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PAC'N-JUMP

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Not too original, but still a fun platform hopping game.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Like in Doodle Jump, Pac-Man's goal is to get as high as possible. Players move him up a series of panels and pellets by tilting the screen.

Violence & scariness

Pac-Man deflates when he hits enemies. Some shoot fire, but in a very cartoony fashion. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The menu screen has a link to the developer's other apps -- and the game is loaded with characters from existing Namco arcade games. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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QUALITY

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.  

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:April 7, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:Namco Networks America Inc. Games
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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