Pac-ManGames – Speedy Versions Of The Classics

4.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4/5
Design: 4/5
Duration: 3.5/5

Fast paced versions of classic arcade titles | No interruptions in-game | No IAP

Bit repetitive with only 120 seconds | Could use endless modes too

Namco’s catalog of classic arcade games is the richest around with Pac-Man, Galaga, DigDug, and so many more. They have brought many of their classics to iOS, and provided brand new versions too. Pac-ManGames is their newest addition to the App Store, and it comes with Pac-Man, Galaga, DigDug, Rally-X, Gator Panic, and Pac-Chain all in one app. All six games are special S versions with the S standing for speed mode. For each of the six games you get 120 seconds to score as many points as you possibly can.

The highlight of the app is that all six games scrap the traditional level set-up, and instead there’s just a continuous supply of action for all of the classics. Pac-Man for instance is set-up like Pac-Man CE where there’s only select sets of dots, and you need to eat them all to display the next set. In Galaga, as soon as you blast all the ships, the next wave comes in immediately, and in DigDug new enemies keep appearing. All of the games are high score fests, and you can compete with Game Center & Facebook friends.

You earn coins based on your performance which you can then use to buy speed boosts for Pac-Man, a second ship in Galaga, and more rocks in DigDug. Also, you don’t have only three lives, but instead death just slows you down. All six games provide plenty of variability in one app, and it’s also great to have the six classic titles in one app. Pac-Chain is the one refresh included, and it provides a match three twist on Pac-Man. Each game offers similar controls where your pretty much just swipe to move the various characters, and it’s smooth enough. You can also set-up an avatar and customize it with the coins you earn, and as a bonus there are no in-app purchases for coins.

Pac-ManGames ($2.99, Universal) is filled with short and sweet mini-game versions of the classic arcade titles that are plenty of fun with the various boosts. It’s great to go for the high scores, and play six different games in one app which makes Pac-ManGames a should buy.


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