Pac Man World 2
“Wakka wakka wakka” is a noise many of you will have become familiar with over the past 20 years. Yes it’s the retro voice of Namco’s infamous Pac-Man. He’s graced arcades and consoles as a 2D munch-em-up for a long time now and in 1999 he finally crossed over to the 3D world in Pac-Man World for PlayStation. It was a great game and although it’s taken nearly four years the GameCube sequel is now ready for your playing pleasure.
As the story would have it deep in the heart of Pac-Land lies the small hidden village of the Pac-People. In the centre of the village grows an ancient tree which bears five Golden Fruit. Legend states that as long as the Golden Fruit remain undisturbed Pac-Land will be bountiful and everyone will be happy. But this is a video game and we all know that things are never quite so simple so it comes as no surprise to discover that a certain gang of mischievous ghosts come along pick the fruit and unleash the evil ghost Spooky. Spooky then orders the ghosts to hide the five pieces of fruit throughout the land and so Pac-Man’s quest begins.
Despite the fact that it’s a fully-fledged 3D-platform adventure Pac-Man has retained the spirit and simplicity of movement that was the trademark of the original arcade game but with one big difference. In the original game you merely moved in four directions on a single plane. Pac-Man’s new abilities will see you ice-skating in-line skating and even piloting a submarine across a number of free-roaming levels.
As you progress through the game Pac-Man’s abilities increase as you collect special weapons. Amongst other things he acquires the ability to swim underwater; to rev-roll; butt-bounce baddies; gain a Pac-Dot suck chain and a steel power-up to enable him to walk underwater.
A nice little touch in Pac-Man World 2 is the inclusion of the original Pac-Man games. While making your way about Pac-World you can visit the Amusement Arcade in Pac-Village to play perfect recreations of the original games including Pac-Man Ms Pac-Man Pac-Mania and Pac-Attack.
Anyone who’s a fan of this particular genre will find this game provides more than enough entertainment. The fact that it stars one of the world’s number one game characters is an added bonus.——
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