The final game developed by the father of Pac-Man
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I'm Gaming Jay: Youtube gamer, let's player, fan of retro games, and determined optimist... Join me in this series while I try out EACH of the video games in the book 1001 VIDEO GAMES YOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE, before I die. The game review for each game will focus on the question of whether you MUST play this game before you die. But to be honest, the game review parts are just for fun, and are not meant to be definitive, in depth reviews; this series is more about the YouTube gamer journey itself. From Mario games to the Halo series, from arcade games to Commodore 64, PC games to the NES and Sega Genesis, Playstation to the Xbox, let's play those classic retro games that we grew up with, have fond memories of, or heard of but never got a chance to try! And with that said, the game review for today is...
Pac-Man Championship Edition
Pac-Man Championship Edition (パックマン チャンピオンシップエディション Pakkuman Chanpionshippu Edishon, sometimes referred to as Pac-Man C.E.) is a 2007 video game in the Pac-Man series, developed by Namco Bandai Games for consoles.
The game was designed by Tōru Iwatani, the creator of the original 1980 arcade game Pac-Man, and it was Iwatani's final game before his retirement.
Originally released on the Xbox Live Arcade service for the Xbox 360, it was later released for the Android, iOS, J2ME, Roku, Maemo 5 and S60 platforms, on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 consoles, on Nintendo 3DS as part of the retail game Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions, and as part of the downloadable game compilation, Pac-Man Museum for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam for the PC.
Pac-Man Championship Edition received two successors—an indirect follow-up, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, which was released in 2010, featuring new gameplay elements—and a direct sequel, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, which was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2016 and on the Nintendo Switch in 2018.
Like the original Pac-Man, the basic game play of Pac-Man Championship Edition consists entirely of navigating Pac-Man through a maze, eating dots, power pellets and bonus items (such as fruits, keys, and other objects), and avoiding the four ghosts that roam the maze as well. If Pac-Man is caught by a ghost, the player loses a life. Eating a power pellet causes the ghosts to turn blue, allowing Pac-Man to eat them and send them back to their home, where they re-emerge in their original form.
However, there are several major differences from its original counterpart, making Pac-Man C.E. a faster paced game. Each maze is divided into two halves. Eating all the dots on one half causes a bonus item to appear on the other side, and eating the item causes a new maze to appear on the other half. Players can also collect additional power pellets to increase their powered up time and continue earning maximum points for eating ghosts. The longer the player stays alive, the faster the game gets and the more points can be earned. As opposed to levels, the game is played within a certain time limit, with players attempting to get the highest score possible.
The game features six modes: Championship, which is the basic five-minute mode, two Challenge modes which affect the stage (such as increasing power pellet pickups or putting the maze in darkness) and three Extra modes featuring different mazes. The game also supports online leader boards.