by Vic Tokai
Welcome to Pac-world
The innovative concept of a free-willed main character makes things interesting, quite interesting.
First on the agenda is learning how to persuade Pac-Man to do what you want him to do.
It takes a little getting used to, but it's easy once you get the hang of it.
You're armed with a slingshot to bean items on the screen, and a "Look" sign to get Pac-Man's attention.
You draw his interest to people, animals, and objects to entice him to walk in different directions and discover things.
That is, if he feels like it.
If he's upset, he doesn't pay attention to you.
But don't sweat — when Pac-Man needs a 'tude adjustment, find him some food or something cool to look at and he's happy again.
You're also equipped with power pellets, which you'll need to fire at Pac-Man whenever the dreaded ghosts appear.
He can use them to become Super Pac-Man and eat those filmy phantoms.
Multitude of Missions
In his new game, Pac-Man is a family man, with a wife (Ms. Pac-Man), two young'uns (Pac-Iunior and Pac-Baby), and a dog (Chomp-Chomp).
Pac-Man ventures through the city, the countryside, the mountains, and a factory to defeat the evil Ghost Witch of Netor and return all the stolen bubble gum to the kids of Pac-City.
Among other errands, he gets milk for Pac-Baby, retrieves Pac-Junior's guitar, and gets flowers for his neighbor, Lucy.
But Pac-Man has a mind of his own (thanks to Namco's Character Guidance Interface technology) and gets himself into a ton of trouble if gamers don't show him the right way to go.
Believe it. Namco's Pac-Man 2 for the Genesis is unlike any game you've ever played — 'cuz in this game you can't control the main character. Whaaaaat? You ask. That's right. You can't control Pac-Man. You can influence him as you guide him through his universe, but you can't directly control him (now you know how your parents feel). Hey, but what do you expect from a legend? This hero has revolutionized the video scene from his first appearance back in 1980.
When his now-classic video game was introduced, it sparked a craze that included Pac-Man cereal, books on how to master Pac-Man, Pac-Man vitamins, a Pac-Man cartoon on TV, and even a Pac-Man Day! Now Pac-Man's back in a completely unique game — free to explore a wild cartoon world (with your help of course).
A Pac-Man For All Season
Although the story line of Pac-Man 2 sounds like it's aimed at a younger audience, it's really a game with enough problem-solving challenges for even the most experienced players.
Your timing has to be flawless as you lead Pac-Man on a mine-car trip through rocky ledges or help him maneuver his hang glider over treetops.
What's really unusual is that Pac-Man 2 is never the same game twice, since players control the story.
When an independen main character (that's an understatement with Pac-Man) is free to roam, it's like being dropped into the middle of a cartoon on TV — completely unpredictable.
Most times, you'll love Pac-Man's personality.
Other times, well, let's just say you may find yourself aiming your slingshot in his direction (brace yourself for a serious temper tantrum if you hit him).
Less experienced and younger gamers may have a hard time getting to all the levels, but they'll still enjoy the ever-changing story; upbeat music, and animations.
Good News for Pac-Man
For those who just can't get enough of our little round friend, Namco offers a trio of Pac-titles.
Gobble ghosts on the go with the classic Game Geat Pac-Man.
The Ms. has a Game Gear title of her own, appropriately tilled Ms. Pac-Man.
Her cart duplicates the original arcade blockbuster but also offers a harder mode with faster ghosts, a zoom feature, and a Gear-to-Gear version that has the second player control Mr. Pac-Man.
It you're into classics, don't miss Pac-Attack, available on both Genesis and Game Gear.
It's a Tetris-like puzzle with a two-player Versus mode, in which you hook up with a triend Gear-to-Gear for guaranteed ghost-gobbling tun.
- Co with Pac-Man into the arcade, where he can play the original Pac-Man.
- When Pac-Man can't reach something, shoot him with the slingshot to make him jump.
- Look for the robbers in the cave. Try making Pac-Man superangry before you send him after them.
- If Pac-Man falls backward and passes out, the "cartoon" ends. But if you're quick enough to hit him with your slingshot, he'll snap out of it.
- Don't forget to monitor Pac-Man's mood. Keep him happy with food (purple grapes, not the green ones) or things to look at (like the butterflies or birds hidden in the trees),
- After you find Lucy's flowers, take the shortcut home by finding the hidden ropes in the trees.
- One of the ghosts has one of the three ID cards needed to open the doors of the factory.
- To get to the rooftop, find the balloon lady, hit her so she loses her balloons, then watch what happens!
- Watch out for garbage cans with eyes - you'll find ghosts in them.
2017-11-01 Pac-Man 2 game added.