Game review: Pac-Man World: Re-Pac (PS4 & PS5)

Earlier this year, Bandai Namco already gave 90s kids something to celebrate when it released the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie series. It was a remake of the two original Klonoa games released on PSOne and PS2.

Well, Bandai Namco is back with the publisher now publishing Pac-Man World: Re-Pac. This is another remake that brings the 1999 PSOne original to modern audiences and platforms. For the purposes of this review, we played the remake on PS5 and PS4 consoles.

Most people are familiar with the Pac-Man arcade game where the yellow protagonist must collect pellets and swallow the evil ghosts. The levels are simple as you are inside a maze, having to avoid being hit by the colored ghosts.

Pac-Man World: Re-Pac is very different as it is a 3D platformer similar to the Crash Bandicoot series. Instead of having an open world environment like Spyro the Dragon, all levels in Pac-Man are pretty linear as you have to get from point A to point B while collecting lots of items along the way.

Being a platform game, Pac-Man World: Re-Pac actually has a little narrative to set the game in motion. In this game, the main villain is a huge metal Pac-Man named Toc-Man. Toc-Man and his henchmen have kidnapped Pac-Man’s entire family for some reason. For this reason, you have to adventure as Pac-Man to save his whole family hidden in the levels.

What you’ll notice most about Pac-Man World: Re-Pac is the fact that the visuals are much better now in 2022. I remember playing the original Pac-Man World in 1999, and the graphics looked pixelated and outdated on the PSOne. The remake makes the game much smoother and brighter than ever.

There isn’t much of a difference in terms of visuals between the PS5 and PS4 versions. Both games load pretty quickly and I didn’t encounter any glitches or glitches while playing them. If you can’t buy a next-gen console right now, you don’t have to worry about the performance of the last-gen versions.

In terms of gameplay, Pac-Man World: Re-Pac is surprisingly difficult, thanks to the limited move set Pac-Man has in this game. One of Pac-Man’s worst attacks is throwing pellets at his enemies. This attack is pretty useless because it has no range and it never hits enemies when you want it to. Not to mention, there’s also no targeting system, so you won’t be using this attack very often.

There are only two types of other attacks that are much more useful to Pac-Man. Most people will use the butt bounce attack. Not only can this be used to reach higher platforms, but jumping on enemies will kill them. Another attack is a type of sprint where Pac-Man can bulldoze some enemies at high speed.

However, the enemies in the levels are not really the thing you will have to worry about the most in this game. The only thing that will kill you the most are the multiple jumping puzzles and the obstacles that will stand in your way !

The levels are not too linear because sometimes you will have to go back to collect a fruit or a key. Fruits usually give you access to locked doors that house special buttons. These buttons are important because you may need to press them to continue the level.

If you want to fully enjoy the game 100%, you will also have to find keys in some levels. These keys will allow you to free the members of the Pac-Man family locked in a metal prison. You can actually complete the levels without saving your family, although you won’t get the 100% requirement.

Each level also has optional maze segments that pay homage to the arcade classic. In the mazes, you’ll dodge or eat ghosts as you collect every pellet in the level. You can also collect ‘PacMan’ letters in each level to further increase the longevity of the game.

Apart from the normal levels, there are also several boss fights. Most of the previous boss fights are easy as they all follow a certain pattern. By far, the toughest boss in the entire game is fighting Toc-Man himself. The main reason his fight is difficult is because you have to survive three different phases, all with one life!

As much as I had fun with this game, the main disappointment is the fact that it’s just a remake of a Pac-Man World game. Bandai Namco could have easily added Pac-Man World 2 and Pac-Man World 3, which were originally released for the PS2 over 20 years ago.

It’s also worth mentioning that this game is difficult, so it’s not as easy as it looks. While a game will last you about 7 hours, the game will take you much longer if you want to play at 100%. Getting all the trophies and achievements is also difficult if you are up for the challenge!

While it’s sad that the rest of the series isn’t included, I still had a lot of fun playing Pac-Man World: Re-Pac. This game was part of my childhood, and it was nice to finally finish it. This game is worth playing if you want to play an enjoyable 3D platformer.

Verdict: 8.0/10