Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 43
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 43
  3. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Jan 31, 2011
    100
    One of the most exciting titles available. It is, in short, a game any sort of player – casual or hard-core – will take a shine to.
  2. 100
    There's almost too much game in there. [Feb 2011, p.121]
  3. Jan 3, 2011
    100
    A must-have for every hi-score maniac, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX can keep you away from your friends more than any woman, and away from you woman more than any friend. An act of love to the golden era of the arcade games and probably on of the best downloadable games of the year.
  4. Jan 2, 2011
    100
    This is the best downloadable title of the year: frenzied, addictive and defiant, along with a perfect pace and design. Pac-Man DX is a love letter to classic gaming, and the best update possible to the classic formula.
  5. Dec 21, 2010
    100
    This is a master class in game design: you will understand it instantly, enjoy it instantly, and want to play again and again.
  6. Dec 21, 2010
    100
    The only thing I really wish Pac-Man Championship Edition DX had was just more. More mazes, more modes, more ways for me to subjugate ghosts and rub my high scores in my friends' stupid, stupid faces. It's not that this package feels particularly anemic, it's just that what's here is so damn good, I wish it didn't have to end.
  7. Dec 21, 2010
    100
    There are also a wealth of presentation options that cover the gamut of Pac-man's 30-year history.
  8. Dec 21, 2010
    100
    To say that this is a must-buy is doing it a disservice; it's a game you'll want to instantly evangelise to anyone with even the vaguest sense of what makes a game good.
  9. Dec 21, 2010
    100
    A great game and a must-have for anyone who is a fan of old-school, classic games.
  10. Dec 21, 2010
    100
    I can't think of a single negative thing to say about it, and it's definitely in the contender for Game of the Year.
  11. Dec 21, 2010
    100
    Where previous iterations amounted to ports and bizarre 3D interpretations, Pac-Man CE managed to merge classic, addictive gameplay with a high-definition, modern touch.
  12. Dec 17, 2010
    100
    It is just that good, an incredibly fun game to both watch and play, and one that fills a thirty year old franchise full of life once again. It is hard to think of a more exciting and inventive way Pac-Man could have been re-envisioned in 2010.
  13. Dec 17, 2010
    100
    Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is an incredible game, from top to bottom.
  14. Dec 17, 2010
    99
    n short, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is everything you've come to love about the series, distilled down into its purest form.
  15. Dec 21, 2010
    98
    Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is an extraordinary package that appeals to nostalgic arcade dwellers and newcomers alike. Namco has done an excellent job preserving the essence of Pac-Man while adding in new features such as bombs and ghost chains to spice things up.
  16. Jan 2, 2011
    97
    One of the best Live Arcade games around: entertaining, immediate, challenging and nostalgic. A must have.
  17. Dec 26, 2010
    95
    With Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, Namco Bandai has done all this and more, crafting an utterly addictive Pac-Man experience that will thrill, challenge, and consume players of all ages, skill levels, and experience. It's the best Pac-Man game to date, and a must-play for anyone who has thumbs and likes playing video games. It's really that good.
  18. Dec 21, 2010
    95
    A little gem and a must have title both on PSN and Xbox Live. Highly recommended.
  19. Dec 21, 2010
    92
    The gameplay is incredibly addictive, the leaderboards will keep you busy for ages, and the presentation tops the original game in many ways. Drop a roll of quarters and let the fun commence. Wakka wakka wakka!
  20. Feb 18, 2011
    91
    DX is the gaming equivalent of throwing five Mentos mints into a cola bottle and shaking it until the lid pops in a fizzy explosion of insane foamy greatness. [Feb 2011, p.91]
  21. Dec 21, 2010
    91
    The Pac-Man recipe strikes again. It's a must-buy for true fans of wokka-wokka-wokka.
  22. Jan 25, 2011
    90
    As far as 2010 goes, it's mightily difficult to recommend a downloadable title more than Pac-Man Championship Edition DX.
  23. Jan 18, 2011
    90
    Sometimes the simplest games are the best and Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is one of those rare games that is super-easy to pick-up and play and impossible to put down.
  24. 90
    In fact, it's the opposite: a cranked-up and damn near hypnotic high-energy sprint across a flashy, ever-shifting psychedelic racetrack. [Feb 2011, p.79]
  25. 90
    Quite simply another brilliant title in concept and design. [Issue#67, p.100]
  26. Jan 5, 2011
    90
    In the end, I'm really judging my enjoyment level of Pac-Man CE DX compared to how addicted I was to the previous title.
