GAMES - Article
11:00 - 14th June 2014, by NEO Staff

Return of the Pac

As much as the Pac-Man franchise has been farmed out to other studios over the years, and even featured as cameos in everything from Family Guy and South Park to Wreck-It Ralph and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the yellow bauble has never strayed too far from Namco Bandai's output and exploits. As a case in point, the company recently hosted a showcase event at Namco Funscape to promote the release of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC, which was even attended by Pac-Man himself. We assume it was cosplay, anyway. The alternative is, frankly, terrifying.

Conceived as a tie-in to the new Pac-Man animated series of the same name, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is a traditional platforming game that's aimed at younger gamers. It's never going to challenge the likes of Super Mario 3D World for double jumping supremacy, but it wasn't trying to in the first place. It's simply a colourful cartoon adventure that lets you change Pac-Man's abilities by eating a wide range of power-ups, and just to give the package a little more variety, Namco have included some multiplayer modes that let you team up with other players to take down a computer-controlled Pac-Man.

Better yet, the voice acting talent is out in full force with Vic Mignogna of Edward Elric fame as Spiral and Bryce Papenbrook (Rin Okumura) as Inky. It all comes together to form a modern take on a legendary gaming iconic. No one, not even Masaya Nakamura or Pac-Man's creator, Toru Iwatani, could've predicted the impact that this playful arcade game and its chomping mascot would go on to have. It established Namco as a gaming innovator, and since its merger with Bandai in 2005, the company hasn't faltered in bringing the best of Japanese gaming to the west. Not bad for a company that used to run a miniature theme park.

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is out now in the UK.

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