W.D.'s Review of Pac-Mania
Two of the most classic retro-games (Galaga & Pac-Man) have had many sequel and remake games. I’d like to focus on one of Pac-Mans, Pac-Mania. Pac-Mania itself was ported to fifteen different computers and consoles (Iwill be reviewing the NES port). This game was the new Pac-Man. However, going into it, it doesn’t have a whole lot to offer.
I like Pac-Mania but that’s because it was a lot like Pac-Man. The game is basically the same. They do make the game 3D and it looks rather good. The sides of the board that would transfer you to the other side are simply a tunnel to the other side. This will leave people who depend on logic too much baffled. The graphics flicker a bit but I blame that on my emulator.
The actual game play, well, what is there to say? It’s exactly like Pac-Man. Yes, the game offers four different areas but they all are the same except some scenery change which I suppose is nice. If you are good at Pac-Man, you are good at Pac-Mania. So, the real question is which you rather play? In all honesty, I would rather just play Mania. It looks better but plays the same and would seem more fun at home. If I had a cherry soda in a glass bottle and saw a Pac-Man machine, I’d just die in Nostalgia heaven. I have the pleasure of saying I have done this.
In all, Mania is just a polished version of Pac-Man. That isn’t a bad thing but it just makes the game melt into the background with nothing special to stick out. In closing words, if you like Pac-Man then you really should play this game. For everyone else, it’s just another cartridge on a shelve.
Reviewed by: W.D. Conine from Orlando on 10/23/2011