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So. That Pac-Man guy, eh? How about him, huh? He turned 30. Yep. That do anything for ya? Yeah, me neither. Funny how Mario and Zelda turn 25 and we all view that as a big deal, but Pac-Man turns 30 and no one bats an eyelash. The reason is probably because the prior two franchises are still relevant and iconic while Pac-Man has kind of lulled around in the background, his recent Championship Edition being the only wave he's made in quite some time. Pac-Man Party, the celebration of this momentous anniversary, released last November. It's all right if you didn't even notice, and perhaps it's for the best. While the game does a good job at representing Pac-Man and some of its characters from a presentation standpoint and provides a family-friendly environment, it suffers from a lot of tedium that makes it hard to recommend. The game has a \"story” mode which involves good ol' Pac being tasked by 'Mr. Cookie' [insert groan here] to protect a special cookie recipe \"with his life” [double groan]. Remember those yellow pellets that Pac-Man eats around the maze? Somewhere along the line those apparently morphed from pellets to cookies.
It was inevitable. Seeing as how Crash Bandicoot, Mario, Sonic and Bomberman got their own party games, it was only a matter of time before Namco’s legendary Pac-Man character threw one of his own. Granted, this one’s actually his second, as Pac-Man Fever already made the rounds on the previous generation of consoles – with lackluster results. Sadly, Pac-Man Party isn’t really much different, save for the inclusion of motion controls and a plot so bad, it wouldn’t even fare that well on Pac-Man’s old Saturday morning show. Spoiler alert: all this time, Pac-Man wasn’t eating dots. Turns out that he found some tasty cookies, and somewhere in the midst of his Cookie Monster impersonation, he decided to take it upon himself to locate the original recipe and return it back to its rightful owner. Of course, ghosts stand in his way, because, well, they like cookies, we guess. We’re still not sure how this makes sense. But it really adds complication to a game that didn’t need any. Adding a plotline to a party game is like trying to add role-playing elements to Gran Turismo. Anyway, once you get into the mini-games themselves, you’ll find even less inspiration.
The 16 and 32-bit eras saw multiple attempts to reinvent the Pac-Man franchise, leading to curiosities like Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures and Pac-In-Time. In the end, Pac-Man Championship Edition managed to achieve success by going back to basics, but that hasn't stopped Namco Bandai from looking for new ways to leverage its classic property. The latest Pac-Man spin-off is the recently-announced Pac-Man Party, which looks to have a great deal in common with the similarly titled Mario Party. As with Nintendo's long running party game series, Pac-Man Party marries a board game with mini games, though this one replaces coins with cookies. A few changes have been made, but it's basically the same party game we've been playing for more than a decade now, only with a Pac-Man flavor. Compared to the Mario games, the Pac-Man 'universe' doesn't have a huge cast of characters, so Namco-Bandai has thrown in a handful of new ones. Meet Patra the Cat, Woofa the Abominable Snowman and Roger the Eye Robot...thing. They definitely have the "Sonic's friends" vibe about them, mostly because they don't quite fit in with the classic characters' designs. Like the new characters, the mini games also don't match up perfectly with the world of Pac-Man.
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