Monday, 17 January 2011
Ten Video Games 2010: Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Almost anti-formulaic in how it presents an ancient brand. Legacy gameplay is largely junked, to explore what can be done with the basics of the Pac-Man formula. Rather than individual seekers, enemy Ghost behaviour is simplified to a huddled, mob mentality. Wake a Ghost whilst getting your chomp on in Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, and it'll ride your slipstream, waiting for a mistake. The more Smartie coloured phantoms you disturb, the longer the pursuit trail, until you've got a vast, snaking conga line snapping at your heels. Couple that danger-play with a slow-motion zoom to highlight potential mistakes, and an emergency bomb to shrug off pursuers, and you get a speed focused love letter to Namco's greedy little critter.