Rating

B-

Specific Ratings

GameplayB+
GraphicsB
Learning CurveB
Replay ValueB-
SoundC+

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • 4 games in 1!
  • Colorful graphics and classic sound effects.
  • Low price.
Cons
  • Seeing even more Pac-Man games would've been nice.

Pac-Man Collection (Game Boy Advance)

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Summary

4 classic Pac-Man games (Pac-Man, Pac-Mania, Pac-Attack, and the new Pac-Man Arrangement) in one GBA cartridge!

Description

Namco gives us classic Pac-Man action in this Gameboy Advance Title.

Pac-Man: Classic Pac-Man with all the blips, bloops, dots, fruit, and ghosts you could want is here. Gameplay is pretty much unchanged from the Arcade. Any nostalgic or 80's fan would be enticed. What more can you say?

Pac-Mania: A 3/4 isometric type Pac-Man game with more ghosts, mazes, and a new jumping ability. The music is a bit odd, and the jumping ability combined with unlimited continues makes this a pretty easy Pac-Man revival.

Pac-Man Arrangement: A new entry into the Pac-Man history, Pac-Man arrangement combines classic Pac-Man play with updated graphics and new stages and power-ups. Enemies can now be powered up by combined with a new blue ghost to become more powerful. Stages now include jumps and warps and multiple levels. Again, this is a watered down Pac-Man because of the unlimited continues and new power-ups (which practically make each stage a breeze). Music isn't too great, but the graphics are nice.

Pac-Attack: A little known Pac-Man puzzle game that plays a lot like Tetris. Puzzle pieces fall from above and you must place them in rows to eliminate them. However, combined with some blocks are ghosts, which only a Pac-Man block can eliminate. Strategically placing ghosts is key, as there are many more ghost than there are Pac-Man blocks. Placing ghosts in odd places can block rows from being cleared and make keeping the stack down a problem. This game's graphics and sound are pretty dated, but the challenge is still there (perhaps, too challenging). Difficult to learn, and even more difficult to master, this game seems to get too difficult too quickly. A decent puzzler none-the-less.

Overall, this Pac-Man collection is a great addition to any GBA library, especially fans of the Pac-Man line-up. The low price is enticing enough; and although the games are overall pretty decent, the package isn't worth $30.

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