Game Review: Pac-Man CE DX

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX isn’t another useless Atari remake like the last few Xbox Live releases. Instead, it’s a fantastic updated version of Pac-Man, full of action and incredible visuals. And currently, WP7 is the only mobile platform that has this game, so take that and shove it up your Angry Bird’s beak!

Overall Score: 4/5

Pac-Man CE DX has some fantastic gameplay and incredible presentation, but the lasting value is sub-par for a $6.99 game.

Gameplay: 5/5

Between the perfect controls, the spectacular always-changing gameboard, and the amazing cinematic-like action, you’ll need to pause the game in order to comprehend the brilliance it contains. The game feels like it was built for a touchscreen, since the controls are so natural. The game has such incredible elements in it which make it a truly unique and revolutionary addition to Pac-Man. For example, when you are about to run into a ghost, the game goes into a slow-motion mode, allowing you to quickly react as if you are in an action movie. Also, as you collect the different fruits in the map, various new paths on the map open up, forcing you to constantly react to a new pattern of mazes. The combination of all these elements makes the game far more spectacular than you would expect.

Presentation: 5/5

The game is visually astounding, and equally impressive sound wise. The music fits the game perfectly, and the sounds are classic yet refreshing. The visuals pop out with a burst of color. If you have an AMOLED screen, this game is probably more vivid and beautiful than a double rainbow.

Lasting Value: 3/5

The only disappointment about this game is the lasting value, which is only about one and a half hours if you only play through the game once. You can of course compete in the leaderboards and go for achievements, but it definitely feels short for $6.99. Also, the leaderboard system has so many different categories that it can be daunting to look through them.

 

Title: Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Price: $6.99
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games

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