  27. Jan 3, 2011
    90
    Seeing other companies failing to give the proper attention to their timeless classics, what Namco Bandai offers for a mere $10 cannot be overlooked, whether your a newcomer or hardened gamer.
  28. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    But when the actual game is compared to the finest of its score-hungry contemporaries - Trials HD, Super Stardust HD and Geometry Wars 2 - Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is a titanic event of equal worth.
  29. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    A perfect mix of retro and modern sensibilities that loses none of the charm or accessibility of the originals, but adds a great deal more variety.
  30. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    Namco Bandai once again shows us how to take your old properties and make them relevant and fun for modern audiences. Top notch.
  31. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    Pac-Man Championship Edition DX introduces a number of terrific new elements that make it a superb update of the arcade classic.
  32. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    It's an absolutely hypnotic experience, one that simply feels good to play, whether in short bursts or as an alien-abduction-like time-eater. It's a game that's as timeless as the original, and while it probably won't reinvigorate Pac-Man as a cultural phenomenon, it's certainly an amazing step towards making the series relevant again.
  33. Dec 21, 2010
    90
    Though I still don't know what a perfect game of DX looks like, the fact that I'm still glued to it (despite -- at this point -- finishing what I estimate to be maybe one actual five-minute game in any given hour) should give you a pretty clear idea of how I feel about it.
  34. Dec 17, 2010
    90
    Lest you fear that all the challenge has gone, let me ease your mind. Pac-Man DX ascends to mind-shattering speeds in a hurry, demanding fast minds and thumbs both.
  35. Dec 17, 2010
    90
    Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is as an exhilarating experience as its sibling, and provides enough differences from the previous game to make the aggressively priced 800 MSP title a worthy addition to your XBLA collection - a single go will have you gagging for more.
  36. Jan 8, 2011
    89
    While it's still puzzling why the developers seem so reluctant on including some sort of simultaneous multiplayer action, Championship Edition DX is unbelievably fun and mercilessly addictive, enhancing the timeless appeal of Toru Iwatani's original coin-op design to frantic and eye-catching levels.
  37. Jan 10, 2011
    85
    Simply a masterpiece. There's really no reason why this one shouldn't be in your collection, whether you are a fan of the saga or not. It's so funny and polished you really can't miss it.
  38. Jan 3, 2011
    85
    Unmatched combination of simplicity and fun in one of the best games in history, which again demonstrates that after 30 years its gameplay is still strong enough to engage us in our new consoles.
  39. 80
    Pac-Man made better. [Feb 2011, p.103]
  40. Jan 6, 2011
    80
    Pac-Man has received a facelift. The well-known bleeps that we know and love are now accompanied by a technobeat, the pace of the game is much faster and neonlights give the game a modern look. More importantly, the old concept of the game has been altered so that there's an original twist in every level.
  41. Jan 4, 2011
    80
    It's a more immediate and instantly gratifying variant of the classic game than any that have come before, but you have to wonder if all this pyrotechnic pizzazz doesn't come at the expense of long-term score attack potential. [Issue#104, p.123]
  42. Dec 21, 2010
    80
    With ten different courses to select and multiple challenges for each (mostly time trials and score challenges), there's quite a bit to Pac-Man Championship Edition DX to keep players busy.
  43. Dec 21, 2010
    80
    What a formidable tribute this Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is for the 30th birthday of Pac-Man. Addictive, thrilling, psychedelic, this frenzy-inducing downloadable title reinvents the classic gameplay with subtleness, without spoiling the substance of the original. Being able to refresh such an oldie without crushing it... kudos !
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Nov 26, 2010
    10
    OK so you have Pac-Man. Now you have this Pac-Man. This IS Pac-Man. I am amazed how they could improve the formula. This game is addicting. It's fast paced and there is nothing more satisfying then eating a train of 30 ghosts and wiping out the rest as you keep extending the power pill time. I even enjoy the Matrix time effect whenever you are close to getting nailed by a ghost. I can't think of any negatives. Full Review »
  2. Nov 22, 2010
    10
    When Namco released Championship Edition a couple years ago, I was completely blown away. Somehow, they've done it again. They've beefed up the gameplay yet again, this time adding more modes than you should get for $10. This game is awesome. Go get the trial! Full Review »
  3. Nov 24, 2010
    10
    Pac-Man Championship Edition DX just does what a game should do : it's fun to play and play again, it doesn't break too much away from the mold that made it an instant classic back when it originally released and adds a few variations here and there along with leader boards to give it replayability. Forget spending quarters over and over; for 10$, you'll be able to play this gem of a game without fear of running out of change.

    If you're still skeptical, download the trial and let the game show you what gaming is about : pure, unadulterated fun.
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