A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There are no messages put forward in the game, aside from possibly persevering from one match to the next or one maze to the next as you try to get a high score or outlast the other players in the Battle Royale.
Positive Role Models
Pac-Man doesn't have a character arc or development. His goal is simply to eat pellets and ghosts with power pellets. In this game, the option to eat your fellow competitors arises as well, meaning that it's every Pac-Person for themselves.
Ease of Play
Players move through mazes, eating pellets and avoiding ghosts. The trick is in maneuvering past closing spirits or other opponents, while collecting power-ups and fruit. Unfortunately, significant network lag and hit or miss power-up collection makes accurate movement and avoidance of hazards harder than it should be.
Violence & Scariness
Players try to eat ghosts and other players once they eat power pellets, while avoiding ghosts or opponents. But characters disappear when eaten, without any blood or gore shown.
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Products & Purchases
This game is based off the classic arcade game Pac-Man, which has created multiple games, toys, TV shows, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle is an arcade game exclusively for Google Stadia. Similar to the classic arcade game, this title puts players in charge of Pac-Man as he runs around a maze, gobbling up pellets and fruit while avoiding ghosts. Players can eat ghosts, and, in a twist here, other rival Pac-People when they eat a power pellet, but there's no blood or gore shown when this happens. While there's no inappropriate content, players should be aware that some technical glitches and slowdown could frustrate the experience for them.
Is It Any Good?
Taking an arcade classic and adding battle royale-styled action sounds like a winner, but technical flaws, shallow play, and a limited audience really leaves you hungry for more substance. Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle tosses players into a maze filled with pellets and ghosts, and tasks you to eat as much as you can before you're caught by these spirits. But the addition of power-ups that appear onscreen to possibly help or hinder your movements in the maze, along with other players that can invade your map, adds unpredictability to the gameplay. Since you'll be trying to outlast up to 63 other players in these maps, players have to keep their eyes out for threats from all sides, which can be challenging. Depending on how many points you gather, the challenges that you complete, and how high you are in the rankings, you'll earn in-game currency to customize the look of your Pac-Man and the mazes you explore.
While this sounds like a can's miss title, Tunnel Battle's first pitfall is technical where frequent lag and slow command recognition drains its pace to a steady crawl. Running over a power up or making a turn takes seconds to be recognized during play, even on a wired ethernet connection. This could cause you to overcorrect to make sure the game responds the way you want it to, which is fine if you're not being chased, but deadly if someone or thing is on your tail. Secondly, not many people are playing this game right now, so you'll frequently face off against limited competition or waiting on game sessions to begin because there aren't enough players to face. But what also hurts is the lack of depth. You can unlock cosmetic elements to the mazes and your Pac-Man to make them stand out, but ultimately, even with random challenges, you can experience everything the game has to offer within five minutes. As a result, if you were looking to sink your teeth into Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle, you'll be disappointed to find that it's more of an appetizer than a meal.
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