PAC-MAN

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
PAC-MAN App Poster Image
Slick recreation of the classic game with live chat option.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

PAC-MAN wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

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
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRarityfan October 13, 2018

So few reviews?

It is the much beloved Pac-Man after all. For Halloween fun I recommend you to be frightened by watching the infamous Atari 2600 version on Youtube.
Adult Written bykko315 October 9, 2018

PacMan game

The game is exciting. I like playing the game.
Kid, 9 years old September 14, 2010
Kid, 9 years old October 18, 2010

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

For kids who love arcade games

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