Two years ago publisher Namco Bandai celebrated Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary with a hopelessly ill-advised mini-game collection. To make matters worse, the game featured the loathsome 3D ‘arms and legs’ incarnation of the character. As a long time fan of the series, I consider this (sadly well established) version of Pac-Man to be an imposter and an abomination. Alas, he is about to make another appearance, this time in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, a game based on a cartoon series based on a game.
In what can only be described as a small mercy, it looks like Pac-Man will be embarking on a reasonably coherent adventure instead of constantly lobbing tennis balls and popping balloons in asinine mini games. Still, I firmly believe that Pac-Man’s ghost gobbling exploits should take place exclusively on a 2D field of play. The recent Championship Edition titles beautifully demonstrated the range of possibilities inherent in the core gameplay.
The soulless affront known as Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will ram yet another stake into my heart when it arrives on 360, PS3 and Wii U in October. A side-scrolling variant will be made available for the 3DS.