The game begins with Inky and Clyde giving the main villain, Mollusk, a golden Power Pellet known as the Artifact. Mollusk destroys the Artifact, scattering its pieces into 5 key periods of time itself. To prevent the Artifact from ever being destroyed, Pac-Man journeys via time machine, through the Prehistoric Era, Egyptian Times, Medieval Times, the Wild West, and the future.
Pac-Man Adventures in Time has two game play modes: an overhead display that functions very much like the classic arcade Pac-Man, and a fully 3d display that better exaggerates the features and environments surrounding Pac-Man. Like in the arcade game, Pac-Man will not stop unless he has hit a wall or other obstacle. However, to make up for it's difficulty, Pac-Man now has the ability to jump, rendering the game identical to Pac-Mania. Not all mazes are laid out on a grid however, and take the shapes of cubes, spheres, and cylinders. As a result, these mazes will not allow the player to switch into overhead mode.
Pac-Man: Adventures in Time includes both Single Player and Multiplayer gameplay. In the Multiplayer Mode, the characters Ms. Pac-Man , Professor Pac-Man, and Pac-Man Junior assume the roles of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th players. The game boasts 56 mazes (counting the Bonus, Super Bonus, and Classic mazes; not counting the multiplayer mazes) Also included are 20 mini-games, accessible by way of the Story Mode or the Maze selection. There are also CG cutscenes within the story mode, along with bloopers which can be unlocked by eating a specific number of ghosts in each maze.
Pac-Man: Adventures In Time received mostly positive reviews. Gamespot praised the game, saying "The occasionally sluggish control can be a little frustrating, but not enough to take the fun out of the game,".
The game currently holds a ranking of 79 out of 100 on Metacritic.