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[Old Freemium Version] PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX (by Bandai Namco Games America

09-12-2014, 02:03 PM
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[Old Freemium Version] PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX (by Bandai Namco Games America

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Last edited by killercow; 07-23-2015 at 01:30 PM.
09-12-2014, 02:08 PM
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I thought I bought this one for like 5 bucks years ago?

09-12-2014, 02:08 PM
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Does that look like a life-timer-based IAP system? Interesting.
09-12-2014, 02:11 PM
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Ahhhhhh!!!! The PS3 Version was pure arcade perfection! Going to download this now and check out the freeness of it.
09-12-2014, 02:15 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NOEN View Post
I thought I bought this one for like 5 bucks years ago?
It's pretty much Pac-Man Championship Edition DX DX as it's not the same game as the first DX. I played that game to death on three different platforms and almost none of the screens are in the original. The energy bar doesn't fill me with confidence but it'll still be a short play on a classic game in the worst case scenario
09-12-2014, 02:30 PM
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I don't want to live on this ****ing planet anymore. I swear, I was scrolling down the page thinking "DON'T BE FREE, DON'T BE FREE, DON'T BE FREE..." and then...*facepalm*

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09-12-2014, 02:40 PM
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Way to dampen my enthusiasm. :/ Was hoping that this would be free with a full unlock or something similar. And it isn't even the console DX? Excitement factor has to dropped to 4.
09-12-2014, 02:41 PM
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(initial thoughts, will play more)

Oh man, NOPE. The swipe-to-move controls are fine. Like, I can do that with no problem. Swiping is great. But to activate the bomb, you make the photo-zoom-out reverse pinching motion. Are you SERIOUS? The only times you would need a bomb are when you're going to die right now, no chances, no room for error, you are dead - and they chose one of the most awkward motions you can make with your phone, one that fails half the time? Brilliant! And wait... the bombs are on a timer? Use all 3 and wait 15 minutes for another?

:-|
09-12-2014, 03:36 PM
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I'm really enjoying this, I know I'll be in the minority though. There's an energy bar but it's one of those ones that only decreases when you die and I don't think I've ever died in a CE DX version of Pac-Man in my life. I'm notoriously bad at games too so it shouldn't be too much of a problem. There's a ton of slow-mo time given to you if you get close to a ghost and the courses are laid out in such a way that you'll only struggle to avoid them if you take a weird detour for no real reason.

It's got the classic gameplay but it's not set out like the original, which is a shame, but given that I've played the XBLA, WP7 and W8 versions to death at least it feels a little fresher in format. The main map layout is the traditional Candy Crush-style layout which for some reason irks me even though it's not necessarily a negative; I think it's just the residual connotations of the King games rubbing off on me.

If you've played any of these games then you'll know exactly what to expect, though the approach to levels is slightly changed - there are still arcade cabinets that allow you to play the traditional score attack options but you have to play through bite-size levels to reach each one. You can play them an unlimited number of times though, providing you don't die. If you haven't played a CE DX version of Pac-Man and don't really like the classic game then don't be put off - I'll be declared a heathen, but I'm not really a fan of it; however, these versions play so much faster. It's more of a twitch avoidance type game.

I'm not defending the freemium aspects by any means, I'm just tired of some of the over-reacting that sometimes occurs in the gaming world. I'd much rather it was paid of course and the timers on lives and bombs is pretty annoying. The pinching to bomb is an odd resolution to touch controls; the Windows Phone original was great using double taps, not sure why they didn't go with that. The two timer bars can be extended through using the currency earned by playing. The rate of earning is pretty stingy but it's nice to see it's possible without paying. No option to totally remove them though sadly.

As much as I'm enjoying it though, I'd suggest seeing it as a demo for the paid games as they're definitely superior.
09-12-2014, 03:43 PM
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I declare myself the hugest Pac-Man whore in the USA!! No GC, no problem, timers, no problem. I have the console version as well as a similar iPhone only version. Roll on 11pm and you will be mine!!! Waka Waka chomp chomp!

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