PAC-MAN

 
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Learning(i)

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
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. 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. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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 kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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?

QUALITY
 

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
Price:$4.99
Release date:August 22, 2012
Category:Arcade Games
Size:3.90 MB
Publisher:Namco Networks America Inc. Games
Version:3.3.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later, Android 1.6 and up

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 9 years old September 14, 2010
Teen, 16 years old Written byShateraa September 9, 2010
Kid, 9 years old October 18, 2010
 

same old th-wait this is fun!

yeah same old thing

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