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Pac-Man: Championship Edition is a sequel, by the same developer Tōru Iwatani, done in the style of the original classic. As before, you are Pac-Man and you are in a maze with dots, power pellets and hosts. The object is to eat the dots and avoid the ghosts, unless you eat a power pellet, which gives you the ability to eat the ghosts for a few seconds.

What's new here is many different mazes and modes. This is designed from the ground up as a console game, so some arcade traditions are lost. The object is no longer to try to survive/get a high score without losing quarters, but to get a high score in a set time limit. You do still have a set number of lives, which makes your time end early if you lose all them.

Unlike the original or its prodigy, Championship Edition isn't broken into distinct levels. Once you clear one side of the maze, a fruit appears on the other side. Eating the fruit regenerates the empty half with new walls, dots, power pellets, etc and increases the game speed.

The iPhone version of the game adds two additional modes. In "Mission Mode", you must clear a specific goal set by the game at the beginning of play (such as eating two apples, or eating eight ghosts consecutively). In "Challenge Mode", you must aim to achieve the top score for each course, but this time the ghosts have been sped up so that they are initially much faster.

The look is a bright neon which evokes the classic Pac-Man but takes advantage of nearly 30 years of increased computer power.


Pac-Man: Championship Edition Xbox 360 Hah!  They're all on the run!
Pac-Man: Championship Edition Xbox 360 This map is dark - it gets tricky when you've eaten a lot of the pellets!
Pac-Man: Championship Edition Xbox 360 Use those pellets carefully to chain your ghost munching and earn 3200 points for each ghost!
Pac-Man: Championship Edition Xbox 360 Two long thin tunnels - a nasty potential trap!

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Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Apr 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
gamrReview PlayStation 3 Feb 23, 2011 8.8 out of 10 88
Good Game Xbox 360 Feb 25, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Xbox 360 Jun 06, 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
TalkXbox Xbox 360 Jun 09, 2007 80 out of 100 80
UOL Jogos Xbox 360 Jun 13, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IC-Games Xbox 360 Jun 10, 2007 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Xbox 360 Jun 06, 2007 7.9 out of 10 79
Gamernode Xbox 360 Jun 11, 2007 7.7 out of 10 77
App Spy iPhone Dec 10, 2009 3 out of 5 60


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The Xbox 360 version of Pac-Man Champ Ed appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
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