Pac-Man World 2 - GBA

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Pac-Man World 2 (GBA)
Also for: PC, PS2, Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Zoo Digital Soft. Co.: Namco
Publishers: Zoo Digital (GB)
Released: 19 Aug 2005 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
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No video game publisher can be accused of letting their corporate mascots lie idle for very long. Mario is busier than ever, and a whole slew of Sonic the Hedgehog titles are currently in development. Likewise, Namco’s Pac-Man is kept on his toes. His simple design allows him to be easily drawn as required by the user him/herself in the impressive Pac-Pix on the Nintendo DS, and before that he was reinvented as a 3D platform adventurer on the Gamecube, PS2 and Xbox, in the solid Pac-Man World games. It’s surprising how versatile a simple circle with a pizza slice taken out of it can be, and Pac-Man impressed us all with his newly perfected ‘Butt Bounce’ technique as well as ice skating and submarine piloting skills.

It’s common these days for the stars of 3D console platformers to also enjoy outings on the mighty GBA, with the point of view mimicked by the time honoured isometric technique. Pac-Man is treated to just such an excursion as the little yellow fellow makes his way onto Game Boy Advance in Pac-World 2. Everybody knows that Pac-Man is the sworn enemy of the ghosts, and this time the spectral rascals have kidnapped all his friends: Ms. Pac-Man, Pac Jr., Baby Pac, Professor Pac, Pooka and even Chomp-Chomp the dog. These abductions by the sinful spirits are all at the instigation of the terrifying Toc-Man, and now all Pac-Man’s pals are hidden away around Ghost Island. Naturally, Pac-Man is the only one that can save them, and the pill popping hero is more powerful than ever before, despite his great age – the release of this game commemorates 20 years since he first appeared on arcade screens. The graphics are styled just like the games on the home consoles, and there are 16 levels to beat. Naturally with so much game to play through, a battery backup feature is included so that you can save your progress. Yet another evolution from a well-loved video game character.