Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures – Nintendo Wii U Reviews

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures – Nintendo Wii U

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures - Nintendo Wii U

Pac is back in an all new experience for a whole new generation of fans. Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures game has an original story that is inspired by the show as well as all the charming characters from the highly anticipated Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures animated series created and produced by Avi Arad, acclaimed director and founder of Marvel Studios. The story begins as the menacing ghosts escape from the creepy Netherworld to invade PacWorld. These frightening ghosts, ghouls, and goblins wreak havoc on the population and cause nothing but trouble wherever they go. Pac and his pals rise to the challenge of protecting their home and embark on an epic battle. Pac and his 2 best friends, Spiral and Cylindria, rise to the challenge of protecting their home, in a big, bustling, bonkers world of action, adventure, and just plain wackiness. All the while fighting for: Friendship, Freedom and the Future. Pac is Back.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
A-Maze-Ing, November 5, 2013
This review is from: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures – Nintendo Wii U (Video Game)

Platformers have never quite been the same since the end of the PS2 era. It’s a genre that has mainly fallen into the hands of various indie developers, who seem to try and reinvent the wheel several times with each passing year. Sure, we’ll get our Marios and Donkey Kongs, but for the most part, platformers have become an increasingly less marketable genre. Heck, even the latest Banjo game had the formerly lovable mascot driving Lego-esque vehicles. As a whole, the market has become incredibly cynical, and not open to games that, well, feel like games, and most of the AAA platformers we do get are stale or outright bad, with the exception of most Nintendo products.

Which brings me to Namco, who has had a very similar struggle to reinvent Pac-Man, its flagship character for over 30 years. You name the genre, there’s been a game with his bright, rounded face on the cover. Yet, with the exception of a string of great 3D platformers about a decade ago, and some wonderfully trippy Championship Edition entries, the old dog has relied mainly on ports and retreads to survive, while his wife has been a permanent fixture in bowling alleys, laundromats, and bars the world over (along with Galaga, of course.)

So it’s fitting then, that these two struggles collide headfirst in “Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures”, an attempt to reboot the character inside of a 3D platformer. The result is a refreshingly uncynical romp that hearkens back to the early 2000’s, when a game didn’t have to do anything more than be a game. Surprisingly, in today’s cutthroat world of people criticizing games for not having enough “emotion”, this carefree formula delivers in spades.

There’s not much here in the way of narrative, but for formality’s sake, here’s the basic set-up. Pac-Man is a student in a futuristic city, which is suddenly set upon by ghosts led by the evil Betrayus. After surviving the initial onslaught of them, however, he discovers that his two best friends have been kidnapped, and that the villain has also taken a volatile device known as the Fridgidigitator. That’s pretty much it, but honestly, you’re not left wanting for much more than that. The dialogue is cute and even charmingly clever at times, like some of the better Saturday morning cartoons out there. But then again, nobody’s necessarily playing a Pac-Man game for the plot.

So that leaves us with what really drives a game in this series, and that is the gameplay itself. And even though I can’t believe the words being typed right now, it must be stated that this game is absolutely wonderful on that front. This is one of the rare modern, 3D platformers that succeeds on almost every conceivable level at being a fun, engaging, and progressively challenging little adventure. The controls are smooth throughout, ensuring that every life lost feels like the fault of the player, and not of faulty development. Movement is incredibly fluid, with Pac-Man himself having jumps that have a satisfying weight yet forgiving float to them, and a brisk running pace that finds that nice balance between a sprint and a jog. Whether they’re outrunning a dragon’s deadly fire blasts in a cavern, or jumping between disappearing platforms above a city, players can count on the tight controls to carry them through their adventures. Impressively, that carries over to the combat, which can be a messy affair in most platformers. Here, though, it’s kept pretty simple, and plays out like a pared-down version of the “Batman” Arkham series’ system of melee combat; Pac-Man’s basic attack is a chomp, which can be chained between each enemy and lead to combos that allow him to activate a special “scare” move. Everything here is simple, but it works exactly how it should, which is more than can be said for a lot of games these days, regardless of the genre.

Namco-Bandai went the extra mile, though, and added in an element that could have either made the game or broken it, and it’s pleasing to say that the former occurred. The power-ups in “Ghostly Adventures” are a sheer delight, and elevate the game to a level that’s head and shoulders above the competition. None of them feel gimmicky or tacky in the slightest, each of them contributing something to the wide variety of worlds. Obstructed by a lava geyser? Freeze it as Ice-Pac, then use it to hop to the next area. Want to bounce between a maze of vertical walls? Turn into Rubber-Pac and bounce away. The other power-ups are just as fun, and allow to do everything from shoot elemental blasts, magnetize yourself to metal surfaces, or turn into the Pac-Man equivalent of a Katamari ball, except with more destruction and less collecting stuff. These are all very charming little abilities, and add an extra layer of depth to the game overall, making it one with more variety than others out there.

Altogether, the game really plays like a dream. Levels are not…

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pac-fun for the whole family!, November 5, 2013
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JC SD “jeancarleo” (San Diego, CA USA) –

This review is from: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures – Nintendo Wii U (Video Game)
Even though I’m a Pac-Man fan since the 80’s, this game feels like Pac-Man world but more like a Super Mario 64 game.
The graphics are beautiful and the difficulty it’s like that of Mario 64. I love the game and would highly recommend this title to any Pac-man fan. It sure is a welcoming title for younger generations but the whole family would enjoy it.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Super Mario Pac-Man Style, November 2, 2013
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This review is from: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures – Nintendo Wii U (Video Game)
The game is a must have for fans for the Pac-Man franchise though obviously meant for the younger generation with this game it’s still a fun and entertaining one to play for almost everyone especially those fans of Mario Bros too. The game style feels almost exactly like Super Mario’s Bros throughout each level from battling enemies to power-ups which are a mixture of unique and others copied somewhat like with the fire/ice abilities Pac gets and some levels.

The graphics are great and the soundtrack fits nicely throughout the levels again though it plays almost exactly like a Mario game so if you have played those games you’ll feel a sense of deja vu though don’t let that turn you away from this game overall it’s still a fun one. So for fans of the Pac-Man and looking for a new game here’s one to take a look at.

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