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Pac-Man Party

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Developer: TOSE
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
Game System(s): Wii
Series: N/A
Genres: Party, Video-board game, Minigame compilation
Release date: Northamericaflagsmall November 16, 2010
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Number of players 1-4 players

Pac-Man Party is a video game for the Wii, developed by TOSE and published by Bandai Namco Games in 2010. It was released for Pac-Man's 30th anniversary, and kickstarted the "Pac is Back" reboot of the Pac-Man series.

Story

While checking the mail one day, Pac-Man found a letter from Mr. Cookie, the manager of the Cookie Factory, saying that a thief is planning to steal his recipe to a batch of extra-powerful Power Cookies. Not long afterwards, Blinky rammed into Pac-Man, stealing the cookie recipe in the process. Pac-Man must get the recipe back and stop the Ghosts.

Gameplay

The game could be described as a hybrid of Mario Party and Monopoly (and to a lesser extent, Pac-Man Fever). The player picks their character, and travels along a board collecting Cookies. The player must collect the set amount of cookies, and return them to the Cookie Factory before anyone else does.

To decide how many moves each player will make, a very basic minigame is played (shooting balloons, dart-throwing game, etc.). When a player lands on a blank space, a Castle is built; when the same person goes back to the castle, they will gain more cookies. But if the opponent lands on the claimed castle, a full-fledged minigame will begin; the winner of this minigame will claim/reclaim the castle. Once a player reaches the set amount of cookies, the game ends.

Story and Party Modes

Mini-Games

Classic Games

Characters

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Pac-Man Party 3D

A Nintendo 3DS port under the name Pac-Man Party 3D was released on November 18, 2011. It is mostly the same as the original game, save for 3D graphic support and different control schemes in some minigames. This version removes the worlds Mirage Oasis and Crystal Cliffs, presumably due to hardware constraints; all other features are retained.

Trivia

  • Pac-Man Party may have been derived from the silently canceled Wii game Pac-Man Carnival (but Namco Museum Remix is the more likely candidate).
  • The "cookies" may have been a bad translation of Power Pellets, which were referred to as "Power Cookies" in some early Japanese Pac-Man releases. They closely resemble Power Pellets in appearance as well.
  • A Mobile version of the game was also released. Little information is known, but it reportedly only has one board and ten minigames.
  • The European version of the game originally came with a free poster in the box; what this poster looks like is unknown.

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