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Pac-Man World 20th Aniversary

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Pac-Man World 20th Aniversary Publisher: Namco
Category: Action
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: October 1999

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4

Pac-Man is back in Namco's Pac-Man World 20th Anniversary for PlayStation. Gaming magazine EGM made an excellent comment about this game:

"It should play faster."

I never thought of that, but they're right. The original Pac-Man played faster than this. Granted, this is a 3-D platform action game, but a faster speed may have given this title more energy. If Sonic can do it, Pac-Man can do it. For the sequel, Namco should incorporate walking AND running controls.

Pac-Man World has three game play modes. Quest mode contains the meat of the game, with new 3-D platform-based levels. These Mario-ish levels have old-school Pac-Man mazes hidden behind Galaxian doors, kind of like how Konami lets you play its own arcade games in the shops of Mystical Ninja.

Classic mode contains the original Pac-Man, but guess what? There's a huge bug in the game that renders all vertical walls invisible! Oops! I guess that shows how much time they spent on that part!

The third mode is Maze mode. Game play is the same as Classic mode but with new twists. Eighteen mazes are initially available. As you clear mazes in Quest mode, more mazes open up in Maze mode, for a grand total of 36 mazes. Win all 36 mazes back to back and unlock a hidden art gallery. Ooh! An art gallery! Ooh!

The worst aspect of this game is that you can't rotate the camera to see out-of-the-way dots. Since classic Pac-Man has never hidden dots, it seems unfair to hide them now. After all, you can't break a 20 year tradition. This is a fun game that steals elements from Mario 64, but I expect more than six stages in the Quest mode.

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