Pac-Man World 3 GameCube

Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
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  1. A fantastic action-platformer that, despite a few technical hitches and minor camera problems, delivers well over 10 hours of 3D Pac-Man goodness.
  2. AceGamez
    80
    A fantastic action-platformer that, despite a few technical hitches and minor camera problems, delivers well over ten hours of 3D Pac-Man goodness.
  3. You may think I'm full of BS, but Pac-Man World 3 will last you anywhere from 8-12 hours.
  4. Nintendo Power
    70
    Platform afficionados will appreciate the smooth control and nonstop action. [Jan 2006, p.110]
  5. The humor is often funny and always clean, which is a real accomplishment.
  6. Nothing can save Pac-Man World 3 from feeling simply average, and that extends to the game's presentation as well. This is not helped by some crippling technical issues, which are highlighted by an unmanageable and nearly-broken camera.
  7. 69
    Blitz Games has to its credit delivered Pac-Man fans a sequel with tight controls and occasionally engaging level designs. There studio has also successfully merged new and old styles, presenting in-game challenges that require you to play nicely emulated original Pac-Man levels.
  8. A platformer, characterized most notably by its fusion of classic Pac-Man moments and generic platforming gameplay.
  9. Lack of replay value relegates this game to a rental.
  10. Due to its unoriginal rehash of platformer game mechanics Pac-Man World 3 is only recommended for younger audiences or those new to the 3D platformer.
  11. It's just not as fun as the previous games in the series. Too much of the formula has changed, and almost none of it for the better.
  12. It avoids completely trashing the action-platformer genre, so if you have a touch of Pac-Man fever and can't find an arcade with the coin-op machine, you might just want to check this one out.
  13. Game Informer
    63
    The dialogue is actually charming and sometimes clever, but the loose controls found in the main game also plauge the arcade port to a degree, which to me, is the biggest bummer of this outing. [Jan 2006, p.138]
  14. No, it's hardly the greatest platformer ever - far from it - but it certainly isn't the worst.
  15. Despite its admirable music and noteworthy play control, Pac 3 is too bland for the common gamer to take notice. It's pleasant for a while, but you'll quickly grow tired of it.
  16. Nintendo Gamer
    56
    A competent, by-the-numbers platformer that isn't nearly as vile as we were expecting. [Aug 2006, p.61]
  17. It's sad when a gaming icon known for eschewing cliches gets mired in so many of them that he becomes part of the me-tooism he originally tried to combat.

Awards & Rankings

#37 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jan 6, 2016
    7
    Whilst Pac-Man World 3 is mostly enjoyable, it is a large drop in quality from its predecessor. The weakened gameplay and control scheme, asWhilst Pac-Man World 3 is mostly enjoyable, it is a large drop in quality from its predecessor. The weakened gameplay and control scheme, as well as the overwhelmingly less vibrant settings hurt the game overall. Full Review »
  2. Dec 16, 2013
    3
    This game can be defined in two words. Not fun. Simple as that. I previously played Pac-man World 2 and had a blast. I thought this one wouldThis game can be defined in two words. Not fun. Simple as that. I previously played Pac-man World 2 and had a blast. I thought this one would be just as good. I thought wrong. Full Review »
  3. Jan 8, 2013
    8
    A rather enjoyable platformer. Pac-Man World 3 puts Pac-Man in a lot of interesting and fun situations and the only gripe that I have withA rather enjoyable platformer. Pac-Man World 3 puts Pac-Man in a lot of interesting and fun situations and the only gripe that I have with the game is that the individual levels can drag on and are difficult to 100% because of their length. Other than that however, I think that the graphic design really helps the game with its large and lush environments. Full Review »