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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.8
Overall User Score (13 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Xboxdynasty (XD) (Aug 18, 2006)
Pac Man ist DAS Videospiel das jeder kennt oder jeder kennen muss. Die Spieler die Pac Man nicht kennen sollten sich schämen. Damit dies die neue Generation an Videospielern unter den Xbox 360 Zockern nicht machen muss ist dieser Arcade Download sehr zu empfehlen.
TalkXbox (Aug 09, 2006)
I have always been a Pac-Man fanatic. Its simplistic gameplay may seem dull and outdated in contrast to today’s multi-million dollar productions, but one fact about Pac-Man remains intact even after all these years. That fact is simply it is still darned fun to play. Throw in some achievements, leadersboards and a nifty price tag of only five bones, and you’ve got hours upon hours of classic gaming to be had.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Aug 09, 2006)
Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde. Welcome back. If it wasn't for Pac-Man and his relentless pursuers many of us might not have been lured into the gaping maw of videogames in the first place. When I first got pulled in by this gaming tractor beam, I was barely tall enough to see the arcade cabinet's screen, but lure of dot-munching proved instantly irresistible. It's easy to embellish these things after the fact, but Morpheus himself may as well have been standing there offering me the blue pill of normal life, or the red pill of a lifetime of staring at a screen, open mouthed. As it turned out, the four yellow power pills on offer inside the maze seemed way more interesting: it turned the ghosts blue, ma! Watch me eat them.
GotNext (Sep 05, 2006)
I hate to jump on the soap box, but it just seems to me that this game should've offered more. I think all the diehard fans and newcomers it's attracted over the years deserve it. Besides, If I spend 400 Microsoft points to relive an arcade classic, offer me something that's going to keep me coming back. Like most XBLA titles, the achievements are a breeze (most of them simply involve collecting fruit in a particular level), especially with the ability to pick up from the last level you left off. But, where does one go from there? Nothing against high-score junkies, but not everyone wants to devote their time to that. Hopefully Namco will put forth a tenth more effort when Pac-man's other half comes to Xbox Live.
TeamXbox (Aug 18, 2006)
When it comes to classic video game characters, most gamers (at least above the age of 20 or so) are taken back to images of an Italian plumber name Mario that sports a well-trimmed mustache, or an amphibious frog with the need to constantly dodge traffic and other sorts of death dealing hazards. Another classic gaming icon (now making his way to the Xbox Live Arcade scene) is that of the little yellow eating machine known as Pac-Man. Recently unleashed on Live Arcade (in conjunction with the Xbox Live Wednesdays program that ran this summer) gamers both young and old can once again experience the joy of eating pellets, fruit, and ghosts as a tiny yellow vacuum cleaner known as Pac-Man. But, is this download worth the price of admission after all of these years and releases?
IGN (Aug 09, 2006)
You really can't say that you have a collection of classic arcade games available on any system without Pac-Man. With countless clones and gameplay that has stood the test of time, Pac-Man can evoke nostalgia in just about every gamer out there. If you've played Pac-Man before, you won't find anything new here. This is the old-school game that has stolen your quarters since the advent of the arcade with little else to pique your interest. Pac-Man on the XBLA is a good arcade port, but it will probably leave you wanting a bit more.
Retro Gamer (Oct 12, 2006)
For some reason, everyone's favourite pill muncher is really fiddly to control, and it's all to easy to shoot past a turn you want to make and barrel straight into a ghost. It's almost as if the game has actually been programmed to pick up diagonals or something instead of just having four-way controls - it's just a real effort to play. A shame, as the online leaderboards are just begging for highscore input. Die-hard fans will still download it anyway, but be prepared for a lot of frustration.
GameSpot (Aug 09, 2006)
Pac-Man is one of the greatest games of all time, and it's difficult to dispute that fact. But if you're just now getting around to checking out this 1980 arcade hit, you might not immediately get why Pac-Man was such a big deal in the first place. And with its bare-bones, stick-to-the-script presentation and some nagging control issues, this Xbox Live Arcade version of Pac-Man manages to be a little disappointing, even if (or perhaps, especially if) you're already a fan.
