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PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures

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Mediocre action platformer tied to the animated show.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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

Positive messages

In the single-player game, you control Pac-Man, a round and yellow hero who fights against a villain by running around various levels, chomping ghosts and other enemies, and using cartoon weapons like ice blasts and fireballs. The message is about defeating evil, but you do so mostly with combat.

Positive role models

There's not much of a backstory to Pac-Man, the game's protagonist, but he seems like a noble, happy hero who wants to stop an evil villain and his henchman. In multiplayer mode, you also can play as the "bad guy" ghosts. Perhaps his character can be better assessed from the TV show of the same name.

Ease of play

Although a little tricky to control at times, the game has a relatively shallow learning curve as you master Pac-Man's movements and attacks.

 

Violence

The game has some cartoon violence, such as chomping on enemies and using magical weapons like ice blasts and shock waves to destroy them. The game also lets you drive vehicles that can shoot projectiles to harm enemies (who disappear once defeated). 

 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The game is based on an animated Disney XD television series of the same name.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures has some animated, over-the-top combat sequences wherein the yellow hero can chomp on ghosts and other enemies, use magic blasts (like fire or ice), consume power-ups to destroy enemies, or hop into vehicles that can shoot projectiles at baddies. There's also a bit of comic mischief in the game: Pac-Man belches loudly.

What's it about?

Based on the animated television series of the same name, PAC-MAN AND THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES stars the famous yellow Pac-Man, the round guy with a yen for chomping scared ghosts and power pellets -- just as in the classic 2-D arcade game from the '80s. In this 3-D adventure, Pac-Man attempts to thwart the evil plans of Betrayus and his Netherworld ghost minions to save PacWorld and its innocent inhabitants. The third-person game lets you run and jump through various stages, munch on power-ups that give Pac-Man special temporary powers (such as bouncing like a pinball, spinning like a top, or freezing ghosts solid), and use wacky fruit-themed vehicles, such as cherry helicopters to lemon spaceships. With the exception of the Nintendo 3DS version, which is a side-scrolling platformer, all versions of this game are the same across platforms.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

It's not going to win any awards for its memorable or unique gameplay, but it's not a bad cartoon adventure for older kids and tweens. In fact, if you can make it through the lame first few minutes of gameplay, you'll find the single-player campaign offers some fun platforming and combat elements -- and a lot of variety between stages, too. A four-person multiplayer mode lets gamers take on the roles of the four mischievous ghosts -- Inky (blue), Blinky (red), Pinky (pink), and Clyde (yellow) -- to see who can catch Pac-Man in a chase through intricate mazes. It's enjoyable -- for a while -- but a bit more depth in the competitive mode would have gone a long way toward adding more replayability. It's also worth noting that you can unlock classic 2-D arcade-style mini games. PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures isn't horrible, but for $30 to $40 you should expect more. Perhaps rent it for a weekend or borrow a friend's game to see if it's for you and your family.

Families can talk about...

  • Most video games based on TV shows and movies don't fare so well. How did Namco Bandai do with this game, which is based on a Disney XD television series? What went right and wrong? 

  • Also, is Pac-Man -- an '80s icon -- still relevant today? Or should he retire?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions
Skills:Self-Direction: achieving goals, time management
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, investigation, solving puzzles
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:November 5, 2013
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Wild animals
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

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Kid, 10 years old April 26, 2014
Kid, 11 years old May 8, 2016

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures: Rated Everyone 10+.

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is the best game, as exciting as the classic (Pac-Man) and TV series (Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures). There's blood animation when Pac-Man eats ghosts. Pac-Man destroys monsters stone, blocks fall to be destroyed. Consumerism due to the Atari 2600 game (Pac-Man for Atari 2600) and NES (Pac-Man), which are well known. There are also comic mischief, as Pac-Man erupts. It would be nice to 10+.
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Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byRokaAndKiel May 28, 2015

Terrible game to be honest

While I like the other games (with the exception of this game's sequel) I don't like this crap. The characters are annoying, the voice acting is earsplitting, and the graphics make my eyes bleed. I really don't like the show either.
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Too much violence

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