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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Pac-Man returns in this enhanced version of the all time classic videogame. Pac-Man Championship Edition has many new and unique gameplay features, but still spotlights the big yellow PAC-MAN we all know and love. The enhanced version now features constantly evolving mazes, a time limit, and six different game modes. Graphics and sound have been fully enhanced in this new version of the classic game. You'll have to practice hard and play well to conquer the increased gameplay speed! Remember, this is the Championship Edition so you know it will provide a good challenge. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
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  1. Behold - the finest score attack arcade game on Live Arcade since "Geometry Wars." [Sept 2007, p.96]
  2. 95
    Combining the old-school feel with new-gen intensity, Pac-Man World Championship is the best Xbox Live Arcade game since Geometry Wars.
  3. For the price tag of 800 MS Points, Pac-Man Championship Edition is priced right. The action is fun and simple to enjoy while keeping a traditional approach with a few presentation and gameplay upgrades.
  4. If all retro games received remixes this compelling, you would hear gamers begging for them rather than bemoaning them.
  5. Filing stuff. [Issue#23, p.98]
  6. Great to look at and the new mazes rock. [Aug 2007, p.103]
  7. Pac-Man Championship Edition is awesome, but just doesn't feel like a full game. It feels like a bonus mode to a more full-featured title.

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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  1. Sep 22, 2010
    I played this one game in an arcade that had an xbox machinme hooked up to look like an arcade cabinet but really it was a lie box because xbox machines are not arcade cabinets but this game is an arcade game. The arcade also had a slush puppy machine and a friendly man changing notes for coins. he was sat behind a glass shelf which I at first thought peculiar but it was just for safety of said man incase of gun attack. The game is perfect apart from the ghosts. A CONTINUOS NUICANCE! Collapse
  2. AnthB.
    Aug 3, 2007
    Best game I've played on XBLA so far. Unlocked all the achievements but I love coming back to try and beat my Championship score.
  3. BryanK.
    Jun 10, 2007
    Pac-man is a game synonymous with gaming. It was the grandfather or arcade games, but it has never been met with a true sequel. Yes, there was Ms. Pac-man, but in reality the only difference between Pac-man and Ms. Pacman is a bow. Enter Pac-man : CE, and we've got the first true sequel the franchise has seen. The way it works is the screen is split into two halves that you can more through freely. On each half there are some dots, and once you clear the dots from one half a piece of fruit will appear on the other side of the map. When you eat the fruit a wave will go across the screen and replenish it with dots and it will also modify the map. This eliminates any break in the action that the original Pac-man had. The game modes are divided into 5 minute and 10 minute modes. The timer adds a sense of urgency to the game. You get the feeling like you have to accomplish as much as possible before the timer runs out. The ghosts are almost the same with one big change. You can now chain together your power pellets to get a higher multiplier. So if you eat a pellet, then eat all the ghosts, if you eat another pellet it will continue the multiplier until it tops out at 3200, but you can continue to chain the pellets together to keep increasing how many 3200 points you get. These new gameplay mechanics definitely change the way the game is played. There is more strategy, and it also makes everything in the game a valid part of the game. Before fruit were only for bonuses, but now they have an active role in the game. All in all this is a frentic, fun and addictive addition to anyone's collection. Remember, this isn't your grandmother's Pac-man. Expand
  4. Aaace5
    Jun 10, 2007
    I never thought Pac-man would be fun again, but somehow they managed to pull it off! I don't know if it's the neon light levels, the bass thumpin music, or the gradual increase in speed for each level, or maybe some kind of hidden pac-man magic. I still think all arcade games on live should cost 400 points($5), but this is still a good game at 800 points($10). Expand
  5. LeeH.
    Jun 15, 2007
    Excellent update of a classic that adds just enough to keep it fresh and exciting.
  6. JoeyK.
    Jun 30, 2007
    This is the first Pac-Man game to ever expand on the original while keeping the core of what makes it's great. The retro graphics combined with slick presentation is awesome, and the gameplay is spot on. Number one complaint: Analog stick just not responsive enough. It's really a testament to the power of Pac-Man that it took 20 years for someone to figure out how to improve the game. Expand
  7. MichaelD.
    Jun 6, 2007
    At first glance, this looks like Pac-Man with a new coat of paint. Anyone who spends time with Pac-Man Championship Edition will quickly realize, however, that this is not the case. Time limit and the ability to chain power pellet runs together for more points turn high-level Pac-Man into a game that rewards aggressive play, rather than pattern memorization and mere survivability. I won't be at all surprised if it's decried by the competitive Pac-Man crowd as twitchy rubbish, but in reality these drastic changes make the game far, far more interesting. So before you jump on the LOL PAC MAN WITH NEW MAZES FOR $10 YEAH RIGHT MS bandwagon, give the game a shot. It's not going to win over many people who didn't like the original, and it might even offend some fans of the classic, but this is high quality gaming. Expand

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