A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game's clearest overall message is one about having fun with family and friends. However, in the story mode, Pac-Man is pursuit of cookies.
Positive Role Models
In the story mode, the villainous ghosts are mean and taunt Pac-Man quite a bit. But Pac-Man himself is a more noble hero.
Ease of Play
Controls vary from one mini-game to the next, but on average, they work well. The instructions to most of the mini-games are quite easy to follow, but there could definitely be a better explanation of the rules in the larger board game mode.
Violence & Scariness
There's some minor cartoony violence in a few of the mini-games. In one, you'll stomp on big spiders; in another you'll toss harpoons at a giant squid (no blood); and in another, you'll rip stuffing from a tremendous teddy bear robot. No characters are ever really hurt.
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Products & Purchases
The game is marketed as a celebration of the Pac-Man character's 30th anniversary.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pac-Man Party is a collection of mini-games, presented in a board game fashion, intended for up to four players. Pac-Man and other old '80s video game characters appear within. There is some minor violence in a few of the mini-games, but on the whole, there's not much to worry about as far as objectionable content goes.
Is It Any Good?
Pac-Man Party was released as a celebration of the 30 anniversary of the original Pac-Man arcade game. As such, it could have been an afterthought to developers, but it turns out to be a surprisingly fun package of mini-games. The cookie-hunting storyline is admittedly lame, and the rules to the board game that frames the mini-games can be a tad hard to grasp. But the mini-games themselves are quite enjoyable. There's a ton of variety among them and a lot of very creative premises -- something we can truly appreciate in a market flooded with Wii mini-game collections. Plus the whole package is made all the sweeter by the inclusion of three old-school arcade games that will entice parents and (hopefully) intrigue curious kids.
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