The straight forward platforming gameplay and the excellent job the developers did on making Pac-Man look and feel well...like Pac-man, truly made Pac-Man World 2 a treat to play. There were times were there was a slight camera problem, which could make you pull your hair out due to frustrating platform jumping and the dreaded loading of the level every time you died were the only drawbacks to the title. Die hard fans of Pac-Man will really get a kick out of playing Pac-Man World 2, but for those few picky platformer gamers out there who are looking for a real challenge ( you know who you are) you might want to rent it first. But for the young gamers out there, Pac-Man World 2 is a good title to get you rolling down the path of action platforming.
While on the mission of collecting various items, Pac-Man's adventure will take him through six unique worlds, all having their own different theme. Such as an arctic and forest level just to name a few, all with dangers ranging from bottomless pits, blunt sharp objects, flame throwers and let?s not forget the ghosts, plenty of those to chomp on.
To break up the norm and to keep things fresh the developers gave Pac-Man the ability to use ice skates and swimming flippers, as well as a minigame called "Maze Mode". To acquire this you must seek out a well hidden item called a "Galaxian" on each level. Once found it will put you into a maze similar to the ones in the classic arcade.
There were a couple of flaws with this title. First off, there was issue with the camera, being this is a platform game and jumping to little platforms can get a little tricky if the camera doesn't work just right. Sometimes I found it to be really frustrating due to the fact that the camera seems to have a hard time finding its way around sharp corners or through small passages, making it sometimes very difficult to adjust the camera to get that right view for that crucial jump of faith. Next, was the loading screen which no one likes to sit and watch one of those. Since most platform titles you have to play by trail and error, you end up dying a lot and then when after the fact you made that dumb mistake you are made to sit a watch a loading screen. Oh I don't want to give you readers the wrong idea, the loading process doesn't take that long, but to die a numerous time on one level and seeing that screen just made made my blood boil.
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