Best Free Pac-Man Game

 
Introduction

Looking for a Pac-Man clone? Well, definitely check out Pacz! developed by Acoders. It also has another great Pac-Man game, Pacman EX 3, also selected for a review in this article.

 
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Discussion

Pacz - Pacmanworlds 2Pacz is inspired from the classic Pac-Mania from 1988 and is actually a very deep Pacman based game, while it is not entirely a clone of the classic Pacman, it has enough charm and features to make every Pacman fan smile.

While the original pacman is simple with limited goals, Pacz offers a lot more for the player to do. Things can look pretty complicated to start with and I advise you to take a good read through the instruction pages to fully understand everything before you play to avoid confusion about what everything is.

Pacz allows you to play fullscreen, and you can also get another version Pacz:Pacmanworlds2 which you can play fullscreen or windowed from the same source for free.

Gameplay:

Collect everything you can, special pills that flash will provide fruit. Fruit counts towards your speed boost.
Rotten green pills need going over twice.
When the level is clear you need to collect the red key, this unlocks all the doors.
Each door offers another world (cave, lava, ice, forest)
Get coins for the shop, tokens to unlock things and some other useful powerups to make things easier.

Pacz -<br />             Pacmanworld 2 GameplayThe Good:

  • Many features and things to do.
  • Great Music on the title/options screen
  • Graphics are really good, crisp and colourful.
  • Interesting options screen where the options are laid out and you move pacman around the options
  • Secret arkanoid game to give you free extra lives is a great idea, but wasn't actually very fun to play.
  • Unlimted Continues, Continuing a game decreases your score.
  • Level structure similar to mario, using multiple exits increases its replay value.
  • Levels are large and interesting with secret passages and tonnes of items to collect.

The Bad:

  • Controls in the menu swap from keys to mouse which is annoying.
  • Ghost cop. Nice idea but once hes out he doesnt go until he catches you.
  • Missing difficulty settings, relieved somewhat with the infinte continues.
  • Never had any Boss Encounters
  • Almost too complicated. MUST read the help screens.

Summary:

Overall, this game is very good, with great graphics and sound, responsive controls and exciting levels. It offers high replayability due to its level structure and continue mechanism, and with all the collectables available it will take many plays to see everything.

With only a few minor problems such as missing features, inconsistent control input and so many things going on it can be a little too hectic.

 

Pacz -<br />             Pacman EX GameplayPacman EX 3 is updated version of the well known original Pac-Man from 1980. This game is included in Pacz! but you can get it also as a tiny 1 MB download. Same levels and same arcade fun but with updated graphics.

The Good:

Updated graphics and sound make this Pacman clone a nice break from exact clones. A slight 3D look to the graphics add to its visual appeal.

The Bad:

Camera is centered on the player all the time, this means when you are in a corner of the level, much of the screen is black and you can only see a quarter of the maze. This makes it look wierd and difficult to play.

Controls:
Cursor keys for movement. Nothing more. It's as simple as that.
Just pure arcade fun.

 
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Quick Selection Guide

Pacz
5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Deep game with lots of playability, great graphics & sound, exciting and varied levels
Missing difficulty settings, complicated to start with
1.4
13 MB
Unrestricted freeware
Windows 2000 - XP
Pacman EX 3
4.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Modern graphics & sound
Hi Scores don't work, camera problem
3.2
1 MB
Unrestricted freeware
Windows 2000 - XP

 
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Comments

by Panzer on 28. January 2013 - 10:24  (104881)

Ever wondered how Pacman would be like with physics? No? Well, it's revolutionary. This mashup of "Not" and "Pacman" puts The Pac and the Ghosts in a in a Pacworld cage, at mercy of gravity and the level's shape, controlled solely by you. Ghosts still don't like you very much, so you should be careful to make Pacman avoid them:
http://stabyourself.net/notpacman/

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