Namco Bandai Games America Inc.’s Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo Co.’s Wii U is a decent platform title that offers varied gameplay and plenty of ghosts to gobble in PacWorld.
In Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, Betrayus and an army of ghosts invade Pac World. Pac-Man, aided by a wave of new power-ups, must eat his way out of danger and send ghosts back to the Netherworld.
The title is separated into themed worlds each with sub-levels. Pac-Man can chomp ghosts, jump, and eat new power-ups that transform him into a variant with a new capability.
Power-ups include Chameleon to lash out with a tongue and use it to swing from poles; Fire Pac to toss fire balls at ghosts to destroy ice ghosts; Ice Pac to freeze ghosts and destroy fire ghosts; Granite Ball Pac to roll over enemies, Spin Pac to draw a path and spin through enemies; and Metal Pack to suck in nearby ghosts and attach to magnetic platforms.
Controls are tight and straight-forward to move and hop through various floating platforms in each world. The power-ups are well integrated into each level and provide a lot of variety throughout. Though the standard chomp action does cause Pac-Man to surge forward which can lead to accidental plunges from a nearby ledge.
Enemies are plentiful and attack Pac with decent speed to require quick reflexes. Element-specific ghosts, in addition to well-structured level design provide a nice challenge.
The title includes Ghost Chase, a four-player local and online multiplayer mode where up to four ghosts compete and chase down Pac-Man in a 3D recreation of classic Pac-Man maps. Each game is fairly quick and doesn’t offer much tension between random power-up attacks and fast deaths.
The graphics engine is decent at 30 frames-per-second. Pac-Man and pals are rendered in a faithful recreation from the animated series with a colorful palette and large platform-based worlds. The sound engine is fair with trademark franchise sounds and standard voice work.
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is a decent platform title for all ages. The latest entry allows Pac-Man to stretch his legs with power-up transformations, good level design, and enough ghosts to keep users chomping for days.