|Developer:||Namco, Full Fat|
Zoo Digital Publishing
|Series:||Pac-Man World series|
|Release date(s):||Sept 30, 1999 (PlayStation)
Nov 17, 2004 (Game Boy Advance) February 11, 2014 (PlayStation Network)
|Rating:||E for Everyone|
|Number of players:||One player|
|Platforms:||PlayStation and Game Boy Advance|
Pac-Man World is a video game that was released on September 30, 1999 on the PlayStation as the 20th anniversary of Pac-Man since he starred in the arcade game. The game was developed and published by Namco. Pac-Man World is a platform game starring Pac-Man roaming in a three-dimensional world on Ghost Island while saving friends like Ms. Pac-Man.
One day, Pac-Man returns to his house on his 20th birthday, only to find it deserted. Toc-Man and the ghosts have kidnapped Pac-Man's family & friends, Ms. Pac-Man, Jr. Pac, Baby Pac, Proffessor Pac, Pooka, and Chomp-Chomp the dog! Pac-Man must venture to Toc-Man's lair on Ghost Island to rescue his friends.
Pac-Man World contains three game modes - Quest, Mazes, and Classic.
Quest Mode serves as the story mode and takes place on Ghost Island. In it, Pac-Man explores throughout 23 levels which play similar to a 3D platformer collecting fruit, defeating enemies, saving his captured friends, etc. Levels are divided into stages which each feature a theme and the last level in each one is a boss. The player's goal is to save all of Pac-Man's captured friends and defeat Toc-Man who is the final boss. Below are the levels listed:
|Stage||Level Name||PlayStation Level #||Game Boy Advance Level #|
|The Ruins||Crisis Cavern||5||4|
|Down the Tubes||18|
By obtaining the collectable letters "P-A-C-M-A-N" in each level, the player will unlock outtakes from the game's cutscenes in the PlayStation version.
The basic gameplay in Mazes mode resembles that of the original Pac-Man; you run around collecting Pac-Dots while avoiding the ghosts. However, besides from the graphic elements, the mazes in Mazes mode differ from that of the original Pac-Man because they contain several obstacles and twists (at least in the ones unlocked via Quest mode). This mode begins with three already provided mazes for each stage, totaling 18. To unlock the other 18 mazes, you must eat a Galaxian and complete the maze in the Galaxian door in the stages in Quest mode.
Once you've collected the 18 mazes in Quest mode, you may play Marathon which consists of playing all of the 36 mazes. If completed, you unlock the hidden art gallery which contains concept art from the game.
The Classic mode is nothing more than an 100% faithful rendition of the original arcade Pac-Man.
- Pac-Man World was almost entitled Pac-Man 3D.
- The game was made for the 20th anniversary of Pac-Man. Pac-Man Party and Pac-Man Championship Edition DX were released for Pac-Man's 30th anniversary.
- In 1996, Pac-Man Ghost Zone was being developed but was cancelled and later replaced by Pac-Man World. It was seen as a prototype.
- Pooka, a character from Dig Dug, makes a cameo in this game.