Review by BigRedMachineGAMMA
Reviewed: 11/07/01 | Updated: 11/07/01
An extremely original title based on one of the most recognizable characters in video games. A definite must-own!
This game is absolutely wonderful. Rather than keeping true to the puzzle format of it's highly-esteemed predecessors, Pacman 2 utilizes it's own original style: a mix of point-and-click action and adventure. If you own a Genesis, you owe it to yourself to hunt down Pacman 2 and play it to death. You won't be disappointed, and you'll thank yourself for doing so.
Although the wonderful animation certainly speaks for itself, with great backgrounds, and great character animation as well, the real treat in the graphics department is the hilarious facial expressions that Pacman makes. When he's angry, he'll walk along with a huge frown on his face. When he's content and happy, he'll wear a small smile. And when he's extremely pleased, he'll walk down the street with a huge grin on his face like he owns the place. Of course, nobody's invincible, so he'll show his weak side when he's hurt, and when he's terrified, he'll take off screaming.
I personally love the background music, although it could be argued that it's a bit repetitive, but, as far as I'm concerned, too much of a good thing isn't necessarily bad. Also, Pacman's constant babbling and mumbling is hilarious, as is his terrified screaming when he's running for his life. The sound effects are good as well, but they're nothing special, and don't stray far from the usual Genesis stuff.
Okay, here's where things get interesting. While you don't actually control Pacman, what you do control is even better in some ways. You take command of a slingshot that's displayed on-screen, and what you shoot determines how the game is played. For example, if you shoot Pacman on the noggin, he'll get angry and will usually get himself knocked stupid because of his stubborn and angry attitude, or if you shoot an apple in a tree, it'll fall and Pacman will eat it. Shoot a sleeping guard dog, he'll wake up and chase your character. And, if you and Pacman are feeling particularly sadistic, you can shoot people in the city with the slingshot, angering them.
Entertainment Value (10/10)
Pacman 2 just reeks of originality. You'll spend weeks trying to find everything in this game, and experience all that there is to experience. While Pacman 2 may be shunned for it's indifferences to it's predecessor, I actually like this one more. Truly one of the Genesis's most underrated titles, and definitely one of my favorites
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
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