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Pac-Man: The Next Generation. Featuring unnecessary internet access, social media integration, and app store links
, September 24, 2012
This review is from: EVAC (App)
Namco has countless times tried to re-invent Pac-Man and put it back into mainstream gaming, failing horribly.
Hexage Ltd has succeeded where (many) others couldn't. Don't let the games clever description fool you, this is simply an HD remake of Pac-Man, with more features and a somewhat decent escape story.
The object of EVAC HD is to eat all the dots (colors) you can, while navigating through the maze and avoiding ghosts (other blocks) that try to capture (eat) you. If this sounds like a game you played ages ago, that's because it is; but re-skinned and re-imagined for this generation.
I absolutely love all the changes they made here. Adding little spaces for you to hide and avoid ghosts (I am not calling them "reds" like the game does) was pure genius, and the power ups add even more strategy to the classic dot gobbling.
There is a lot of false information floating around about EVAC HD's control scheme.
It greatly upsets me when people just randomly spew off made up facts about the product they review based on somebody else's summary. Trust me on this, there is nothing wrong with the controls and you CAN indeed move the joystick to suit your orientation.
- Tight controls. Contrary to some other reviewers, I love the way controls are handled here. I feel they are very good and had no issues whatsoever on two phones and two tablets (INCLUDING the Kindle Fire).
- Classic Pac-Man gameplay brings back warm feelings of nostalgia.
- Ingenious power ups allow you to do everything from stunning to destroying your captors.
- Minor puzzle elements (moving blocks to open doors, blocking off ghosts, etc) add a bit of strategy to the action.
- Awesome graphics. I am a sucker for this type of HD-Retro look.
- Excellent soundtrack and effects. My only complaint is that no classic Pac-Man tunes made it into the game, but I am guessing the developers simply didn't want to get sued.
- Social media integration. Really, can we stop it with this crap please? I don't want my device posting that I beat a level and advertise for any game.
- Links from within the game allow you to access the Google Play and Amazon store (and purchase things from there).
- NETWORK permissions in a SINGLE PLAYER GAME.
Open network sockets gives this app free range internet access.
Access information about networks allows it to do just that (for both your phone and wireless networks).
These things are just not needed in a single player game and are here just for the social media and link aspects of the app.
While there is no traffic going to and from the game while it is just being played, hitting some of the other links makes the network monitor light up like a Christmas tree (obviously).
- The game is incredibly short. Adding another campaign would go a long way to justifying the higher price point.
- Higher price point. The game retails at $1.99 but is NOT YET worth that price in its current state.
Thankfully I found nothing too terrible in EVAC HD.
The Game: 5/5
Permissions: 2/5 (single player games DO NOT NEED network permissions).
Score: 3.5/5, bumping it up to 4/5 because Amazon does not allow .5 ratings, and because I thoroughly enjoyed this game.
I am a sucker for HD remakes of classic games, even more so if they are actually good (as is the case here). While I simply can't recommend the game at its $1.99 pricing point, I suggest you grab it as today's free download.
If you enjoy classic games, give EVAC HD a try, and if they ever add another campaign (more levels), or drop the price to $.99, or remove the unnecessary network permissions - I would even recommend purchasing it.
Good job to the developers for actually improving on a classic. You guys (and gals) did great work here, but some of the things I mentioned are preventing me from giving it a perfect rating. Fix them, and I will bump it up.
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