What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mobile-app adaptation of the classic PAC-MAN arcade game is very faithful to the original. Players using an iOS device can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
What Kids Can Learn
PAC-MAN wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
What's it about?
First, choose from one of three control schemes (tilting the device, using an on-screen joystick, or swiping). Then start moving the little yellow Pac-Man around the maze, gobbling up dots and fruit and avoiding or eating ghosts and earning points. For all intents and purposes, the game on this app plays the same as the PAC-MAN that many parents will remember from the early days of video games, with a few additional options and no real-life joystick.
Is it any good?
If you're longing for the good ol' days of storefront arcades, or if you want to introduce your kids to the kind of old-school digital entertainment you grew up on, this mobile version of PAC-MAN is the way to go. It plays exactly like the original, but manages to look better (thanks to 35 years of graphic improvements). It's possible that the game might seem repetitive or overly simple to today's kids, but the appeal of the ghost-eating challenge that made it a hit way back when still stands out.