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Pac-Man World Re-Pac

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Bite sized retro remake leaves a nostalgic aftertaste.

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This original game was released back in 1999 to celebrate the then upcoming 20th anniversary of Pac-Man's debut. Now, more than two decades later, Pac-Man World Re-Pac revisits the arcade icon's 3D adventure, rebuilt from scratch for a new generation. The visuals got a noticeable upgrade, with sharper details and more fluid motions. The cast in particular have had complete redesigns, not the least of which being the replacement of Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Baby with "Pac-Mom" and "Pac-Sis" as they're now known. Pac-Man's still got his classic look, but he's been given a few new moves and power-ups to help in his quest. There's even an Easy Mode that gives Pac-Man longer jumps and more platforms to more easily navigate the hazards of Ghost Island.

While a lot of effort went into the updates for Pac-Man World Re-Pac, it's hard to ignore that the game still manages to feel somewhat outdated. The original came out at a time when 3D platformers were a big thing, and even then it felt pretty formulaic. Running around open stages to collect enough pellets to move to the next stage gets repetitive fairly quick. Thankfully, some stages do mix things up with things like cart-style racing or arcade space shooting to break up the monotony. Plus, the relatively short length of the main Quest mode keeps it from being too much of a grind. In the end, Pac-Man World Re-Pac might not breathe new life into the franchise, but it does offer a bite-sized bit of nostalgia for Pac-Man fans to chomp down on.

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