Pac-Man World Re-Pac Review
In 1999, Namco released the original Pac-Man world on the PlayStation 1 as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the classic arcade game. Pac-Man world wanted to bring Namco’s iconic mascot into the modern age in the form of a 3D platformer, mainly based on the Crash Bandicoot Series. Since then 23 years have passed Pac-Man world launched for the PS1, and now the game is back Pac-Man World Re-Pac.
Pac-Man World Re-Pac is a full remake of the original Pac-Man world Game that greatly improves the graphics while keeping the PS1 game’s level design for better and for worse. The game begins with Pac-Man’s family and friends being abducted by ghosts, and so the title yellow hero sets out to rescue them. As you might have guessed, this involves traversing different themed worlds and collecting collectibles in typical 3D platformer fashion.
Pac-Man World Re-Pac has levels themed after pirates, carnivals, factories and more, with most of the stages being memorable Crash Bandicoot‘s mix of side scrolling and 3D level design. The main objective is to reach the end of the stage, but players can also hunt hidden letters that spell PACMAN, collect fruit, hoard points and free their kidnapped family members, provided they have the key. Unfortunately, the collect-a-thon aspect of Pac-Man World Re-Pac is one of the biggest downsides, as almost every collectible requires players to back out, artificially inflating the game’s length and affecting its pace.
The excessive backtracking in Pac-Man World Re-PacThe levels of get old quickly, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. Fans of ’90s 3D platformers will enjoy playing through the game, even if they don’t have any nostalgia for the original release. Each world only has four levels, so the themes don’t take away from their welcome and the way the game incorporates classics Pac Man Features in 3D Platformer stages is clever.
Most levels have hidden mazes for players to find such as: Pac Man Arcade game where players have to eat all the dots while avoiding ghosts. If players are able to snag a Power Pellet, Pac-Man grows larger and can turn the tables on the ghosts. These hidden mazes are a nice distraction from the core platforming gameplay, but things like dots and power pellets can also be found in the 3D platforming sections, giving Pac-Man the power to take out patrolling ghosts that would otherwise be invulnerable.
hardcore Pac Man Fans will make the most of it Pac-Man World Re-Pac and its allusions to the past. Those who manage to beat the game will even unlock an arcade cabinet with which to play the original Pac Manso even if someone isn’t impressed with the main game, Pac-Man World Re-Pac at least gives players a chance to play one of the best arcade games of all time.
Unlock the classic Pac Man Arcade cabinet requires players to hit Pac-Man World Re-Pac, and it doesn’t take long at all. Most will be able to do this in five hours or less. Pac-Man World Re-Pac is a short game, but it’s hard to complain when it comes at a great price of $30 and includes the classic arcade game as part of the package.
Pac-Man World Re-Pac is not only short, but also very simple. There is virtually no challenge to the game, with frequent checkpoints and death having little to no consequence. Pac-Man World Re-Pac showers players in 1-ups, with plenty to find throughout the levels and some rewarded for high achievements at the end. Each level ends with a slot machine that gives players even more free lives if successful, but since players will already have so many 1-ups, the slot machine soon becomes a nuisance.
The last boss fights in Pac-Man World Re-Pac is also annoying, mostly due to the length of time and hit detection issues. Without going into spoilers, Pac-Man World Re-PacThe final boss of requires players to hit their feet with points, but sometimes these hits don’t register, which can cause frustration. The boss has three distinct phases, with non-skippable cutscenes setting up each phase. Die to the last boss in Pac-Man World Re-Pac means repeating the non-skippable cutscenes and fairly boring gameplay, although it’s fun to fight the rest of the game’s bosses.
Pac-Man World Re-PacThe other boss fights are a highlight of the experience, as each encounter is at least slightly challenging compared to the rest of the game and offers a unique fight. One boss fight is against a flying pirate ship, while another is like a Mario Kart-Style racing against evil clowns. There’s a lot of variety here and it’s always interesting to see how each world’s theme is used for the boss fight.
Pac-Man World Re-Pac has fun boss fights for the most part and decent 3D platforming gameplay, but suffers from excessive back-tracking and is quite short. It is a largely faithful replica of the PS1 Pac-Man world game but in a much prettier package and with its reasonable price it’s an easy recommendation for anyone with nostalgia for the original. Those who haven’t played the PS1 original might not appreciate it that much, but it’s still a solid 3D platformer despite its flaws.
Pac-Man World Re-Pac is now available for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Game Rant played the Xbox Series X version of the game for this review.
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