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Namco TV Games: Ms. Pacman

Toy/Game Review: Namco II: TV Games featuring Ms. Pacman

 

By Jakks

Our Recommended Age: 8-up

Our Rating: C



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We love the concept of the Plug & Play TV games, and thoroughly enjoy other editions in the line, but find TV Games Featuring Ms. Pacman rather disappointing. Why? The feature game, which could very well be the lure for many people who purchase the product, features frustrating controls.

I am a huge fan of Ms. Pacman, so of course I was excited about playing this game. The controls are very challenging because the joystick is 8-way rather than 4-way, so it is very sensitive--too sensitive. After much effort, I managed to go further than the first two acts, but the simple truth is that I can play Ms. Pacman almost endlessly at an arcade. Mind you, this hasn't deterred me from playing the game in my free time, but considering Ms. Pacman is the headliner of the unit, we would have hoped that the controls were better.

Otherwise, the game is rendered well, with all of the authentic (neurotic) sound effects and music.

We love the convenience of the Jakks Pacific TV Games. Although they are battery-operated, turning off the unit in between games saves batteries, and set-up is easy.

The other 4 games are: Galaga, Pole Position, Xevious, and Mappy. With the exception of Pole Position which has a steep learning curve (uses a joystick, of course, instead of the original steering wheel), these games play well. Galaga is an excellent translation of the original arcade game.

Pros: Excellent conversion of games in terms of graphics and audio. Cons: No high-score saving feature once the unit is turned off; battery-operated; no two-player mode.

Our Rating:

 

C

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For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Namco II: Ms Pac-Man with 5 TV Games at Amazon.com.

Reviewed: May 2005

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For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Namco II: Ms Pac-Man with 5 TV Games at Amazon.com.

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