No.0003 Pac-Man Championship Edition

Posted by hsvlad (142 posts) -
1001 Videogames I must play before I die! 
  
No.0003 Pac-Man Championship Edition  
  
Championship and Championship DX are one of the reasons that I love gaming. The original Pac-Man is a very simple game, collect all the dots in the maze, avoid the ghosts, try and get the fruit. You could be forgiven for thinking the Championship Edition is just a fresh coat of paint on top of the original but it's the tiny changes to the rules that make it great. In this version you have to clear one side of the maze, and then a fruit will appear on the opposite side. When you collect that fruit a new pattern of dots appears for the alternate side of the maze. The patterns are designed, at least to begin with, so you can get them all in one, continuous line and doing so makes you feel like you're Billy Mitchell!

   That one, seemingly insignificant change to the game mechanics makes Championship Edition feel completely different. The neon glow everything has been given, coupled with the fantastic music really makes this game into the perfect nostalgia piece. It looks and plays like Pac-Man, yet somehow manages to be entirely its own thing at the same time. There really isn't much else to say about it. I will say that I wish Championship Edition DX was included in the book as the further rule changes made to that version produced something close to my perfect game experience!
#1 Posted by hsvlad (142 posts) -
1001 Videogames I must play before I die! 
  
No.0003 Pac-Man Championship Edition  
  
Championship and Championship DX are one of the reasons that I love gaming. The original Pac-Man is a very simple game, collect all the dots in the maze, avoid the ghosts, try and get the fruit. You could be forgiven for thinking the Championship Edition is just a fresh coat of paint on top of the original but it's the tiny changes to the rules that make it great. In this version you have to clear one side of the maze, and then a fruit will appear on the opposite side. When you collect that fruit a new pattern of dots appears for the alternate side of the maze. The patterns are designed, at least to begin with, so you can get them all in one, continuous line and doing so makes you feel like you're Billy Mitchell!

   That one, seemingly insignificant change to the game mechanics makes Championship Edition feel completely different. The neon glow everything has been given, coupled with the fantastic music really makes this game into the perfect nostalgia piece. It looks and plays like Pac-Man, yet somehow manages to be entirely its own thing at the same time. There really isn't much else to say about it. I will say that I wish Championship Edition DX was included in the book as the further rule changes made to that version produced something close to my perfect game experience!
#2 Posted by lionheart25 (72 posts) -

It definitely is a fun game, and the updated style of gameplay somehow makes me appreciate the genius in the simplicity of the original. I just finished the original C.E. and will pick up the DX edition soon.

Nice post.

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