Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Pac-Man and his friends bite into a mediocre platformer.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

No positive messages, but no negative ones, either. Pac-Man fights a villain and his minions, who are mostly ghosts and giant robots.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Very little is known about Pac-Man, but he seems like a happy-go-lucky guy who's loyal to his friends and wants to protect the world from enemies. 

Ease of Play

The controls are easy to pick up and master. Players control a three-dimensional Pac-Man as he runs, jumps, chomps, and fights enemies in a variety of environments.

Violence & Scariness

Some cartoon violence. Pac-Man can use a chomp attack to destroy a ghost or use fantasy power-ups -- such as ice blasts and fireballs -- to attack rivals. On some levels, Pac-Man can pilot vehicles and shoot projectiles. Players also will fight against larger boss enemies at the ends of some levels.

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Consumerism

Like the game that came before it, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 is based on an animated Pac-Man TV series on Disney XD.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 is based on the animated TV series of the same name. Pac-Man and his friends destroy ghosts, robots, and enemy ships to protect their cartoon world from mayhem. Pac-Man runs, jumps, and fights baddies across multiple levels; in some cases, he has friends who climb behind the wheel of a vehicle, such as a helicopter or hoverboard, to shoot at targets. Boss battles often start after Pac-Man grows much larger and fights an enemy to the finish.

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What's it about?

The Pac is back. Following on the heels of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, PAC-MAN AND THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES 2 again focuses on the giant yellow hero, who uses his chomping powers to eat ghosts, collect power pellets and power-ups, and save the innocent PacWorld from the evil Lord Betrayus and his loyal minions. Along with friends Spiral and Cylindria -- who also appear in the animated Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures TV series on Disney XD -- Pac-Man travels to various worlds, outer space, and back in time to the dinosaur era to defeat his nemesis.

Is it any good?

Those who liked the first game will appreciate the familiar controls and characters and will enjoy the variety in game worlds, platforming puzzles, and new enemies created for this game. Berries that transform Pac-Man into temporary fighting machines -- including Fire Pac, Pac-Kong, and PacZilla -- also are a nice touch, as is tapping his friends Spiral and Cyli to control vehicles.

But don't expect a long or deep experience. Although there's a good selection of worlds to visit, the gameplay is more or less the same among them all. It's not horrible -- younger kids and fans of the show will find a few good hours in this value-priced adventure -- but it's certainly nothing special compared to other video games available today.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether the fantasy violence in games such as Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 is OK. Is violence that's clearly fantasy-based -- such as a giant, round, yellow cartoon character who chomps ghosts -- more acceptable than more realistic violence?

  • How important is it to help solve a friend's problem? Are there moments when helping can actually make things worse?

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