Advantages Graphics, challenge, story.
Disadvantages Limited sound
PacMan is back in Pac-In-Time a moderately old game from 1994 that's still fun to play despite the age.The game actually if you start to think about it, marks a turning point in the PacMan franchise.
In 1970's PacMan from Atari busted into arcade machines all over the world, despite the obvious nuisance that PacMan was just a yellow ball with a mouth, that gobbled ghosts, didn't stop the game from being a hit.For such a very limited game, the game gave huge profits for Atari. Of coure they wouldn't stop there, however, different companies would change hands as far as licensing goes, however the Pacman character would evolve.
Namco took the Pacman game and gave him arms and legs, a cool soundtrack, much better graphics, an arsenal of obstacles and called this next hit "Pacland".Then in late 80's Pacman once again emerged, but in a less successful game called "PacMania", this time around, Pacman had lost his arms and legs, limited the maze playing game.
So here we arrived at 1994 and well, gamers wanted more than just a yellow ball going across the screen. They wanted more fully developed characters, since gamers were becoming much more advance.In Pac-In-Time then, Mindscape took the license and made not only a pretty fun game, but again redeveloped PacMan to make him suitable for modern times. PacMan not only had arms and legs, but he had superspeed , he could swim, climb and do a bunch of other crazy things.
Story:PacMan has a long family, he has Ms. Pacman, Pac Jr. etc. Well following a long day, an evil witch cast Pacman back in time and so PacMan most use all his newly earned abilities to go back home.
Graphics ***The graphics are not that bad, I came in with somewhat low expectations but was pleasantly surprised. PacMan looks great with his new makeover, with his arms and legs, and not only that but now he has facial expressions and so forth.
The enemies in the game, consisting of the familiar horde of ghosts look allright.
The designs for the levels look good, everything from ranging from an abandonded desert, to an underwater dungeon are look as best as it can be on a pc. There is a nice status screen too that look pretty polished .
In this area, the game falls a bit short. There is no audio or dialgue spoken by PacMan. The sound do reuses part of the orignal theme for the game. The music track is original and plays through the whole game, it's never the same, but I wouldn't say the music was groundbreaking stuff. It suits the game more or less.Gameplay ***
Control wise, Pacman has come a long way. He is loaded with many moves in the game, he is no longer just a giant eating ball. Pacman has legs, arms, and a face.
Now this is where the game gets good and its obvious that many improvements have been made since the original PacMan
As far controls Pac, has super-speed, a high jump, he can also swim, and climb to different away using a special whip and he can also shoot special pellets from his mouth.Speaking of which, the pellets from prior games, don't give Pacman invisibility no more, but you can still use them as offensive weapons, similar to a slingshot.
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