Pac-Man Party

Common Sense Media says

Decent mini-game set, plus sweet retro games included.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

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What's it about?

PAC-MAN PARTY is essentially a collection of mini-games that you can play as Pac-Man or one of several other retro game characters. But there is a storyline as well, which centers around the theft of cookies -- which are apparently Pac-Man's favorite food. As you move around a game board and play mini-games on different spaces, you're doing so with the intention of finding the stolen cookies. The mini-games themselves are vary greatly, ranging from bowling and billiards to battles with a giant squid or robotic teddy bear. The game disc also contains the original classic versions of Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig-Dug.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Is it fun for parents and kids to play video games together? Does a retro character like Pac-Man, presented in a very modern format, help to bring generations together for play?

  • Old-school original versions of games like Pac-Man and Dig-Dug are included here. Is there anything about those old games that seems better than the way new video games are made? Can children understand why their parents used to enjoy games like that?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:November 16, 2010
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysmashwolf88 April 18, 2011
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pac or mario party?

its just mario party but with pacman so inconcluion just a video board game with tons of mini games
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old April 15, 2014
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Not that good

I spend 20$ on something I did not like
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 April 7, 2012
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Good family game

I got this game today and it's really fun. I haven't played mulitiplayer, but it will probably be more fun to play the mini-games with someone else. Anyway, the game has good graphics and really fun mini-games. There's not much that would alarm parents, so it's a good family game for kids 9+. Also, the story mode boss battles sends a good message about teamwork and cooperation. Violence: Some mild cartoonish violence in the mini-games and boss battles. Some of the bosses may be creepy to younger kids. But nothing too scary. Consumerism: Based off the popular arcade game, Pac-Man.
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
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