Pac Man Fever isnít a compilation of old 80ís
novelty tunes, but a decent and highly enjoyable collection of party mini-games.
Five of Namcoís classic characters can be selected and they can traverse some
pretty cool worlds to collect tokens and unlock many hidden secrets. Itís a
light-hearted game with plenty of enjoyment, but does it have enough depth to
last awhile or will it quickly wear out its welcome? Weíve got the Fever so
When you land on them, youíll find that each of the squares has its own event, such as winning more tokens, jumping forward, losing a turn and, switching spots with another player. There are also several Store squares on the game board where you can buy extras and power-ups. You can also gamble with a lottery ticket, or can bet on yourself when you buy a token that doubles or triples the number of moves you get after each mini-games. You can also sabotage other players when you hit the revenge square, taking half their tokens, or challenge them to a mini-game. Another square features a completely random spinning wheel where the outcome is up to chance. Other squares present obstacles including ghost attacks plus there are return squares to watch out for. The first player to the end wins the game, but there are several raffle squares, which can give you additional tokens. Each of the many mini-games can be selected to play individually and you can unlock more using the tokens you win in the game.
Pac Man Feverís main thrust is obviously the mini-games, and there are more than 30 of them. These are all excellent, and quite addictive. Each has a good sense of control and taken as a whole, thereís an excellent balance between action and puzzle gaming. Considering that the developer Mass Media was most famous for translating classic games, it should come as no surprise that many of the games here echo those titles. For example, the token game where a monkey drops coins and you have to catch them is highly reminiscent of Kaboom. Most of the mini-games are all out battles between all four players, though some are solo, and the challenge mode has you going one-on-one. Some of the mini-games are quite fun and unique but there are more traditional mini-games such as whack-a-ghost, a cool vending machine game, and a decent kart-racing scenario that would be a lot of fun on its own. Target and shooting games are also included. Several sports themed events are included, with hockey, golf, soccer, ice hockey and bowling amongst the 31 included games. Thereís a good interplay between the games, and the consistent controls makes the game a joy to play. Despite this, there is a tendency of some of them to get a little repetitive after awhile, though taken in the appropriate small doses, this isnít that apparent.
All of this is pleasantly packaged inside a competent
graphics engine, though itís average appearance wonít knock your socks off.
The worlds are bright and colorful and feature some really funny slapstick
sequences. Character animation is decent, and the mini-games look very sharp.
The in-game interface is also pretty good, making navigation pretty simple
throughout. Pac Man Fever also lives up to its heritage in another good way. The
sound effects are typically wacky, and in the usual Namco style, the soundtrack
is replete with techno-ish funky remixes of the classic Pac Man theme making for
a more appealing game.