What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that PAC'N-JUMP is an arcade game for the iPhone and iPad featuring some of the best-known and beloved characters from the 1980s arcade era. It's incredibly similar to Doodle Jump in that it's entirely controlled by tilting the iDevice, which might require more hand-eye coordination than very young players possess. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is it any good?
There's really not a lot that's new with PAC'N-JUMP, but that doesn't stop it from being an eminently enjoyable diversion. Stealing the successful Doodle Jump formula, the game puts Pac-Man on a vertical quest, rather than a maze-based one. And while he still gobbles up dots and power pellets, he also has a series of platforms to help him get higher -- and boost the player's score. The controls are very responsive and rather than being a one-trick pony, players can unlock additional maps that pit Pac-Man against enemies from other classic arcade games, such as Dig-Dug, Rally-X, and Galaga. It's a retro twist on what is already an iDevice gaming classic.