The first week in December 2001 will go down in history as retro puzzle week for the Game Boy Advance. It’s time to get teary-eyed and sentimental with the release of Pac-Man Collection. This collection encompasses three original Pac-Man titles and one updated version. If you love the wacka-wacka guy, this title is made for you.
For those people that joined the video game revolution a little late, Pac-Man is the little pill-eating dude that runs the around single screen maze, avoiding chasing ghosts. Pac-Man is still brilliantly addictive and is worthy of being played to death. It proves that gameplay is so much more important than graphics. You can view the action from afar so you can see the entire screen, or zoom in to see a scrolling close up.
Second on the menu is Pac-Man Arrangement, an updated recipe at the Pac-Man café. New features to the basic formula include power-ups, teleportation locations, strength builders, and many, many more enhancements. The point-of view has changed to a more quasi-pseudo 3D perspective and the tunes have also been updated. Not a bad interpretation of a classic game.
Pac-Attack, let’s be honest, is a blatant rip-off of Tetris and Puyo-Puyo with a few new bells and whistles added. Not that there is anything wrong with borrowing ideas from successful games. Join up similar colours and try to plan your tactics so that little Pac icons fall onto the ghosts to create high-scoring combinations.
Pac-Mania is the 3D interpretation of Pac-Man, it follows pretty much the same formula as the original with one key difference. Pac-Man has been back to school to learn a new technique: jumping. If the situation is suitably hairy enough, Pac-Man can leap through the air with the greatest of ease, leaping over any ghost in his way. Cool, until the ghosts start to jump too.
Pac-Man Collection has solid gameplay and a variety of game choices, definitely worth revisiting. Wacka!