Pac-Man Championship Edition DX was released to help celebrate Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary. The original game’s core mechanics are the basis of the game. Players control Pac-Man as he tries to gobble up all of the pellets on the course while getting chased by the game’s four antagonists: Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde. However, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is far from your ordinary Pac-Man game. After one half of the course’s pellets are eaten, a fruit appears on the other side. When that fruit is eaten, the layout of the course changes and more pellets appear. There are also plenty of ghosts spread around the courses that will file in behind you and chase players throughout the stage.
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX arms players with bombs that will send all of the active ghosts back to the center of the course upon detonation, and also slows the game down drastically when a player is about to die. These two features makes Pac-Man Championship Edition DX nearly impossible to die on.
There are 3 basic game modes in Pac-Man Championship Edition DX: Score Attack, Ghost Combo and Time Trial. Score Attack comes in 5 and 10 minute variety, and the only object of the game is to get as many points as possible before time runs out. In Ghost Combo, players try to eat as many ghosts in a row before the effect of the power pellet runs out. Players must eat a predetermined amount of fruit as fast as possible in Time Trial. There are 9 different type of courses in Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, and the graphics and design of the courses can be changed before the start of each match. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is really addicting and really fun. I wish the game had online multiplayer, but it does have leaderboards that will let you compare your score with friends. The achievements/trophies are really easy to unlock, and shouldn’t take longer than a day to unlock for most players.
Score: 5.5 out of 10 (reviewed for Xbox Live)