• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Apr 26, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
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  1. 75
    This slowly-increasing sense of challenge is what elevates Pac-Pix above so many of the clever tech demo that comprise the DS library.
  2. The worst strike against Pac-Pix is that the charm and shine wears off very quickly indeed.
  3. AceGamez
    Pac-Pix is the perfect remedy for the supposed lack of innovative DS games and looks to pave a smooth layer of concrete over Yoshi Touch & Go's rough job for new and unique DS games like Electroplankton, Ace Attorney and Trauma Center to glide right on in.
  4. It’s the sort of game you’d find yourself playing while on hold during a telephone call, or waiting for your computer to load - just like how you’d probably find yourself doodling if there was paper and a pen next to you instead of your DS.
  5. It isn’t the deepest game in existence, nor is it the most complex, but when it comes to taking full advantage of what the DS has to offer, not many games do it better than Pac-Pix.
  6. Cheat Code Central
    It shows the potential of the DS by exploiting its uniqueness, something that these next-gen console and future next-gen consoles will not be able to touch. Literally.
  7. On a fundamental level, there is nothing wrong with Pac-Pix. Where it falls apart is just the fact that it doesn’t provide enough substance. It feels like exactly what it is – a stretched-out tech demo.
  8. Very few times in the DS short history have we seen games actually use the touch screen to its advantage in the way that this game did.
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    A genuinely fun game that makes clever use of the DS's touch screen. [June 2005, p.107]
  10. There is enough difficulty, some intentional, some inherent to poor design, that will keep many players engaged until the end, but again, once it is over, Pac-Pix is likely to be shelved in favor of something more fun, and longer lasting - such as pizza.
  11. Pac-Pix was always going to struggle to be more than a cute little concept game that showed off how cool the touch-screen idea was, and so it has proved. For a few hours it's a really entertaining diversion that's unlike anything we've seen before.
  12. 60
    Fun while it lasts, but like the title character’s insatiable appetite, you will be hungry for more. It needs more levels, more objects to draw, and a few alternate play modes to make this game worth penciling in for most puzzle game fans.
  13. This is a breath of fresh air that will hopefully inspire others to start creating some original works for this struggling system.
  14. Game Informer
    A satisfying, inventive title for the DS crowd. [June 2005, p.137]
  15. Much like "Yoshi Touch & Go," the Pac-Pix's cool tech demo roots are supported by a frighteningly flimsy frame, resulting in just another misuse of Pac-Power.
  16. 75
    Once all is said and done, there’s next to no replayability factor for Pac-Pix. There’s really no need to go back and challenge a chapter you’ve already completed, and once beating the game, Pac-Pix may indeed grow a nice dust layer on top.
  17. Even after all these years, the loveable yellow circle with the eating disorder still has what it takes to entertain gamers everywhere.
  18. The game really doesn't have that much to offer, but it does have twelve different levels in which you draw out your own conclusions, and they get more fun with each level.
  19. A great all-round package. Replayable, original, and overall, great fun.
  20. The sheer originality and inventiveness of Pac-Pix inevitably wins through, making this one of the most memorable games you'll ever play. [NGC Pocket]
  21. games(TM)
    A great concept that’s bereft of longevity... It’s definitely a title that needs to be experienced, but whether it should sit proudly on your gaming shelf is less certain. [July 2005, p.113]
  22. You'll probably dig on the game's unique concept, but when it comes to playing Pac-Pix, that concept gets old real fast.
  23. At times it will get frustrating when you think you have a Pac-Man drawn, and it doesn’t spring to life.
  24. If you are looking for a good DS title to fit the bill until the next big thing hits store shelves, then Pac-Pix isn’t the worst decision you could make, providing you know what you are buying in the first place.
  25. Touch-screen usage is top notch, production values are high, and the nostalgia just pours in once you start playing.
  26. 80
    It's a lot of fun, but you have to get through the frustration element of your drawings failing for no other reason than they weren't perfect enough for the software to recognize.
