Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
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  1. Don't go into it looking for "Splinter Cell" and you will be happy.
  2. Being that so many versions are available however, at even cheaper prices, there’s not much reason to invest in this port.
  3. Nintendo Power
    The game partners well with "Pac-Man Vs." for the GCN, giving you single-player practice for the GCN game's frenetic multiplayer sessions. [July 2004, p.121]
  4. 60
    If you must get the game to complete the collection, go for it...but the version here doesn't offer anything more than what's already shipped for the system more than two years ago.
  5. But it's a classic arcade game, not a classic NES game. So this release does a decent job of duplicating the NES version of Pac-Man...but Pac-Man isn't famous for being an NES game, and this port of the arcade classic isn't terribly accurate or compelling.
  6. Pocket Games
    Skip this one and pick-up the compilation instead. [Summer 2004, p.15]
  7. 50
    Unless you're hung up on the prospect of collecting the entire NES Classics/Famicom Mini sets, you're definitely better off with Namco's "Pac-Man Collection." Or better yet, the fantastic NGPC version of the game.
  8. Technically, Pac-man has already made it onto a Game Boy Advance cartridge in Pac-man collection, and if you count Ms Pac Man in Namco museum. This makes it very difficult to justify a purchase, if the game is available for less, and it even has more games included.
  9. Cheat Code Central
    The score is now at the side to accommodate the smaller screen and the characters are scaled larger than the maze which causes them to clip through the walls. You won't get tagged if you pass by a ghost on the other side of the wall even though it may look as though you made contact with it, but it just looks and feels disconcerting.
  10. Play Magazine
    Due to adjustments made to the diagnosis, vertical movement is often an exercise in frustration. [Aug 2004, p.61]
  11. It’s a little hard to justify picking this up. It’s been available for a long time, and even though this one is arcade perfect, it’s easy to get elsewhere. 20 bucks isn’t worth it.
  12. In the end a blatant rip off like this could only happen on a console or handheld. Imagine what would happen if this was released today on the PC for £15 in this state? There would be a riot.
  13. While the game is somewhat enjoyable, it's just not worth your money to spend $20 on it. Why? Because "Pac-Man Collection" is already available on the GBA for $20 and it has 4 Pac-Man games on it, including a port of the arcade version!

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#35 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004

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