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Jr. Pac-Man - May 24, '00 by Dorsola
Game:Jr. Pac-ManCompany:Bally Midway
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

Another Pacman-like game. Well, actually, it IS Pacman, again, but this time it's a true sequel. This game continues on in the tradition of the original Pacman and Ms. Pacman, with a new twist: the little tyke known as Jr. Pacman (must be Mr. 'n' Mrs. Pacman's offspring!) travels around in a huge playground - a maze more than twice the width of the screen! This makes for much more interesting gameplay, mainly because at times the ever-present ghost-monsters can sometimes be out of sight.
To account for the size of the playfield, a very nice, smooth scroll was put in place to keep the action focused on Pacman Junior. Rather than just keep the screen completely centered on the character, our hero is allowed to wander a fair distance away before the screen smoothly shifts to the side, as though a real camera were watching the action. Very well-done in my opinion - adds to the high mark this game got in the Graphics area. In addition, the intermission scenes tell a more intricate story of our hero falling in love with the daughter of one of the ghost monsters, a sweet, adorable little tale... which reminds me, I need to go see a dentist soon.
Sound is also nice. As with Ms. Pacman, the rhythmic background noise, the dot-eating sound and the various noises made when you attack the ghost-monsters are much smoother than in the original Pacman, making them easier to listen to. However, the music in the cut-scenes can be a little hard to listen to at times.
Play control is identical to that of this game's predecessors, and your controlling hand will be given a good workout by the differently-shaped mazes that help to keep this game's overall challenge factor way up there. And would I play this game over and over again? You bet! It's maybe not as interesting as some of the other games I've reviewed, but it's a simple game - the type that was designed to see how long you could make one quarter last. I like those games. =)
And, like Pacman and Ms. Pacman, this game has perfect emulation in MAME and will play even on slower computers - it was done on hardware very similar to, if not identical to, the original Pacman hardware and therefore was just as easy to emulate. So, take the little boy for a spin, eh? And try not to kill him - I think his parents might be just a tad upset. =P
Graphics
10
7
Sound
Play Control
8
8
Challenge
Replay Value
8
10
Performance

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