  27. 80
    Even though it's not the most challenging time you can have, it's a ton of fun that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
  28. When it comes down to it, I'd much rather take a short game with a great idea rather than a lengthy one without any innovation.
  29. netjak
    You could plunk your money down for worse titles from Nanco, but that honestly isn't saying much this year. When someone figures out how to put together an actual game with depth, challenge, and uses the touch screen as more than a gimmick, get back to me.
  30. This is why I love the Nintendo DS system. You can't do this kind of game on any other system. This type of game is new, refreshing and very innovative!
  31. It is simply too bad that the gesture recognition is so far below acceptable standards, otherwise this game could have nearly reached the mid-8's, score-wise.
  32. Nintendo Power
    Probably one of the most innovative gameplay ideas you'll ever see. Pac-Pix will be remembered 10 years from now. [June 2005, p.96]
  33. It's too frustrating for an eleven year old and too mindless for anyone older, so it's hard to tell exactly who this game is for or even why it was made in the first place.
  34. An excellent example of a new form of gameplay unique to the DS. It’s pure fun and puts a smile on the face of anybody playing it. [Import]
  35. 70
    It's a beautiful, magical experience, but at the same time it's one of the shortest console games we've ever seen - if you don't love it enough to play it to destruction, chances are it'll be back in the shop in a week. [JPN Import]
  36. 70
    Delivers what the DS promised – originality. It’s just a shame there isn’t more to it.
  37. Pelaaja (Finland)
    Pac-Pix is an imaginative experiment which shows that developers are getting to grips with the DS and the machine can offer new kinds of interesting gameplay. [July 2005, p.75]
  38. Play Magazine
    A challenging drawing/action/puzzle game that delivers a unique take on a venerable classic. [May 2005, p.72]
  39. What can't be overlooked though, is the fact that the game started out as a technical demo to show off what the DS can do. Since then, little has been done to turn it into a fully fledged game.
  40. More variety in the dozen multi-levelled chapters would have been welcome.
  41. The first time you see your Pac-Man come to life on the screen, the one that you have drawn, it's impossible not to smile. The rest of the game is challenging enough to keep you busy for a little while, but the fun factor is what will keep you coming back to beat your old high scores.

Awards & Rankings

#40 Most Discussed DS Game of 2005
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 6, 2014
    It's by no means, a perfect game, but if you can get it for 10 - 20 dollars, it's worth it. There are times when it can be a bit frustrating,It's by no means, a perfect game, but if you can get it for 10 - 20 dollars, it's worth it. There are times when it can be a bit frustrating, when your drawings don't register and you're running out of time on the level, and some of the music really isn't that good. However, for an early DS game, the graphics look really good, and the game itself is rather cute. Overall, recommended if you want a good distraction. Also, the game is, well, kind of repetitive. It DOES throw new things at you to not make you bored, but it's simply not enough. Okay game, overall. Full Review »
  2. Sep 29, 2013
    Pax Pix does a good job at making the DS technology important to gameplay, but in the end it still falls short of being a fully satisfyingPax Pix does a good job at making the DS technology important to gameplay, but in the end it still falls short of being a fully satisfying game. The repetitive formula feels more like a mini game that should be spaced out as an exercise within a full game, or else put in a mini game collection. The play did not intrigue me enough to give me any real desire to keep going through the levels, and I can't imagine this game being a more than a quick time waster for players.
    This is the kind of title that should be bought from the "bargain bin" if you don't want to feel cheated.
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  3. CitruspongeS
    Aug 28, 2005
    Fun for a while, and makes great use of the DS too. Deep as a puddle though, the game won't last long and only extremely competetive Fun for a while, and makes great use of the DS too. Deep as a puddle though, the game won't last long and only extremely competetive persons will bother replaying for high scores. Pretty catchy music, and lovely doodle/paint style graphics. Worth playing, not really worth the full price. Full Review »