A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There is a very brief and incidental 'story' in the Pac-Man game in which Pac-Man and the ghosts constantly chase each other. This story is displayed in short, silent vignettes in between levels.
Positive Role Models
In the animated Pac-Man vignettes, Pac-Man chases and taunts the ghosts.
Ease of Play
These classic arcade games were designed with the mantra of being simple to play but difficult, nearly impossible, to master. Because they require very simple navigation controls and single button presses, almost anyone can pick up and play it, but only those who practice and play over and over will be able to rack up a huge score.
Violence & Scariness
In the Galaga section of this game, players shoot down enemy creatures, but everything is presented in an old-school, abstract design. There is a modern-day remake of the game which makes the enemies look more organic and increases the frenetic pace, colorful explosions, and pounding sound effects, but it remains in the spirit of the classic decades-old arcade game.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions is a 3D version of the two classic arcade games listed in the title. In addition to remastering the original games in a 3D presentation, these games have been remastered to reflect modern-day graphics and processing power. The Galaga games involve shooting down enemy creatures but the violence has little impact because of the abstract visual style.
Is It Any Good?
Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions is a faithful recreation of the classic arcade titles Pac-Man and Galaga. Although these iconic games have been remade and re-released countless times over the years, this is the first time they have been made in 3D. The new visual style adds excitement and a new vibe to the experience, which is augmented by the completely remade versions of each title as well. The concepts are simple, but the always looming quest for a higher score means they never get old, and it's hard to find two games that fit that mold better than the ones in this compilation.
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