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Pac-Man Party isn't trying to be the most innovative party game on the market, and for some it might look too derivative. But its many strengths lie in how it invites players to just have fun with their favorite characters without feeling intimidated by too many modes, options and gimmicks. The personality is incredible, the mini-games very enjoyable and the bonus modes are very nice. If you are up for another party on the Wii, Pac-Man Party should be sought out right away.
Pac-Man Party is quite a surprising party game. The minigames are as good as, if not better, than some of the Mario Party games offered recently, while the board game elements are more engaging than most of the current party games. It also looks good and controls rather well, though the minimal voices need some work and the periods of downtime dampen the fun that can be had. If you're already burned out with all of the party games that the system offers, this one won't sway you into buying it. However, if you're in the market for another party game, Pac-Man Party is a pretty good choice.
Pac-Man Party has a lot of the right elements, but Namco wasn't able to fit them together to make a worthwhile game. The end result is a board game that overstays its welcome and forces players to suffer through one uninspired mini-game after another. Not even the addition of the original Pac-Man arcade game can push me into recommending this generic Mario Party clone!
Pac-Man Party isn’t a raging bash; it’s something to do on a Thursday night while you wait for your weekend plans to roll around. The game’s catalog of random events might cause some uproar among your friends, and its inconsistent minigames will result in uneven applause. It comes down to the fact that Pac-Man Party just isn’t the most exciting game to pull out at your own party.
For fans of Pac-Man and party games, this is a sure bet and would be a great game to get for households with multiple kids. The arcade games are also a great bonus for those who don’t already own them in other forms. Since Mario hasn’t had a party in nearly three years (Wii Party doesn’t count), Pac-Man is positioning himself as a contender on the party scene, despite a few missteps on this Wii outing.
The mini games are more creative than most compilations, and closely mirror the whimsical approach taken by Mario Party. Mini games include Spaghetti Rollup, Bumpin’ Trapeze, Holiday Hustle, Danger Dish and about 50 others. The games are quite basic and can be completed by players of all ages. One of the best parts of Pac-Man Party is the inclusion of the original Pac-Man arcade game from the 1980s. Parents and older fans will love the nostalgia, while younger players will embrace the colorful charm of the new mini games.
Don't yet own any or all of the three Namco classics previously mentioned in this review? Now's your chance to give those games a whirl. If, for any other reason, you're considering putting Pac-man Party under the tree this holiday season, I strongly urge you to consider the mistletoe; for the loved one who receives this coal in their stocking will surely be sore. There's no nostalgia here outside of the great games contained within the Classic Games mode, and though at least half of the mini-games are functional, nothing about this endeavor feels necessary or relevant to gaming. Pac-man Party is a shameless attempt at ringing one last bit of change out of a destitute franchise, and if you value good taste, you'll waste no time on this uninspired holiday offering.
There is one saving grace that makes the game almost worth owning — included is the original Pac-Man, Dig Dug and Galaga games. Though these are included in almost every Namco release now, it never hurts to have more. This game would appeal mostly to the very young crowd who might be having a sleepover and doesn’t have any other party titles to fall back on. It would also have appeal to someone who might be amazingly stoned and needs to kill about 6 hours.
Party games are often where franchises go to either die or try to make an easy buck. Pac-Man Party doesn't seal Pac-Man's future as dead, but it sure makes us hope this isn't where he plans to stay.
Pac-Man Party tries pretty hard to be an engaging party game and offers some fresh concepts in a worn-out genre with kinetic presentation, but in execution these concepts come together to form a half-baked cookie with a soft outside but a tough center that's hard to chew. With those puns out of my system, I think it's important to note here the lamentable truth: Pac-Man has never truly risen to be a cohesive world or franchise like the greats of old, and it is made apparent here. If you're starving for Wii content and missed this one last year, it might be worth a buy in the bargain bin, but it's just too uninteresting and drawn-out to be entertaining in any party setting.
This Party simply doesn’t have the substance to hold up. Pac-Man’s an endearing character and, in the right game, he can truly shine. Unfortunately, Pac-Man Party is far from that example, a poor packaging of lame mini-games and bad presentation ideas. Stick with the classics.