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The most impressive aspect of Pac-Man: Adventures in Time is the graphics. The colorful 3D graphics and the overhead perspective do a great job of giving Adventures in Time a brand-new appearance while still retaining the same simple colors and shapes as in the original game. In the Ancient Egypt levels, there are Pac-Man hieroglyphs on the walls that are clear and vibrantly colored; even hieroglyphs that seem to have deteriorated over time or are covered in sand are clearly noticeable. The game also effectively uses some full-motion video effects in some of the later stages, such as the train stage, where the scenery rushes by as Pac-Man jumps from car to car while collecting pellets. You'll also notice subtle lighting effects that highlight Pac-Man's robust shape, but they're not quite as apparent in some stages as they are in others. Adventures in Time also manages to retain a brisk frame rate even on a machine with the minimum system requirements.
Pac-Man's transition into a lush, fully 3D world introduces some new twists to the classic Pac-Man gameplay. Instead of restricting a stage to one single flat maze, you can make Pac-Man run up walls, slide down or climb up hills, and use elevators to reach different platforms. These new environmental features are incorporated seamlessly into the traditional Pac-Man gameplay thanks to the game's solid level design. For instance, obstacles are used in such a manner that they don't just block your progress, but they are actually a well-integrated part of the level. One stage places you in the middle of a cave that slopes down toward the middle where a sleeping dragon is located, and every time the dragon takes a deep breath and exhales, it spews a fireball that travels down a particular part of the maze. Another level takes place in the middle of a medieval jousting tournament as two jousters travel back and forth across a particular section of the level. In the various Egyptian levels, you'll see baskets that contain snakes that will lunge at you if you get too close. There are even environmental objects within the levels that can aid you in your task, such as during one of the Wild West levels that takes place in a saloon with a piano. You can actually run by the piano to make it play, which causes the ghost monsters chasing after you to completely ignore you as they start dancing uncontrollably. In addition, different types of terrain in each of the levels can cause Pac-Man to slow down and speed up accordingly, which can make it challenging to judge how close you are to one of the ghosts or an obstacle - especially in the later levels when the ghosts speed up and the obstacles become more difficult to avoid.
Pac-Man has a number of new abilities to help him navigate the terrain and capture pellets. Now you can make Pac-Man jump to avoid ghosts, boulders, or any other dangerous obstacles that might be in your way. Unfortunately Pac-Man doesn't really get a chance to use his new abilities that often because it can be very difficult to properly time a jump to avoid danger. Controlling Pac-Man also becomes an issue in the later levels because Pac-Man moves in whatever direction you point him in, and he doesn't stop moving in that direction until pointed otherwise, which makes the game's control seem sluggish and unresponsive when you're trying to make sharp turns as a ghost chases you.
The game offers three different multiplayer modes that are equally well-done twists on the classic game. The best of these modes is ghost tag, where you must tag your opponents in order to change back into Pac-Man form and capture enough pellets to beat out the other competitors. Unfortunately, there is no online player-matching service included with the game, so finding an online multiplayer game may be difficult, but Adventures in Time does have a hot-seat option for four players at one computer, and you can also play against computer-controlled opponents.
Pac-Man: Adventures in Time attempts to take the classic Pac-Man formula and adapt it to a three-dimensional world and succeeds at doing so while still retaining the classic sense of the original game. The single-player levels, as well as the multiplayer modes and the minigames, all keep Adventures in Time from becoming repetitive too quickly, though in essence it's still just a remake of the classic Pac-Man. The occasionally sluggish control can be a little frustrating but not enough to take the fun out of the game.--Giancarlo Varanini--Copyright © 2000 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review
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For starters, the graphics are outstanding. The game's open is one of the few game opens I truly enjoy watching. While one of the basic objectives of the game is to avoid the ghosts, there are also other distractions to avoid like alligators, boulders, and snakes, all of which make the game that much more challenging. The mazes are superbly designed. The first maze caught my eye since the layout is the same as the first maze on the original Pac-Man. The bonus rounds, like a river run and a variation of Concentration, are a change of pace but they do not take away from the overall enjoyment of the game. In short, Pac-Man: Adventures in Time is a definite must get game.
The problem comes in the playability. I often found that I was fighting the game: slow responses at critical times, getting into situations where I couldn't see important things due to the field-of-view, etc.
Hopefully they'll come out with a Pac-Man 2 that can clean up these glitches. If they do, it will be a fine game.
I love classic pacman, and this 3D version is fun and adorable. The graphics are diverse and creative (not great compared to modern video games but definitely impressive). There are multiple different themes for the mazes (wild west, medieval, eyptian, etc) and new challenges incorporated in them, such as jumping, swimming, things that will stun or kill pacman besides ghosts (like an alligator), and different powerups necessary to complete mazes (like a flute to put snakes to sleep so you can get the rest of the pellets). Some mazes are timed, and others pacman runs vertically like on a tree or giant mushroom. The sound effects & music are great (the ghosts make the cutest growling noise) and go along with the game. The ghosts are also themed as well for the maze, like in wild west they had cowboy hats, mustaches and pistols. The mazes are broken up with a bunch of fun mini games, some of which are easy and others that are hard.
I played this game religiously as a kid and found it challenging. Even as an adult (21) on EASY (can do easy, medium, or hard for the quest), many of the mazes were a challenge and took multiple attempts. If I had to complain about anything it would be that even with the added challenges, I got to the last maze within a few hours or less of playing (however that was on easy and will probably take longer on medium and difficult).Read more ›
Pac-Man: Adventures in Time is a tragically overlooked game in the franchise that was only ever released for PC during the witnessing of the 21st century. Rather than being developed directly by Namco, production was handled by Hasbro and Creative Asylum, so I guess they didn't...promote it much?? I personally managed to stumble upon this game a very long time ago as I was, and still am, a huge-enough Pac-Fan to play more of the series than just the arcade classics. But enough about me; let's talk about why this game is a must-play!
If you can excuse the brief but silly storyline about an amulet that stabilizes Pac-Land's freedom from terror being smashed and scattered across time, Pac-Man Adventures in Time should make anyone that's played a Pac-Man game feel home, because the game consists of running around a maze, eating all the dots in the maze, being chased by ghosts, eating the ghosts after consuming Power Pellets, and snagging bonus fruits and other objects worth points.Read more ›
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I am grateful that a new version of Pac-Man had finally come to my house. Hopefully, my parents can play the game, too. They said that they enjoyed Pac-man when they were younger. Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by Daniel Edward Steele
As a long standing fan of Pac-Man, I picked up my copy of "Pac-Man: Adventures in Time" at Wal-Mart several years ago, and have never regretted it. Why? Read morePublished on June 7, 2006 by KnyteOwl
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