For the song of the same name, see Pac-Man Fever (song).
Pac-Man Fever is a party video game released on the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Gamecube in 2002. It was developed by Mass Media and published by Namco. It stars Pac-Man and some more of Namco's famous characters that get together and play party games. It allows for up to four players, featuring six characters from other Namco games to choose from.
The player chooses three game boards to play on, Medieval, Space, and Tropical. After the board is selected the player can choose to play a short, medium, or long game. Each tile on the board also has an effect. These include moving forward/going backward a few steps, losing/gaining/stealing tokens, playing a single/two-player minigame, the ability to spend earned tokens, and a raffle game to earn redemption tickets. When on a "store" tile, the player can spend tokens to: move steps forward, move others backward, buy raffle tickets, or gamble to earn more tokens. The three spaces before the goal space are raffle spaces for a redemption ticket of the fruit on the space (cherry, orange, and banana). The more raffle tickets you have for the fruit the better chance you have of winning the redemption ticket, also depending on the space your on you need to place a certain rank or better in a minigame.
Once a player has reached the end, the game is over and players will receive redemption tickets based on how far they got on the board. These can then be used to buy each minigame separately, which can be played in short tournaments outside the main game. Alternatively, once all minigames have been bought, the player can let the tickets tally up to indicate their overall high score.
- Ms. Pac-Man,
- Heihachi and Tiger from Tekken,
- Astaroth from Soul Calibur
- Reiko Nagase from Ridge Racer
Pac-Man Fever, despite becoming a Player's Choice title and a Greatest Hits title, received negative reviews. It received a score of 5.2/10 from GameSpot's Ryan Davis. He criticized the game for its "shallow, repetitive gameplay and slow pacing." IGN gave the GameCube version a 4.9 and the PS2 version a 4.5. Both versions of the game received 2.5/10 from Metacritic.