The 80's icon has changed – for the average.
When Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures was first shown off to select media earlier this year, I could already hear groans coming from the audience. "What has our beloved arcade become?!" I could hear someone asking while they showed off the "new and improved" Pac-Man from the TV show, complete with voiceover and quips, in a 3D world. Still, I decided when I reviewed the game, I would be fair to it, as I was with Pac-Man World back on the PlayStation 2. It's not quite what I expected from a 30-year old icon, but World worked moderately well, so maybe Ghostly Adventures could do the same.
The story is pretty much forgotten unless you're an avid fan of the show, as Pac-Man sets out to do favors alongside his friends while working with Sir C. These friends don't really make much of a difference though, as they barely provide any sort of back-up for Pac-Man, and usually end up getting in trouble anyway. It's up to our favorite yellow dot-chomper to stop the ghosts and save the day.
Ghostly Adventures tries to spice things up by adding a number of power-ups into the game, introducing the likes of Ice-Pac and Iguana-Pac as a result. I admit, seeing Pac-Man with an extendable tongue made me cringe a little bit, especially when it came to grabbing onto poles to swing across with it. He's tasting those, people. However, they are rather useful for figuring out puzzles, though not really so much in combat. You can't really auto-aim at enemies, so chances are you'll miss them while they're attacking you, and, as a result, lose the power-up. (Fortunately, you can pick one right back up easily.)