PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+

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I began playing this game in 2015, the 35 year anniversary for Pac-Man. Pac-Man grew to be an iconic classic game. Many versions of Pac-Man games have come out since 1980 trying to cash in on Pac-Man’s greatness. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX brings back the Pac-Man fever on Steam and shows that Pac-Man has aged quite well.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX has the traditional Pac-Man that everyone has loved over the years, but with updated graphics and new modes. There is still that addictive feature that brings players back for more munching of dots, pellets, fruits, and ghosts. The goal is to score as high as possible. I began with score attacks which require you to travel around the maze while being pursued by ghosts in 5 or 10 minutes. It has the feel of the original Pac-Man, but with state of the art graphics. There are various time trials which require you to eat a particular fruit in a limited period of time, but the fruit will reappear only after eating all the required dots in a particular section of the maze. This creates a sense of urgency so that the fruit can appear quickly enough while time is ticking.

PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+

One of the first differences I noticed in this edition of Pac-Man was the availability of bombs to get out of a tight situation. These bombs send all the ghosts back to their home in the center of the screen. I don’t recall having bombs at my disposal when I first played Pac-Man back in the day. As a result of the bombs, you can die less often and focus more on earning high scores. There are many more ghosts in Pac-Man Championship Edition DX than ever and this means you will have more opportunities to gobble up ghosts as soon as you locate and eat a power pellet. One mode that is very interesting is the ghost combo mode which requires you to gobble up as many consecutive ghosts as possible to register the highest number of ghost combos by time the clock reaches zero. It feels really satisfying to eat so many ghosts in such short order. In most of the modes eating as many ghosts as possible is key to attaining very high scores. Besides high scores, there is the motive to unlock more challenging modes by completing the mazes without losing all your lives.

The replay value of this game is through the roof because of the available modes and the desire to score higher and higher every time you play. The sounds of the game are great and still retain the feel of the classic, original Pac-Man. The music intensifies as the clock ticks down to zero.

The leaderboards have plenty of stats, including where you stand worldwide and among your Steam friends. I am surprised that this game doesn’t have more than 12 Steam achievements. It seems to me that there should be more achievements given all the modes and challenges players can accomplish. There is a replay feature that you can use to watch replays of your performance. What I found disappointing about the replay is the inability to save replays. It is cool to have a replay feature, but it would have been cooler to be able to save replays. The low number of Steam achievements and the inability to save replays are probably my only disappointments in this game. However, the game is so well designed and has such great gameplay that they easily overshadow the low number of Steam achievements and the inability to save replays.

PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+

Pac-Man Championship Edition is very addictive and can encourage players to get better and better for a long time. The game design retains the classic feel of the original game and there are various maze skins to choose from for aesthetical purposes. For a price of $10, this arcade game is well worth it as it feels like it retains its great tradition while updating it to look modern. This is high entertainment value for $10 and the game shows that Pac-Man has definitely aged well.

My Score: 9.5 / 10

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