Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Friendship and heroics mark fun re-creation of arcade alum.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pacster assumes responsibility for taking down Betrayus, and his loyal friends never leave his side in the fight. Betrayus rules by fear and intimidation, which causes some dissent among his minions.

Violence & Scariness

Rayguns shoot light beams that pierce ghosts, who self-heal in seconds. Others immobilize and capture the enemies. The villains' attacks on Pac-World leave explosions and building collapses in their wake. Pacster eats the ghosts he encounters and, in some cases, regurgitates their eyes, but it's a benign process. Some of the spirits are menacing, including the leader, Betrayus, who's out to dominate Pac-World out of spite. Characters are taken prisoner and threatened with execution.

Sexy Stuff

Pinky has a crush on Pacster and believes the feeling is mutual, which leads her to come to his rescue on some occasions. Pacster and his friends take advantage of her affections when they're in danger as well.

Language

Some name-calling, especially targeted at Pacster, who's called "butterball," "little chubby guy," "lemonball," and the like.

Consumerism

The show is inspired by a classic video game and associated with a line of toys.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is an animated series that's loosely based on the classic video game. Both Pac-Man and his universe have undergone significant makeovers to modernize them, and the visual effect will appeal to today's kids. The story follows the yellow orb's efforts to defend his world from an army of poltergeists, whom he can ingest but everyone else must fend off with guns. There's no blood, and the concept of death is overshadowed by the characters' power-ups and -downs. Central to the story is a strong friendship that works to the protagonists' favor against the forces that threaten peace in their world.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written bymaddox121 March 7, 2016

Who cares about the name calling, It still sends a good message!

The name calling is about the same as a normal show on a Disney network, i watched it on Netflix, and the name calling is only like 2 times per episode, it IS a... Continue reading
Parent of a 12 year old Written bytintinruaza July 24, 2015

Nice and funny !

This show has been making me laugh so hard since I first watched it, specifically the 10th episode of the series. Ha ha ha!!
Teen, 14 years old Written bywhippersnapper.com June 30, 2013

an epic show that must be also seen and dubbed in japan

The greatest CGI tv show ever and it has a little violence and there is not a lot of deaths in this show. its more famous then eon kid
Kid, 11 years old June 20, 2013

My Review

Ok i'm the first one to review this, let me start. Pacman sounds like a little boy, The name of the show is not Pacboy and the ghostly adventures.The anima... Continue reading

What's the story?

When Pac-Man (a.k.a. "Pacster") (voiced by Erin Matthews) takes a wrong turn in the maze on the way home from school, he accidentally opens a portal to the nether realm ruled by Betrayus (Sam Vincent) and policed by his army of ghosts. Pacster's mistake is just what Betrayus needs to stage a takeover of Pac-World and exact revenge for his banishment long ago, and suddenly the happy land is overrun by ghosts. Now it's up to Pacster, the last of the fabled defenders of peace, and his best friends, Cilindria (Andrea Libman) and Spiral (Vincent again), to save the world from Betrayus' evil plans.

Is it any good?

Far from the two-dimensional dot-matrix world of his classic video game, PAC-MAN AND THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES gives Pacster an intriguing back story, a couple of comical BFFs, and a selfless purpose of saving the world to fulfill his destiny. Known as "The Yellow One" by his enemies, the last of a race lethal to the ghosts and thought to be extinct, Pacster faces his heroic destiny head-on and shoulders responsibility for the entire world. What's more, he leans on his friends for help and turns to others for guidance when it's needed. In other words, there's a lot of potential in this vibrant, action-packed series.

As is to be expected in modern incarnations of classic characters, advances in animation technology put a whole new spin on Pac-Man and his world. The show does retain a few vestiges of the original game (Pac still chomps on colored berries, he can power up and down, and some of the sound effects recall the game's), but mostly it's an entirely new story designed for a new generation of fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idea of destiny. Kids: Do you think you're "destined" to do or be something in particular? What of your special skills and qualities seem suited to this course? What do you want to accomplish in your life?

  • What role does Pacster's friendship with Spiral and Cilindria play in his success against Betrayus and his ghosts? Why is it easier to face a difficult challenge when you're not alone? Who are your closest friends? What makes them so special to you?

  • How does this Pac-Man character compare to what you know of the original one? Why do you think the show's creators decided to re-create him and his story? What gives a character staying power with fans? Do you think this one has it?

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