“Pac-Man Museum+” leads the charge

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – Here’s a look at the list of the latest game releases:

PAC-MAN+ MUSEUM

Part retro anthology, part Pac-Man-themed dollhouse experience, the collection pulls together 14 Pac-Man titles from decades past, chasing you through the ups and downs that spanned the years of one of the game’s most recognizable icons.

Most games are locked initially, with each title carrying challenge missions that allow you to unlock the others. The game offers a constant stream of new Pac experiences, forcing you to play through the good, bad, and ugly of the Pac-verse in order to unleash the full experience.

As you lower the requirements to unlock all games, you also get music, wallpaper, statues, and other trinkets that you can place around the virtual arcade as you wish. Throughout my thousands of hours of playing Pac-Man games throughout my life, I’ve never wanted to build my own Pac-Man arcade, but there’s a garden-style feel to it. zen in the experience. The need to unlock a ghost or Pac-Man statue just out of reach can be a pretty compelling reason to take you through the dreary “Pac-Land” once again.

At their core, the best Pac-Man games exemplify the very essence of what it takes to lead players through untold frustrations to recapture the cat-and-mouse essence of fleeting thrills and decisive setbacks. “Pac-Man Msuseum+” is probably the best way to capture the best the character has to offer in a one-stop shop.

PINKU CULT: HEX MORTIS

Part visual novel, part RPG lite, “Pinku Kult: Hex Mortis” draws inspiration from many elements of the “Persona” franchise.

As you investigate mysterious disappearances plaguing your town and your social life, you pursue an elusive girl wearing a fox mask who appears to be pulling strings.

Obeying Shokan Corp’s orders, you follow leads, find new playgrounds, and, perhaps too often, you’re asked to backtrack and retrace your steps to unearth a missed item or someone to talk to. .

Valorware’s development team is clearly treading at its own bizarre pace, and there’s something to appreciate about the unadulterated vision. On the other hand, multiple bottlenecks tend to stifle your progress. If you’re the type of gamer who needs to hold hands to get through a game like this, you’ll likely find yourself relying on walkthroughs to get you through it.

REMOTE LIFE

A 2D shoot-em-up space combat adventure, “Remote Life” pits you against swarming drones, massive bosses, and frantic chases that test your reflexes and nerves.

A cheerfully quirky and cunning art style colors the experience. The art style comments and subtly enhances the storytelling.

Developer Next Game Level draws heavily on influences such as “Gradius”, “R-Type”, and “Life Force”.

While there isn’t a whole lot of new ground trodden here, the game is a welcome throwback for those who used to open quarters in arcades to put their space shooter skills to the test. .

THIS WAR OF MINE: FINAL CUT

A remastered version of the 2014 indie sensation takes a victory lap with added content.

The game takes on even more resonance in the midst of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Playing as ordinary people trying to survive a massive bombardment, you gather resources and work to protect your life from soldiers and vicious scavengers.

The survival strategy game throws you one tough choice after another, forcing you to make dark, losing decisions as you try to get by. Themes of sacrifice, moral equivocation and exploitation in the name of the greater good spring up.

Including all the updates and expansions that developer 11 Bit Studios has released over the years, the dark and punishing experience has aged well.

Publishers provided review codes.

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Phil Villarreal is the real-time editor of KGUN 9. He is also a digital producer and host of “Phil on Film” seen weekly on Good Morning Tucson, Phil moved to KGUN after 17 years with the Arizona Daily Star, where he was a film critic, columnist and journalist. He has written three books: Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel, Stormin’ Mormon, and Zeta Male. A business graduate from the University of Arizona, he has four children. Share your story ideas and important issues with Phil via email [email protected] or by logging in on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.