Pac-Man, created by Toru Iwatani, has truly stood the test of time in the video game universe. From his inception in the early eighties to now, he has remained a mainstay of video game culture, an iconographic starting point for an industry going mainstream. So when Pac-Man makes a new video game, be it bad or good, people tend to see it.
Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures is the furthest Namco’s ball has ever strayed from the tried and true formula of munching dots. The game completely loses all action aspects of its past and ventures to a realm of half point/click adventure and half comedy bloopers! It’s a complete riot every time you pick up the controller.
The game itself seems reminiscent of games like, “Secret of Monkey Island” or any of those other Lucas arts adventure games. You direct pac-Man, not in the sense that you are Pac, but that Pac is in his own world and you just point him in the right direction. Your options for doing so are either shooting him/things you want him to look at with a slingshot, or telling him to look in a certain direction. The antics that often ensue from your direction can often be funny; when you shoot Pac a few too many times he develops an anger problem and will refuse to listen to you, unless you cheer him up with a power pill.
One problem is by far the difficulty level; it’s petty easy. The hardest part of the game is figuring out where what you are looking for is at, once that’s done, it a quick trip home to a new mission. The missions are also pretty preposterous, ranging from getting a bottle of milk to finding your son’s guitar.
If you ever wondered what Pac-Man did on his time off from eating yellow dots this is your chance to find out. It seems Pac lives a pretty normal existence, alongside humans in a rural neighborhood, and just does random chores for his wife and kids. I personally like Pac’s new adventures, it’s a different take for an old character, and much better than the other Pac revival games.