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Firstly, I am defiantly biased being a member of acoders, but I am reviewing this game with full honesty. I am very picky with games, and as you will read this game passed my criticism with flying colors. Now onto the review:
Pacman, a game of mazes, chases and mind altering pills. There once was a time when all you could hear was the sound of money dropping into slots, and BEEeeewEeeeOeee as pac after pac evapourated into a flash. That time is over, until now that is!
Pacz follows up from an unfinished (in my eyes) pacmanworlds. It features a much missed save feature that was really needed in the first game. As you would expect, you play the famous yellow pill muncher, and your foe is an army of cartoon looking ghosts. The main emphasis of play, is to clear a level of the pills, and proceed onto the next stage. This is where the similarities with pacman end.
The first thing you will notice when you load pacz is simply, the game has excellent graphics. They do the original proud, but yet bring a whole new style into the game. Various usual gameworlds like fire,ice,earth,etc are littered with neat graphical touches that really add to the atmosphere.
Around the levels you will have your usual pac munchies (the dots), which you have to collect to complete the level. The pac pillz, which stun the ghosts; and the ghosts themselves. The ghosts each boast a different type of intelligence and special attack. For example, the red ghost is always hot on your tail sending fireballs your way. This really adds to the gameplay, as you learn tactics to beat particular ghosts.
Not only do the ghosts in pacz have special powers, but pacz has his very own tricks. Pacz can collect jump tokens, which enable you to jump over oncoming ghosts. These are to be used in times of emergancy, as when they run out, no more jumps. Pacz can also lay bombs, which explode in all 4 directions killing (can you really kill a ghost ?) any ghosts in its path. If at any time you run out of these items, you can simply goto the shop and spend coins which you have collected throughout the game.
During every level there is a little flying helper ghost that drops letters onto the playfield. If you have ever played bubble bobble, you will understand what they are for. When you complete a set of letters, to make a word you will unlock a feature in the game. Also dotted around each level, are super munchies (what I call them). When you collect one of these a piece of fruit will burst out. Collect 5 pieces of fruit, and pacz goes hurtling off at high speed for a limited amount of time. Be carefull though, as if you go into a no speeding zone, the police ghost will chase you with red and blue lights flashing.
To finalize, this game is massive. The small features really keep you glued, and the massive worlds will grab you until you complete this beast of a game. Once you have completed the game, thats not it. There are level attacks, hidden games, score board submissions, hidden areas and much much more. This game is definatly worth the small cost. I advise anyone who likes pacman to take the leap and make their first shareware purchase.
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