A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While the story focuses on the importance of family and friends, it's mainly just a convenient plot device used to send Pac-Man to the different parts of Ghost World to rescue them.
Positive Role Models
Pac-Man and his family are shown to care about each other. Pac-Man is, himself, is meant to be a heroic character, though there's not a lot of deep development to be had from a character that simply runs around eating power pellets.
Pac-Man is a generic character surrounded by other generic characters. They are all designed to fit basic, preconceived stereotypes.
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Ease of Play
Gameplay is simple to pick up and play. Players run, jump, and bounce past obstacles and enemies, eating power pellets and other collectibles while moving through each stage. There's some light exploration for each stage, which challenges players to find specific items to unlock bonus levels.
Violence & Scariness
Pac-Man charges into, bounces on, and chomps a variety of cartoonish enemies. These include skeletons, robots, and of course, the iconic Ghost Gang from the original arcade games. There are also areas where Pac-Man flies a ship, shooting enemies down with blasters. Defeated enemies disappear in a puff of smoke.
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Products & Purchases
The game is a remake of 1999's original Pac-Man World, which was, in turn, meant to celebrate the character's 20th anniversary. Pac-Man is an iconic video game character, and has appeared in a slew of video games, cartoons, toys, collectibles, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pac-Man World Re-Pac is an action/adventure game available on the Xbox Series, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. The game is a remake of 1999's Pac-Man World, which sent the iconic arcade character on a 3D platforming adventure in a quest to save his friends and family. There's some mild violence in the game, with Pac-Man bouncing on enemies, shooting them with a spaceship, etc., but it's very cartoonish in nature and has no graphic depictions of violence. The game has been designed for all ages, with a low difficulty curve and even an easy mode option that can be used on the fly.
Is It Any Good?
This original game was released back in 1999 to celebrate the then upcoming 20th anniversary of Pac-Man's debut. Now, more than two decades later, Pac-Man World Re-Pac revisits the arcade icon's 3D adventure, rebuilt from scratch for a new generation. The visuals got a noticeable upgrade, with sharper details and more fluid motions. The cast in particular have had complete redesigns, not the least of which being the replacement of Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Baby with "Pac-Mom" and "Pac-Sis" as they're now known. Pac-Man's still got his classic look, but he's been given a few new moves and power-ups to help in his quest. There's even an Easy Mode that gives Pac-Man longer jumps and more platforms to more easily navigate the hazards of Ghost Island.
While a lot of effort went into the updates for Pac-Man World Re-Pac, it's hard to ignore that the game still manages to feel somewhat outdated. The original came out at a time when 3D platformers were a big thing, and even then it felt pretty formulaic. Running around open stages to collect enough pellets to move to the next stage gets repetitive fairly quick. Thankfully, some stages do mix things up with things like cart-style racing or arcade space shooting to break up the monotony. Plus, the relatively short length of the main Quest mode keeps it from being too much of a grind. In the end, Pac-Man World Re-Pac might not breathe new life into the franchise, but it does offer a bite-sized bit of nostalgia for Pac-Man fans to chomp down on.
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