Parents' Guide to

Pac-Man Party 3D

By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Classic arcade game hero now in board game.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2011
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Pac-Man Party 3D takes a page out of the Mario Party book and ties together a board game mechanic with interspersed mini-games that give significant advantages to players who can outperform others in quick tests of reflexes and spatial recognition. The 30-year-old yellow icon does not capture the same magic as Mario Party, largely because the board game component is uninspired. The game is designed to be accessible to all players, but as a result it comes across as dry and boring. That being said, the mini-games are great and take advantage of all the 3DS's unique features including the microphone, accelerometer, and 3D visuals. The inclusion of classic arcade games (Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug) is also a very nice feature. There is probably enough fun to be had from this game to make it worth a purchase, but players may need to muddle through some of the game's less inspired gameplay along the way.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: November 8, 2011
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E for Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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