411mania.com (Aug 14, 2006)
Again, this really comes down to your love for Pac-Man. For the hardcore, you’ll get what you’d expect and the ability to show your stuff on XBL for bragging rights will keep those Pac-Man lovers happy. If you already own the game however or you expect something more from a regular arcade port, then maybe you should spend your Microsoft Points elsewhere. All in all for 400 MS points, it’s not too expensive, and if you don’t already have this game on any other console (like me), then you should be chomping away at this Namco classic!
UOL Jogos (Aug 09, 2006)
Um dos primeiros mascotes e recordista do livro Guinness, como fliperama mais vendido da história, com 293.822 máquinas, "Pac-Man" perdeu parte de seu charme, e seu corpinho perfeitamente redondo sente o peso da idade. Como em "Galaga", faltou a modalidade extra multiplayer e a lista de conquistas não oferece desafios. Para colecionadores, os 400 Microsoft Points (o equivalente a US$ 5) são justos para se rever um marco dos games, mas para conquistar novos fãs essa versão de "Pac-Man" precisava de mais vitaminas.
XBox Evolved (Aug 12, 2006)
I wasn’t fortunate to have had been alive for the original advent of Pac-Man back when it hit the arcades for the first time in the early 80’s, still I have grown to love the little guy. Pac-Man itself is of course a huge icon that makes you think of the 1980’s, videogames, and for some strange reason pizza. If you don’t already know, you control a yellow Pac-Man, chomping his way through a maze for little tasty dots and fruits, avoiding ghost, and bringing down the ghosts’ defenses, so that he may gobble them up as well. When all the little dots are gone, the level is done and you move to the next round.
X-Power (Aug 20, 2006)
Wil je snel wat extra puntjes voor je gamerscore dan kun je deze versie van Pac-Man natuurlijk wel overwegen. De eerste elf achievements zijn met gemak op een uurtje te halen. Alleen de laatste dertig punten zijn al iets uitdagender, maar mits je er wat tijd investeert niet onoverkomelijk. Pac-Man kan je nu niet onmiddellijk als een slechte game beschouwen, maar het enige probleem is en blijft dat deze 27-jarige dinosaurus in de 21e eeuw, heel wat van zijn charme verloren heeft. De mensen met een versie van Prey kunnen zelfs naar hartelust een spin-offversie, Runeman, uitproberen op één van de spelmachines in de bar. Heb je vroeger veel plezier aan Pac-Man beleefd, dan kan je met de nodige dosis aan nostalgie deze titel eventueel nog eens oprakelen - verwacht alleen geen al te langdurige ervaring.
Video Game Talk (Aug 09, 2006)
Pac-Man is a wonderful game to revisit from time to time, but the full version offers nothing that the demo can't provide. Without multiplayer modes, decent achievements, or visual upgrades, the Xbox Live arcade version of Pac-Man is but a joke. Why do certain developers seem complacent to provide little improvement when bringing their ancient titles to Live Arcade? Pac-Man is certainly not worth 400 points and should be demoed only for a quick Pac attack fix. Save those expensive marketplace points for arcade titles from hardworking developers like Ninjabee, Garage Games, or Bizarre Creations.
GamesRadar (Aug 09, 2006)
A true coin-op classic, Pac-Man ushered in the wave of non-shooting "cute" games in 1980 and gets credit as gaming's first pop-culture phenomenon. That's great, he's historically important - but do you still want to hang out with him?
Game Shark (Aug 16, 2006)
As GameShark’s official Xbox Live Arcade reviewer, I know enough about the service to say it has some great sleeper hits on it. Games like Geometry Wars, Cloning Clyde and Uno have made playing the games on the service quite a joy. On the other hand, playing arcade rehashes has started to become a chore.

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