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  • Summary: 40 years after the classic Pac-phenomenon rocked the gaming world, PAC-MAN is back in a new 99-man battle royale. Get back in the maze and chase down the iconic ghosts.

    Who will be the last PAC-MAN standing?
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Apr 18, 2021
    90
    PAC-MAN 99 is another hit for Arika, this time with one of the most iconic arcade games of all time. It’s a bit surprising just how well Pac-Man fits into the 99-player battle royale format, but that’s just a testament to the work done by the developers. PAC-MAN 99 has me excited for whatever the developer’s put out next.
  2. Apr 21, 2021
    82
    Overall I’m really enjoying Pac-Man 99. It’s a great pick-up and play title for when you have just a couple of minutes and are looking for something to do. The gameplay is fast-paced, competitive, and surprisingly addicting. If you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, there’s no reason not to give the game a shot.
  3. Apr 19, 2021
    80
    Pac-Man 99 follows deftly in the footsteps of Nintendo’s Tetris 99 to provide a near-perfect multiplayer Pac experience. Pac-Man 99 is absolutely worth the download. It melds intense online competition with classic single-player gameplay to create a wholly new, yet utterly familiar experience. The extra content is superb, if overpriced. Just the same, whether you opt for the free version or spend for the extra content, there’s no shortage of fun to be had.
  4. Apr 15, 2021
    77
    To summarize it all. Pac-Man 99 is my favorite of the Nintendo battle royals (Goodbye to Mario 35). It is fast paced; it is fun, and it is addictive. You will catch yourself turning a 10-minute quickplay into a 2-hour power run to be the champion. It may get repetitive as these types of games tend to do, but if you enjoy Pac-Man and miss arcades and high score competitions then please try it. Remember its free… sort of.
  5. Apr 9, 2021
    75
    By taking up the simple concept of Pac-Man while adding multiplayer elements, it offers short games but of rare intensity thanks to its system of ghost trains and its visual effects, even if it means making the action sometimes confusing.
  6. Apr 15, 2021
    70
    The “free” experience for Nintendo Switch Online members is really quite good, and we recommend giving it a shot. The paid deluxe content, though, feels thin and doesn’t offer a lot for the price.
  7. Apr 21, 2021
    60
    While Pac-Man 99 brings that fun, fast-paced nature of Tetris 99 to yet another beloved franchise, it doesn’t translate as well here. Many of the rules never get explained and poor visual choices make for an occasionally scream-summoning experience, even for a veteran Pac-Man player like myself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. Apr 8, 2021
    10
    This game is honestly a timeless classic is really fun, then add some Nintendo magic and a battle royale to it and it is a perfect experienceThis game is honestly a timeless classic is really fun, then add some Nintendo magic and a battle royale to it and it is a perfect experience in my opinion, if you have switch online is an absolute must play. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2021
    10
    Yes, it may be a classic and it's a battle royale game, but PAC-MAN 99 is basically awesome.
  3. Apr 12, 2021
    9
    Pac-Man 99 est excellent, tout comme Tetris 99, le fait de partir d'un classique qu'est Pac-Man reste une excellente idée. Le jeu est ultraPac-Man 99 est excellent, tout comme Tetris 99, le fait de partir d'un classique qu'est Pac-Man reste une excellente idée. Le jeu est ultra rapide, facile à prendre en main et très plaisant à jouer. Le système de stratégie est vraiment très bien pensé et permet de s'adapté rapidement et simplement à la situation.
    Le jeu est également bien plus punitif qu'un Tetris 99 où vous pouvez faire des erreurs et revenir, ici une mauvaise observation et/ou anticipation et c'est fini. Le seul point noir du jeu est la lisibilité qui lorsque de très nombreuses animations, c'est vite le bordel à l'écran.
    Mais il reste vraiment très cool à jouer et à s'améliorer.
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  4. Apr 13, 2021
    9
    Pac-Man 99 is surprisingly one of the best Pac-Man games. It combines design elements of the arcade original, the modern Championship EditionPac-Man 99 is surprisingly one of the best Pac-Man games. It combines design elements of the arcade original, the modern Championship Edition series, and the "battle royale" format of Tetris 99 and Super Mario 35. The result is a game that is relentlessly engaging, intensely challenging, and deceptively deep.

    The game has no tutorial or manual, which is a huge oversight because it is harder to learn from gameplay alone than any other Pac-Man game. With that said, the extra rules layered on top of classic Pac-Man successfully facilitate interesting choices during gameplay.

    Here are some examples to consider:
    1. You only need to eat half the dots in a round to spawn the fruit that refreshes the maze (and crucially, the Power Pellets). But if you eat all the dots, you'll get a permanent speed boost.
    2. Eating a Power Pellet clears all jammers but not killers. Eating a fruit clears all killers, but not jammers. Killers are more dangerous, but fruits provide no protection from ghosts.
    3. Powerup modes come with drawbacks. "Speed" doubles your speed, but dramatically weakens your attacks. "Train" doubles the sleeping ghosts you wake, but spawns an extra jammer for each. "Stronger" doubles your attacks, but has a short duration and permanently lowers your speed.
    4. Sometimes you must avoid a vulnerable ghost train if you wish to build a stronger attack. But this may slow your dot-eating progress.
    5. When not powered up, you'll have to deal with the four ghosts that each have a unique movement style. Together they form a complex threat.

