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  • Summary: PAC-MAN, the yellow 80's icon with a voracious appetite that has transcended generation upon generation of gamers, stars in this nostalgia-packed collection of games. In the game, players will need to skilfully dodge and juke troublesome ghosts while gobbling up all the pac-dots and power pellets lying in their path. PAC-MAN MUSEUM will include classic PAC-MAN titles as well as newer arcade releases, allowing gamers to play through the evolution of PAC-MAN from his humble beginnings from 1980 through 2008's critically acclaimed PAC-MAN Championship Edition and 2010's arcade smash-hit PAC-MAN Battle Royale. Collapse
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  1. Mar 2, 2014
    In short, Pac-Man Museum is the best representation of what has been a truly illustrious video game career.
  2. Feb 28, 2014
    The overall presentation is cute, with a virtual Pac Room that you can deck out with unlockable items, and a sticker album that you fill up by completing challenges. Namco missed a critical opportunity, however, in putting all the games into a greater context.
  3. Feb 28, 2014
    If you've never played Championship Edition before and thus do not have DX to compare it to, it's a perfect way to re-acclimate yourself to the franchise, while you use Royale to spice up your next local gathering. Everyone else who lacks friends on-hand or has already played CE should wait for a sale, or pass this one up entirely.
  4. Mar 5, 2014
    You cannot help but think that a more fitting tribute to the little yellow fella would have been a standalone version of the top-drawer Battle Royale, with the inclusion of online play that they have bafflingly ignored.
  5. Apr 27, 2014
    An okay celebration of 30 years of Pac-Man's furious assault on the four unluckiest ghosts ever. There are better Pac-related options though. [Issue#110, p.78]
  6. 60
    A disorienting mix of the classic, the needless and the forgotten. [Apr 2014, p.89]
  7. 50
    The world's first bona fide videogame mascot deserved better than to have five failures trotted out alongside four dirt-simple classics, and the inflated price of admission doesn't do his flawed exhibition any favors. [May 2014, p.83]

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  1. Feb 27, 2014
    The difficulty in rating a game like this is that it is a collection of aged games, albeit that some of the collection has not yet appeared on consoles. As a whole, this collection could stand from including the history of the more obscure games and xbox live support for more than just leaderboards, but this seems to be a hastily put together compilation.

    Pac-man Battle Royale would have saved this collection from being a money grab, but the exclusion of xbox live support (local player only) basically limits this to a party game. Pac-man, Super pac-man, mrs. pac-man, etc. are all faithfully emulated, so much so that the emulation causes the screen to be letterboxed (cannot be adjusted). This game would have been disappointing at $10 and is a travesty at $20.