PS4 Trophies 11/19
Tutorial 100%
Adventure 11% Total Stars 25

Stage Stats

Championship II

Single Train B
Regular A
Extreme N/A

Jumping

Single Train B
Regular A
Extreme N/A

Hexagon

Single Train B
Regular B
Extreme N/A

Highway

Single Train N/A
Regular B
Extreme N/A

Dungeon

Single Train N/A
Regular B
Extreme N/A

Mountain

Single Train N/A
Regular B
Extreme N/A

Manhattan

Single Train B
Regular B
Extreme N/A

Junction

Single Train N/A
Regular A
Extreme N/A

Championship I

Single Train N/A
Regular A
Extreme A

Spiral

Single Train N/A
Regular B
Extreme N/A

Battles, Pac Man Battles, Thumbelina (DC) Battles

Pac Man vs Thumbelina (DC)



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Suggested by Destroyer Thumbelina is a nice kid, but she is not ready to win a fight like this. For starters she is too small for her physical attacks to deal any real damage. Second off, Pac-Man is designed to face off against enemies from long range. He can fly into the sky and rain down a series of attacks on her. There would be no escape from them and she has no defensive abilities. Pac Man wins.

Battles, Pac Man Battles, Python Battles

Pac Man vs Python




Suggested by Destroyer A Python is a pretty cool snake. It just looks really cool and that also makes it a good inspiration to a lot of film writers so you tend to see it used from time to time. I’m sure there’s a film about a giant Python somewhere but even with that it wouldn’t be able to stop someone like Pac Man. His long range throws are the perfect counter here. Pac Man wins.

Battles, Pac Man Battles, Wybie Lovat Battles

Pac Man vs Wybie Lovat




Suggested by Destroyer Wybie is a nice enough kid who is always trying his best to help out and make it through a pretty scary situation. That being said, he really isn’t a fighter so it’s not like he has a great chance of winning this match. Pac Man’s been fighting off ghosts and other monsters for years. This will be just another fight for him. All he needs is one combo. Pac Man wins.

Battles, Pac Man Battles, Yosemite Sam Battles

Pac Man vs Yosemite Sam




Suggested by Destroyer Yosemite Sam is definitely a pretty skilled marksman who can really dish out some pretty good shots. That being said, he would quickly be put on the defensive here. Pac Man has a lot of fruits at his disposal as well as a good amount of elemental forms. In his fire mode for example he could just burn right through Sam’s gun and that would pretty much make the guy defenseless. It would be hard to come back from that. Pac Man wins.

Battles, Greenman Battles, Pac Man Battles

Pac Man vs Greenman




Suggested by Destroyer Greenman definitely looks very determined, but he actually isn’t all that powerful. His hits have no power behind them and his speed isn’t anything to get excited about either. Pac Man has some actual hand to hand skills and has projectiles on his side so there really isn’t any comparisons to be found here. Greenman can run but he can’t hide. He can fight, but he can’t win. That doesn’t leave this green fighter with many options. Pac Man wins.

Battles, Pac Man Battles, Pickman Battles

Pac Man vs Pickman




Suggested by Destroyer Pickman is one of the weaker netnavies out there. The guy is probably good at construction, but when it comes time for a big fight he will end up falling short. Pac Man has many different special abilities at his disposal and all of them would prove to be lethal in this match. Pickman’s best bet is simply to get out of there as quickly as possible. He can’t outrun Pac Man’s key though and that will ultimately be crucial. Pac Man wins.

Battles, Crazy Bus Battles, Pac Man Battles

Pac Man vs Crazy Bus




Suggested by Destroyer The Crazy Bus lives up to his name. He’s really all over the place and isn’t afraid to fight a little outside the box. Pac Man will have to keep his wits about him here, but ultimately I don’t think his victory will ever be in doubt. Crazy Bus is strong, but not strong enough to bump off such a powerful fighter like Pac. Pac Man won’t even need his elemental super forms to win this one. Pac Man wins.