Published on March 18th, 2012 | by Chris Ramirez, Editor
In With the Old, Out With the New – Week 7
Here at GAMINGtruth.com, one thing we all love is retro games. Majority of the staff has their own personal collections of games and systems and play them often. We encourage our readers to step away from the new, just for a little bit, and go back to the games that made modern gaming possible. However, the GAMINGtruth staff understands how difficult that could be sometimes. Not everybody saved their older gaming consoles and, unless you score at a yard sale or thrift store, buying older consoles and games could be pricey.
However, developers have been re-releasing some of their classic games. This time, you could play on the go, anytime you want. No, it is not a Nintendo DS or a PlayStation Vita or PSP. Surprisingly, a number of these classic games can be played on iOS devices. Apple’s App Store has a number of retro games available at a cheaper price than you will find for the console version.
Ever week, GAMINGtruth.com will highlight one of these games no retro gamer, iOS device owner should not be without.
Pac Man: Championship Edition
The Pac-Man series is a staple to many retro gamers’ collections. With iconic characters, gameplay, soundboard and difficulty, Pac-Man is well known by gamers and non-gamers alike. Pac-Man has been ported to almost every system and has been ported to the “plug and play” controllers that allows players to play the game at home as they did in the arcade. Pac Man is one of the most beloved video games of all time.
Ports of the game have been untouched until 2007 when Pac-Man: Championship Edition was released on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Pac-Man: Championship Edition made Pac-Man faster, brought in a number of challenges, and reintroduced the series to a new audience. Finally, in late 2009, Pac Man: Championship Edition made its way to iOS devices through the Apple App Store for $4.99.
Pac-Man: Champoinship Edition has been given a makeover. The game looks amazing on Apple’s Retina displays. The soundboard of the game remains untouched. This is a great decision by Namco because it allows the game to continue to feel like the original Pac-Man game instead of complete remake.
Unlike the original Pac-Man where the players have to eat all the dots of the maze without being caught by one of the ghosts (Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde) to clear the level, Pac-Man: Championship Edition generates a series of dots on two mazes. Players will navigate through one maze to eat all the dots to get a powerup. Once the powerup has been eaten, a new series of dots will appear on the second maze. Players go back and forth between the two mazes with each series of dots getting more elaborate and the ghost getting quicker. In addition, Pac-Man Championship Edition also introduced a challenge mode in which players need to get as many points as they could under a certain time limit. A mission mode is also included that gives players objectives to meet. Some objectives include eating a ghost a certain number of times, eating certain fruits, completing certain levels by changing the control scheme, etc.
The game offers three unique control schemes. Players can play using a traditional directional pad, swipe the screen to change Pac-Man’s direction, or utilized the gyro capabilities and move the device the direction players want to go. Each control scheme brings something different to the game, however most retro gamers will stick with the classic d-pad.
The original Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man is also available through the Apple App Store, but Pac Man: Championship Edition is this writers pick of games that every retro gamer iOS device owner must have. The game sticks to its roots but with a few minor changes and modes that allows the game to be more face paced, challenging, brings Pac Man into the 21st century.