Posted: May 17
As a lifetime Pacman fanatic of 30+ years, I'm disappointed with Pac-Man Museum. My issue is not with the games themselves, but the fact I played them several decades ago and they were basically better on all fronts compared to this version's collection.
First, the good part. This 'museum' contains a lot of the really obscure Pacman titles that were hard to find in the arcades and laundromats back in the 80's. It's a trip down nostalgia lane in that sense. And for those who haven't played those games, you may find it interesting to see what strange variations the Pacman franchise took over the years.
With that out of the way, there's not much this title gets right, performance-wise. The resolution on most of the games is not full screen, but a squashed blurry window that you can't adjust. Why couldn't they update that for computers if they're going to sell these games on a new platform? The controls also kind of, well, suck. I wouldn't say this had I not actually played these games on a native arcade cabinet, but these things are not optimized well for keyboards. Pacman is a game of fast responses. If the game refuses to acknowledge inputs at random times, what's the point even? I noticed this kept happening, regardless of which Pacman title I played. That's flat out unacceptable. If I knew these problems existed and that they had no interest in fixing them, I never would have bought this; on sale or otherwise.
There are also achievements to be had- these translate into the museum section animations, which really are just there to promote his current cartoon with the characters from the show. That's fine, I guess, but these don't talk about the history of Pacman in any sense of the word and if you don't want the show, they're largely meaningless repeating animations. The included texts from clicking on them doesn't even say much. So how is this a museum or an effective advertising piece for the cartoon?
This is simply a lazy quick cash grab title with a small bit of appeal for the obscure games crudely transferred to the PC format. Worse off, Ms Pacman is NOT INCLUDED. You have to pay $5 more for that one title. Wtf?? This game will also remind you EVERY SINGLE TIME that the DLC is available for purchase when you log in to play. Watch how fast that gets old. There's not even steam cards or any visible sign they're paying attention to the forums. That's unacceptable for a large company like Namco. As a Pacman fan, I recommend you stay away unless you've got some change burning a hole in your pocket. And even then, get yourself a sandwich. You'll enjoy it more.