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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PacMan & the Ghostly Adventures 2

Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 is based on the animated series of the same name. So, in short, it’s a game based on a series which is based on a game. You might think that the extra filter in there has a negative effect on the game and, to some degree, it does. This game might be aimed at a much younger audience, but it feels a little hollow.

Sure, it will offer youngsters challenges like choosing the right kind of modification to the Pac character (rubber for higher bouncing, magnetic for metal walls and so forth) and its dynamics are quite fun, but they never enter into the realms of pushing any kind of limit. This is, essentially, a run of the mill platformer that never really does anything exceptional. The only real variations come in on-the-rails shooter sections and a few welcome boss fights.

This counts for the plot, too. While the action can get pretty intense and satisfying, there really isn't much narrative depth to tie things together. And with kids these days enjoying more complex tales, that leaves Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 on the back foot.

As far as presentation goes, it’s all about bright colours and bold images. This does hide lower texture quality a bit, but this title looks a bit more dated than it should.

Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 may provide some fun for youngsters, and its mindless chomping and easy combat make for a fairly enjoyable distraction. But the franchise is showing cracks, and Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 doesn't do much to compete with many of the more prominent platformers out there.

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