Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (Giant Bomb|Wikipedia) is a strange game. It is not at all similar to the classic arcade games – instead it is a side scrolling adventure game. You are not given direct control of Pac-Man, instead you interact with the environment in 3 ways: Feed Pac-Man power pellets transforming him into Super Pac-Man, hit things in the environment (including Pac-Man) with a slingshot, or finally using the d-pad and a button to make him look in a direction for something to interact with. You are given a task, usually by Ms. Pac-Man, and have to guide him to complete the task. If this sounds a little dull, it’s because it is. Getting Pac-Man to get through a screen to the next one or to the solution to his problem feels like a puzzle game… very trial and error. There are no “lives” so if you make a mistake you just reset back to a check point. Since there are no real stakes you never feel pressured to actually try really hard on a given screen – just shoot things at random with the slingshot and hope for the best. According to Giant Bomb, this just got a release on Wii U via the virtual console – I don’t know how many people will buy it, but I imagine even fewer will like what they find.
The graphics looked pretty decent for a Genesis title, nothing to write home about but they did the job just fine. The music was fitting but I bet it gets tired after an hour or so. Gameplay was very dull to me, and was not enough to keep me interested more than 30 minutes or so.
Verdict: Back on the shelf. I can’t see revisiting this one.
Images courtesy of Giant Bomb.