PAC-CHOMP!

Common Sense Media says

Fuses maze play with match-three for charming fun.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • patterns

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • decision-making
  • part-whole relationships

What Kids Can Learn

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • patterns

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • decision-making
  • part-whole relationships

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free-$1.99
Release date:April 21, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:Namco Networks America Inc. Games
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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