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Pac-Man World Re-Pac Review

An upgraded PS1 classic

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on 🟡

Pac-Man World Re-Pac is also available for PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

Pac-Man World Re-Pac is rated Everyone by the ESRB

Pac-Man World is back and Re-Pac'd in a new remake of the delightful 1999 adventure for the original PlayStation so let's jump to it.

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Quit clowning around, Pac-Man; it's time for our review!

Revisit Pac-Man World

If you're like me, you have very fond memories of the original Pac-Man World. I first played it on a demo disc and as an existing Pac-Man fan, I was blown away by the 3D visuals and gameplay that somewhat reminded me of another favourite of mine: Crash Bandicoot. Of course, when the game actually released, I snagged a copy and had a blast playing through it. Now that it has been remade thanks to Pac-Man World Re-Pac, I thoroughly enjoyed replaying this classic with a graphical overhaul and many minor changes in place. v1d30chumz 44-212-99-248

Cuter than ever

Playing the original Pac-Man World nowadays may be a fun throwback but its visuals are definitely grainy and tough to appreciate. Thankfully, Pac-Man World Re-Pac looks wonderful as it smoothes everything out with a much higher resolution and fluid animation that really breathes new life into the original's colourful aesthetic. Sure, the graphics aren't as good as most modern 3D platformers but it's certainly cute such as how Pac-Man grows to be huge whenever he gobbles a Power Pellet. I also love the new opening cinematic where Pac-Man's friends and family get kidnapped at his birthday party as it's much sillier than the original's but I can understand some folks not liking the change. No matter how you slice it, this is one cheerful game and its upbeat music will get stuck in your head for days. 🎵

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These mazes are much easier than they are in the arcade original

Fun 3D platforming

Playing Pac-Man World Re-Pac simply involves running, jumping, and charge-dashing around stages. There are some advanced moves, too, such as being able to hover after a jump just like Yoshi does, butt-bounce which allows you to flatten most enemies as well as jump higher, and throw collected Pac-Dots which impressively utilizes the DualSense's adaptive triggers and haptic feedback to add immersion. The controls are tight and intuitive; well, except for the hover-jump which should have been executed by simply holding the jump button. Meanwhile, the stage designs are elaborate as they feature multiple paths, hidden areas, and loads of reasons to backtrack. Your primary goal is to rescue 6 of Pac-Man's friends and finding the keys only to open their cages is rewarding stuff for sure. 🗝️

Collectibles galore

On top of rescuing family members, Pac-Man World Re-Pac is bursting with collectibles. For starters, the stages take place within 6 distinct themed environments with my favourite being the funhouse area. The most enjoyable collectible are the unlockable mazes which play like the classic arcade Pac-Man. Speaking of which, you can also unlock the original Pac-Man which is awesome. Plus, each level has a high score to beat even though there are no online leaderboards and you can also collect the letters PACMAN to unlock a bonus fruit-collecting level as well as try to achieve a gold crown on every stage by collecting everything. Your save file even has a high score total so you can compare with friends if you really want to. Overall, there's a lot to do and achieving everything is certainly enjoyable. 😊

Some ghostly aspects

Although the gameplay of working past tricky platforming segments, dealing with pesky enemies, and collecting fruit then backtracking to open doors is highly entertaining stuff, Pac-Man World Re-Pac definitely has its issues. For starters, the difficulty is all over the map as some bosses are much harder than others and even certain level segments can be super-frustrating. Considering it's a mostly easygoing game, annoying parts like the boss fight with Anubis really stand out. It's also tricky to line jumps up, especially in dimly-lit levels and falling down as a result of not being able to clearly see your shadow is quite irritating. Finally, there are some sections that are simply lame such as the kart racing part against the Clown Racers. They could have done a lot more to make these moments enjoyable. 🥴

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Pac-Man sure looks happy when he's getting shot at with cannons

As a big fan of the original back in the day, I admit that perhaps Pac-Man World hasn't held up as well as I thought it would. With that being said, Pac-Man World Re-Pac is definitely a cute and colourful game that's full of fun gameplay and rewarding collectibles.

  • + Fun 3D platforming with tons of goodies to collect in every level
  • + Charming presentation and catchy music
  • + Lots of unlockables and nifty secrets
  • - Some segments are quite frustrating
  • - Lining up jumps can be a huge pain
  • - Certain parts haven't held up well
7.6 out of 10
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