Pac-Man World Re-Pac Review – LadiesGamers

Game: Pac-Man World Re-Pac
Genre: Action, 3D Platformer
System: Nintendo Switch (also on Steam (Windows & Linux), Xbox and PS4)
Developer|Publisher: Now Production, Namco Hometek | Namco Bandai Games
Age Rating: EU 7+ | US Everyone
Price: US $29.99 | UK £35.99 | EU € 29,99
Release Date: August 26th, 2022

Review code provided with many thanks to Namco Bandai.

Pac Platformer

Pac-Man is one of the most recognisable characters in video games to date. Best known for his original arcade masterpiece which is a title I still dabble in today when I need that quick arcade fix. Pac-Man would not only light up the arcades with various iterations of his game, he would also move into different genres in the console realm.

This brings us to Pac-Man World, originally released on the original Playstation (or PSone) this was a 3D platformer that I actually didn’t get a chance to play until the game would re-release on the Playstation Network for PS3 and PSP. It ended up being a title that came across as a hidden gem.

During the time the big hitters like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon would take most of the spotlight. But it must have done well enough in sales as the Pac-Man World series would see two sequels on PS2. Some gems are not always lost, fast forward to today and Pac-World gets a remaster titled Re-Pac. If you love your 3D platformers then this is well worth your time and attention. 

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You shouldn’t pat the spider

Save the Pac Family

Those dastardly ghosts are up to no good again. This time, they don’t just chase Pac-Man down and destroy him in one hit like they did in the old arcade days. They instead decide to kidnap all his family members who for some reason decided to celebrate Pac-Man’s birthday in isolated spots around the venue. Maybe there is some Pac-Man family drama the game is not telling us about.

Anyways as Pac-Man it’s your job to travel to ghost island to rescue your family and eat some ghosts in the process. The game keeps its story segments short and to the point. Unlike so many games these days it doesn’t waste your time. Instead it’s throwing you straight into the platforming action. The story is certainly not original and groundbreaking but gets the job done.

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It’s important you rescue the dog

Eat Up Everything

Pac-Man World follows a familiar structure for old school 3D platformers. Travel through a few levels defeating baddies before taking on the boss, then moving on to a newly themed area. Though the game is in 3D you are mostly working your way to the right of the screen much like a 2D platformer. There is a large emphasis on collectibles in the game. As you make your way through the levels you will find various pieces of fruit, one of many nods to the original arcade games. These can then be used to unlock doors to find more collectibles, such as letters to spell out Pac-Man. Collect all the letters and you get access to a bonus stage where you can collect even more goodies to increase your high score.

A bit of niggle here is the game does rely heavily on finding a fruit piece, then backtracking to the matching locked door. It’s a touch repetitive especially if you want to collect absolutely everything in the game. You can also play through a maze mini-game where you collect familiar pellets and a power pellet which will increase Pac-Man size dramatically and allow you to chomp up the ghosts who will now flee in terror from you. Once the screen is cleared you return to the game. As a massive fan of the original arcade game, these segments were a lot of fun. You can even replay them later gunning for a higher score in the main world hub. 

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Nom nom nom

Butt-Bounce for the Win

Controls are simple and easy to use. In the first few levels, the game will present optional hint boards which will go through the basic moves available to you. You can charge up a dash move to run into enemies, activate platforms and run up steep inclines. The pellets you collect can be flung at enemies or charged up to throw a large bomb. Lastly, the most significant move is the butt-bounce, your main method of defeating enemies and reaching higher ground. If in doubt butt-bounce. This was often my go to move to the extent I forgot about the other moves at least against enemies.

Compared to the original game, Re-Pac generally keeps the heart and soul of the original. An additional health bar has been added. The most notable change is the option to access an easy mode. This makes the platforming segments of the game more manageable by adding additional platforms and also adding a floaty jumbo move. Strangely it doesn’t increase the health bar further so the boss fights still maintain that hearty challenge. Generally the difficulty is simple to moderate. Extra lives are consistently obtained through levels and if you do collect everything you will be awarded more at the end of the level as your score is tallied up.

Checkpoints are pretty frequent throughout the levels preventing frustration. The boss fights are where the challenge spikes. But I found this a satisfying challenge. Encounters start with a chase scene before pitting you head to head with the big bad making the experience layered and memorable.

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Mini-games relieve the joy of the original arcade game

Big Pac Smile

Graphics are where the game had the biggest change from the original. It is still presented in this family friendly design that is suitable for everyone. Only this time the environments and character sprites are significantly more detailed. Pac- Man has a constant giant warming smile on his face and explores various themed worlds from pirates to outer space. Each of these worlds has appropriate hazards and themes which match the setting differentiating them from other worlds.

The soundtrack is over the top cheerful and of course the sound effects have that familiar arcade feel from the classic game. I for one have a huge soft spot for the rustic look of the original PSone game and was slightly disappointed the game was unable to offer this as an option. However, you are offered two performance options, one that focuses on graphics and one focusing on performance.

As is my preference I always choose performance over graphics and I have to say that even playing in this mode runs beautifully on TV or handheld. The minor dip in graphics was barely noticeable. I encountered a single glitch which was usually with the sprint move where Pac-Man would just stand still while charging a spring. Only you would still see a cloud of dust behind him which just made it look like he was doing a fart. Funny indeed and it didn’t interfere with the gameplay experience. Another minor niggle is Pac-Man doesn’t move his mouth when he collects pellets which felt like a bit of a missed opportunity.

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Butt Bounce will solve most of your problems

Conclusion – High Score

Pac-Man World Re-Pac is a great opportunity to experience a lost PSone gem on modern consoles. The formula can get a little repetitive in places but this niggle is minor compared to the overall fun I had with the game. The platforming is enjoyable, the moves are fun to use and most of all it cleverly weaves in aspects of the arcade game which brought a smile to my face almost as large as Pac-Mans. Whether you are familiar with Pac-Man or not this is a very good 3D platformer that hasn’t lost its charm all these years later.

Final Verdict: I Liked it a Lot

I like it a lot

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