Pac-Man Battle Royale

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Fun multi-player twist on arcade classic.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

You use a virtual joystick to move your Pac-Man around. It's relatively simple.

Violence & scariness

In this version, Pac-Man can chomp ghosts and other Pac-Men as well. Still, it's no more violent than the original arcade classic.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Consumerism

The app promotes the new stand-up arcade machine version of Pac-Man Battle Royale, which will be appearing in arcades nationwide.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Mostly private. There's a button that links to the game's fan page on Facebook, but it can be viewed without logging in to a Facebook account.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pac-Man Battle Royale is a four-player competitive version of the classic Pac-Man arcade game. Its gameplay is very similar to the original, but has four Pac-Men navigating at once, and they can eat each other as well as the enemy ghosts. Last Pac-Man standing wins. Two to four people play together on one iPad.

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If you've played Pac-Man, you can play PAC-MAN BATTLE ROYALE, but you'll have to use all new strategies and keep on your toes even more than usual. The competitive aspect is a very nice addition, and you can have a blast trying to outrun not only the pursuing ghosts, but also your fellow players. While the one four-player maze is pretty much the entirety of what you get in this app, it makes for a great "huddle game" -- an app for multiple users on the same iPad. The app could be improved by adding the ability to compete with others via WiFi, but if you've got a few friends sitting around and you don't want to pull out the same old board games, this could be a very enjoyable alternative.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 28, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:NamcoBandai Games, Inc.
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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