    Each gameplay element has a push and pull. As Pac-man and the ghosts get faster, the powerups last shorter, and jammers spawn erratically, you'll have to make and execute increasingly difficult decisions at breakneck speed. And if you think you can camp near Power Pellets and delay the later rounds as long as possible, you will find yourself moving slower than everyone else while they swarm you with jammers that bring your motion to a standstill as the ghosts close in.

    Perhaps the best part of Pac-Man 99 is that virtually all your arcade Pac-Man skills (if any) will carry over. Solid game design is timeless, and Pac-Man 99 is a great twist on a beloved classic.
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  5. Apr 11, 2021
    8
    When I first saw the reveal for this game, I was really scared that it was going to just flop in terms of quality, but I find this one of theWhen I first saw the reveal for this game, I was really scared that it was going to just flop in terms of quality, but I find this one of the best Battle Royale games out of the series of Tetris 99 & Super Mario Bros. 35. The gameplay controls like Pac-Man, however on Pro Controller, I really wish they could change movement to the Left Stick, instead of having the D-Pad control moving, which is fine because you can get used to it, but I still think there should have been options for controls before you start the game, because it will throw players off. The main priority is to just survive, and don't get killed. Prioritize getting any Power Pellet, and eat the Ghosts, because as the game goes on, these shadow-like Pac-Men appear to slow you down, Ghosts get faster, and eventually Red Pac-Men will appear, which will kill you if you touch them. The game however is sixty percent luck, and forty skill. Skill will get you far, but hitting 1st Place will take time for sure, I think it could be toned down a bit to make your chances of getting 1st Place.

    There's also other modes, BUT you have to purchase them. There's one of my problems that doesn't really get this game the perfect score it really should deserve. You see the game is technically free if you have Switch Online Membership, BUT with the free version, you can only play the 99-person BR and unlock some emblems for your profile picture. To get everything in the game, all the modes, the themes, emblems, and all of that, you need to pay $30, yikes. However, if you're playing this game only for the Battle Royale, you won't really WANT the other modes, the themes is really the only thing you'll want. The themes changes everything COMPLETELY. The map, the enemies, even the soundtrack, the only thing that generally remains the same is pellets, and when you access the power-pellet the enemies turn into blue ghosts. The only DLC I've gotten is the Galaga Theme, which is really fun, listening to the Galaga theme before a match starts, my problem with that is that it still goes on for about a second when the game starts, its a minor thing, but it threw me off.

    For a short Soundtrack, well, its good. The Lobby theme is nice, and the game over and music while the game is on is good. The Soundtrack is good but there isn't much of it to review, which is understandable since the game is just some modes and a load...a LOAD of theme packs.

    Overall, if you have Online, play it, its a fun timewaster and it can get addicting at times, the only flaws are some bits of the gameplay and how in order to play anything but the BR you need to pay for it, I just wish some could be unlockable by advancing levels, which would encourage playing the game more. But yeah, I think this is SLIGHTLY better than Tetris 99 and better than Super Mario Bros. 35. I really hope they do events and some fun activities for the game, because it HAS potential, even with some minor flaws. So yeah, play it, its fun.
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  6. Apr 8, 2021
    5
    I wanted to enjoy this, I really did, but it's a well-presented mess of ideas that ultimately turns the game into one of luck overall. TheI wanted to enjoy this, I really did, but it's a well-presented mess of ideas that ultimately turns the game into one of luck overall. The lack of tutorial, controls on the Joycon and strange ghost AI is only the beginning.

    - It's too easy to clear the obstacles off the board because of ease of access to Power Pellets, so most attacks are useless which was a big problem in Mario 35. EXCEPT for the Red Pac Men. If they happen to randomly spawn in a place that boxes you in... good luck. You may get a warning that they're going to appear, but the fast paced nature of the game makes it impossible to plan for their arrival every time, especially as the patterns of the dots that will appear and placement of traps is never the same twice.

    - The different power modes feel unbalanced. Since most attacks are just negated with a single power pellet anywwy anyway, why not use Speed mode all the time, especially when there is no major benefit to Standard, Train mode only carries more risk. As for Stronger mode? It instantly takes a Speed unit away from you, which requires you to clear the entire maze of Pac Dots to obtain. In exchange you get twice the attack power... Which will promptly be erased by a power pellet anyway. If anything this one is a power-down!

    - Because the ghosts spend a lot of time in their vulnerable state, it's impossible to keep up with which is which when they turn back to normal. They may suddenly change behaviour to what you expected, just because you guessed wrong. The huge trains only mask their identities further, because of how many ghosts start moving in different directions at once.

    - The regular ghosts sometimes blend in with the crowd of the trains, making it very hard to see which way they're going next, especially if they suddenly about-face as they sometimes tend to do after a power pellet to readjust their pathfinding.

    Perhaps most importantly, it doesn't feel like you're up against other players. Since there's no way of judging how powerful your attacks will be - especially as higher chains don't seem to make any difference - and no way of deciding if you'll send Red Pac Men or just regular jammers, it feels like the game is just tossing things at you and hoping it traps you, rather than you outlasting real opponents like with the superior title, Tetris 99.

    Presentation and music wise, the game is fantastic, although the DLC prices seem rather stingy. Were this a full priced game the score would be much more harsh, but mercifully at least it's a free title that won't be going anywhere for a good while, unlike a certain other title...
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