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Pac-Man Championship Edition is the fourth Pac-Man game brought to the iPhone and iPod touch from Namco after the original Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and Pac-Man Remix. With Pac-Man CE, you get classic Pac-Man gameplay with loads of levels and plenty of challenge.
Pac-Man CE should be instantly familiar to most as it resembles the original Pac-Man in design and gameplay. Even the sounds and music are true to the original. Navigate Pac-Man through a series of mazes eating dots, avoiding ghosts and eating them only after gobbling up power pellets.
Pac-Man CE gives you three game modes. In the mission mode, there are 120 levels each with a specific objective to accomplish--like eating a number of fruit within a time limit. The championship mode has you shooting for a high score within a time limit in five different mazes.
Touch controls are no substitute for a sturdy joystick, but at least you have four control options from which to choose. Choose a set of directional pads each with four buttons; a single, oversized directional pad; or two different finger swipe control schemes.
Pac-Man CE has plenty to tackle, but unless you're a big Pac-Man fan, you might find the bulk of the content repetitive. The missions will develop your skill, but they get old as you dissect every detail in the game while being forced to use different control schemes just for the sake of being different. Pac-Man CE is true to the original theme but leaves me wanting other modes (like multiplayer) or features (like social networking integration or global high scores). Still, it certainly provides plenty of value for just a pocket full of quarters.
[James Savage is the host of the RetroMacCast a weekly podcast devoted to older Macintosh computers. He's used to beg his mom for quarters to play Pac-Man in mall arcades.]
This story, "Pac-Man Championship Edition for IPhone" was originally published by Macworld.
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