Pac-Man Museum + brings the ups and downs of Bandai Namco’s mascot




Pac-Man Museum+ brings arcade gaming to current platforms

Photo: Bandai Namco/Promotion

The 42-year-old Pac-Man is one of gaming’s greatest icons, a role anyone who’s been exposed to video games their entire lives recognizes.and can see (and play) a good portion of this track Pac-Man Museum+a collection released by Bandai Namco in late May.

There are some notable absences, most notably Ms. Pac-Man, and maybe some 3D action stage games with characters, like Pac-Man World from the first-gen PlayStation, but overall, the 17-game pack includes many of Yellow Acorn’s best games and some of its weaker titles. return.

highs and lows

The original arcade from 1980, the first big hit in arcades, and the Super Pac and Pac-Man versions explored the maze formula with some changes in the rules. Pac-Mania is a must-have game for fans of Bandai Namco’s mascots, and it looks stunning on modern 4K TVs.

An addictive addition is Pac-Attack, a game released for the Super Nintendo in 1992 that brought Pac-Man and Ghosts to a Tetris-esque puzzle. There are also two versions of Pac-Man Arrangement: an arcade original in 1996 and a version released for the PSP in 2005, in another series, the Namco Museum Battle Series.

Among the most unusual games are the curious Pac-Motos, an isometric fighting game derived from the Japanese arcade Motos and previously released for the Nintendo Wii, and the addictive Pac N Roll, a Marble Madness-style platformer and puzzle games, previously it was only available for the Nintendo DS. Too bad the controls in this latest game aren’t as accurate as the game demands.



The collection contains 17 Pac-Man games from different eras

The collection contains 17 Pac-Man games from different eras

Photo: Bandai Namco/Promotion

The latest releases in the series include the excellent Pac-Man Champion Edition (one of the best games ever made in my opinion) and the mobile game Pac-Man 256, a multiplayer-enabled No microtransaction version. The highlight that completes the series is Pac-Man Battle Royale, a 2010 arcade game with sensational multiplayer competitive play.

On the other hand, there are also weaker games like Pac-In-Time, a platformer released for the Super Nintendo in 1994, which wasn’t a big deal at the time. Now imagine that. A similar case is Pac-Land, an infinite runner game released in 1984 that deserves more curiosity.

Lack of recent action and platformers, especially ladies. Pac-Man, very feeling. Pac-Man’s Girlfriend starred in one of the most important arcade games of the 1980s, but it’s not mentioned anywhere in the series. For example, her doll is not included in the Gacha that players can collect. reason? The legal dispute over intellectual property between Bandai Namco and Midway has been going on for decades.

Precautions

This pack is fun and brings several great games for gamers of all ages. It’s amazing to see how the original Pac-Man’s clever game design remains fun and addicting 40 years later.



Pac-Man Museum+ - Note 7

Pac-Man Museum+ – Note 7

Photo: Game Start / Promotion

Each game has tons of additional information and several collectibles to unlock, such as arcade cabinets, soundtracks, and 3D models of gacha-style characters. A few extras are missing, but the biggest problem is that to unlock everything, you’ll have to play all the games in the pack for a long time — even the not-so-great ones.

Pac-Man Museum+ is available for PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One. The game is included in the Xbox Game Pass catalog.

*This review was done on Xbox Series X.

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