Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 expands on the original Championship Edition game, but brings it to the current generation. Is there enough here to keep fans of the original interested?
The concept of the original Pac-Man is still here from the board, the ghosts, the power pellets and all of the dots. However, there is a lot more going on in this game than just getting a higher score. Pac-Man is more directed than ever, dots are placed in a breadcrumb style trail that guide you around the stage and helps you activate and build the “train” of ghosts; the other main gameplay feature. All of this is taught to you through 11 mandatory in depth training levels, in order to prepare you for the main meat of the Championship Edition 2.
You will unlock the “Score Attack” mode first, and when you have ranked ‘B’ or higher in a certain level you will unlock the “Adventure” mode. Score attack lasts for 5 minutes and has 8 stages; each stage has a practice mode as well as 2 more difficulty settings, so 32 in total.
There are 3 difficulty modes, and these all revolve around the “train” feature. This is identical to the previous game, but it involves you “waking” up sleeping ghosts who attach to the coloured ghost(s), and once you collect the power pellet you can eat the entire train of them. Higher difficulties increase the number of main coloured ghosts and also the speed of the game and it definitely is very difficult to say the least. It may not be as unforgiving as the original, especially with the fact that you can “bump” into the ghost several times before it gets enraged and tries to eat you, which is a welcome feature, as this game would be impossible without it!
The adventure mode has a further 70 or so levels, 6 stages with boss battles at the end, these involve stages that have specific goals to complete and boss battles which span over multiple stages and finish with you eating a final pellet. It’s a bit disappointing that you don’t physically fight the boss, as this would’ve been very impressive.
The art style is what you’d expect from a Pac-Man game, there are a few varying styles from pixelated to neon visuals. But the gameplay is what is required for a game like this, and it is perfect, from the music to the movement. If you are a fan of the original, then this will feel very familiar, it has lots of replay value and is very addictive. If you’re not a big fan of Pac-Man, this is still definitely worth a try as it is a little easier and provides new gameplay mechanics that should help you feel engaged.
This game was reviewed on the PlayStation 4.
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