Review: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

Pac-Man is a rare example of a video game character that transcends age.

Anyone is capable of enjoying a traditional Pac-Man game as long as they're old enough to know not to gum the controller. That doesn't mean Namco Bandai is content to let the Pacster's marketing potential go to waste, hence the yellow fella's multimedia redesign. First stop: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, a 3D platforming title that ties in with the new cartoon series of the same name.

Like its animated source material, the Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures game is bright, colorful, full of cheesy jokes, and covered with more slime than the inside walls of a garbage bin. Pac-Man and his pals now attend the adorably-named Maze High, where they presumably learn the basics of pellet-munching and ghost-gobbling. However, Pac-Man quickly gets a permanent hall pass when it becomes evident that he's the only member of his species capable of putting down the evil Betrayus and his gaggle of ghosts.

The story for the Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures game ties directly into the animated series, with the target audience for both being between the ages of seven and 12. The game's platforming action takes few risks and is pretty to look at, another indicator that this "new" Pac-Man is engineered to capture young hearts and minds.

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