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Slick recreation of the classic game with live chat option.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are three control schemes to choose from. The four-direction D-pad works fine; the virtual joystick that you swipe with your finger to move functions very smoothly and is probably the best choice; and the accelerometer (tilt your device in the direction you want Pac-Man to move) is super difficult to use.

Violence & scariness

Pac-Man eats ghosts.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Old jokes about "power pellets" aside, there's nothing in here...

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'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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:August 22, 2012
Category:Arcade Games
Size:3.90 MB
Publisher:Namco Networks America Inc. Games
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later, Android 1.6 and up

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Kid, 9 years old September 14, 2010
Kid, 9 years old October 18, 2010

same old th-wait this is fun!

yeah same old thing
Teen, 16 years old Written byShateraa September 9, 2010


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