PAC-CHOMP!

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Fuses maze play with match-three for charming fun.

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Educational Value

PAC-CHOMP! wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning, although the match-three gameplay does require kids to use some thinking and reasoning skills.

Ease of Play

The game borrows heavily from similar titles, but has enough twists that users will want to carefully read the rules. Once you have, though, it's very easy to grasp.

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A button on the main menu offers links to other games by the developer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PAC-CHOMP! is a match-three puzzle game like Bejewled, but with a distinct twist. The game takes elements from arcade favorites and inserts them into the standard "match the similarly colored items" gameplay. The puzzles come in two difficulty levels (and one timed gameplay mode), but even the easy ones might be a challenge for very young players. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

Kids choose from Normal, Hard Core, Scramble, or Endless modes, then they are presented with a grid of ghosts and a Pac creature. Players must tap two ghosts or swipe across both to switch. When three ghosts line up, they disappear, more fall into place, and the score adds up. When four ghosts line up, special scoring tokens appear in their place. A separate tutorial is relatively comprehensive, and on-screen hints are helpful.

Is it any good?

Pac-Man and Bejewled might seem an odd mix, but they blend quite well together in PAC-CHOMP! The game is nearly as addictive as the PopCap Games' classic Bejeweled, but still retains the charm of Pac-Man, a beloved arcade standard. Matching ghosts of the same color earns bonus items, which eliminate scores of ghosts when Pac-Man eats them. Match enough ghosts and you'll earn a power pellet, which triggers a bonus stage when eaten. The real fun is in the ability to rotate parts of the screen to move elements around. Determining when that's appropriate adds another layer of strategy to the game, elevating it beyond a simple clone. One word of warning to colorblind players: The ghosts can be hard to discern if your eyes have trouble with shades of blue. That won't affect most people, but it's maddening for those it does.

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For kids who love puzzles and arcade games

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