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Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. If you prefer racing with Namco characters as opposed to Nintendo characters, this is the game for you. But Mario Kart still finishes first with everybody else far behind.
  2. No replays, soft collision, and pesky bombs aside, PMWR is a fair rally game, and possibly the most brand-drenched racer ever. [Aug 2006, p.64]
  3. If you're looking for a great kart game, stick with "Mario Kart." If you really have the urge to play a kart game featuring Namco characters, then by all means, pick up Pac-Man World Rally.
  4. When cutting and pasting "Mario Kart" into a Pac-Man template, someone forgot to include the folder marked "Incredible Fun." Does anyone really like Pac-Man a a person? [Nov 2006, p.58]
  5. Moderately enjoyable, mainly because the character selection is so diverse. When's the last time you saw Pooka from "Dig-Dug" show the Prince of All Cosmos who's boss?
  6. Though it's a solid entry to the staid genre, World Rally is a bit too kid friendly to recommend to anyone who reads past a fifth grade level. [Sept. 2006, p.99]
  7. But for the most part, it's a coookie-cutter kart game, and after 25-plus years of entertaining us, Pac-Man deserves more. [Oct. 2006, p.92]
  8. You do, however, get four-player split-screen, as opposed to the PS2's two-player mode. Whatever platform you choose, Pac-Man isn't a stellar example of the genre, but it's not a shameless money-grab either.
  9. Pac-Man World Rally is a paint-by-numbers kart racer with almost zero in the way of unique qualities or challenges.
  10. 50
    If you have a younger sibling or a rugrat of your own, sure, it may well be worth dropping 30 bucks on this thing to express your affection or shut them up or whatever you need to do. You probably just won't want it for yourself.

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