Pac-Man is 35 years old this year, and the little yellow chomper has been in a wide variety of games over the years. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is now available on iOS to provide the familiar set-up with new age arcade twists. Pac-Man CE made its way to iOS a couple years back complete with boards that shift as you collect dots and big bonus chains when munching ghosts. The new DX version builds upon the concept with four distinct game modes, all new mazes, and a ton more ghosts.
Pac-Man CE DX launches with ten zones with each one featuring score attack, ghost combo, and time trail game modes. No matter which mode you play, your goal is to collect dots like usual, and when you collect all the dots on one half of the screen, you unlock a piece of fruit that replenishes dots in a new pattern. You’re constantly going from one half of the screen to the other to clear each section to unlock another section with all new point potential. The mazes in Pac-Man CE DX are filled with sleeping ghosts that are awoken and angered when you go by, and the angry ghosts stack up in a chain hot on your heels as you move around. The best way to maximize your score is to keep unlocking new sections with new sleeping ghosts, and then risk a bigger and bigger chain before you hit the power pellet to start munching on huge ghost combos.
The core components of Pac-Man make for a classic, and the new aspects of Pac-Man CE DX amplify the arcade action. Every mode is based on time, so you want to always be quick in munching dots and dodging ghosts as every second counts. It’s fast paced fun that is all about picking patterns, and weaving through the mazes in the most succinct paths to awake ghosts and collect dots. All of the action is controlled by simply swiping in the direction you want Pac-Man to move, and it’s quite a responsive way to play that offers precision under the time based circumstances. The levels and modes do blend together from time to time, but there are three difficulty levels to pick from. The game also allows you to switch between maze style, and character design for a fresh look in any given level.
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX ($4.99, Universal) delivers fast paced fun with classic Pac-Man put into all new challenges for you to enjoy making it well worth the price of admission.