I was quite surprised by Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. I had always had a natural distrust of any Pac-Man title that was in 3D. Since this was based on a cartoon as well my hopes weren’t very high. Fortunately Namco produced a surprisingly good platformer. What really kept the game interesting was the variations of abilities Pac-Man would assume during levels and how they worked with the enemies inside. Expanding upon the simple ghost munching mechanics with complex abilities really worked well with the character.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell what the general reception is with the video game community. I was concerned many might have been hesitant towards this new take on this iconic character. I’m glad those worries were for naught. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 is on its way to the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime later this year. The release should coincide with the 2nd season of the show premiering in the fall and we’ll be seeing some new abilities like a Godzilla style power up called PacZilla. You can see the press release, trailer and new images for Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 below:
BANDAI NAMCO GAMES AMERICA INC. ANNOUNCES PAC-MAN™ AND THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES 2
PAC and His Friends Return to Defend Pacopolis with New Worlds, New Characters and New Power-Ups
SAN JOSE, Calif., (April 22, 2014) – Leading video game publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. today announced PAC-MAN™ and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Wii U™ system and Nintendo 3DS™ system for release in 2014 for the Americas.
Following the colorful characters and world of the PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures animated series, PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will feature Pac, Spiral and Cylindria in an all-new storyline as they defend PacWorld from the ghoulish army of Lord Betrayus. Players will be able to explore the lands of PacWorld far beyond the bustling streets of Pacopolis and the Netherworld through the depths of the ocean floor and into space.
In order to defeat the havoc-causing ghosts, Pac will need to do what he does best… EAT! Chomping down on the various Power Berries will give Pac a much needed boost to fight back against his enemies. Utilizing the many types of Power Berries from the Tree of Life, Pac will be able to transform into many different and exciting versions of himself, including enhanced versions of returning powers such as FirePac and IcePac and epic new transformations including the gigantic PacZilla. Pac will also be able to pilot one of many vehicles seen in the show including the Lemon Rocket and Pacerchini, to help his cause to save the world.
Cylindria and Spiral also join in for the action, allowing players to take control of the Pac’s friends in special fast-paced on-rails levels. The two best friends will also be able to assist Pac with a helping hand when players find themselves in tough situations.
“Pac-Man continues to be one of gaming’s most iconic and positive characters for more than 30 years,” said Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. “We are excited to continue that tradition with PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 by giving Pac-Man a bright and colorful new world to explore and presenting what made Pac-Man so popular to a new generation of gamers.”
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will be available across the Americas in 2014. The second season of PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures will begin airing this year and into 2015 across the Americas. For more information about PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2, please visit http://www.bandainamcogames.com, http://www.pacisback.com, and http://www.facebook.com/pacisback.