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Pac-Man World 3

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Developer: Blitz Games
Publisher: Namco Hometek (Console), Electronic Arts (PC)
Game System(s): PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox
Series: Pac-Man World series
Genres: Platformer, Adventure, Beat 'Em Up
Release date: Northamericaflagsmall November 15, 2005
Number of players One player

Pac-Man World 3 is a game released in 2005 to celebrate Pac-Man's 25th anniversary. It is the third game in the Pac-Man World series, and was developed by Blitz Games.

Gameplay

Like its predecessors, Pac-Man World 3 is a 3D platformer starring Pac-Man. Unlike the first two however, World 3 features more fighting and melee-style gameplay, making it more of a beat 'em up than a true platformer.

Playable Characters

  • Pac-Man - The main playable character of the game.
  • Pinky - Pinky can turn invisible platforms visible for Pac-Man to jump on.
  • Blinky - Blinky can use his powers to form a ghostly screech called a "Sonic Boo".
  • Toc-Man- Orson rebuilds his old Toc-Man robot, and lets Pac-Man use it.

Power-Ups

  • Power Pellet - Used to eat Spectral Monsters.
  • Ribbon Loop Power Pellet - Tan-colored pellet. Pac-Man gains a tan aura, and a trail of tan follows him. If he wraps around an enemy, it will close in on them and kill them.
  • Super Stomp Power Pellet - Green-colored pellet. Pac-Man gains a green aura, and if he does a Butt-Bounce, a green shockwave spreads out around him, initiating a ripple in the ground.
  • Electro-Shock Power Pellet - Blue-colored pellet. Pac-Man gains a blue aura, and by pressing and holding the "Punch" button, Pac-Man can shoot electricity out of his hands.
  • Chrome Power Pellet - Silver-colored pellet. Pac-Man gains a metal sheen and briefly becomes invincible against enemies.
  • Pac-Dot Chain - Machines activated by crystals. They contain one large, red Pac-Dot to start with, and a long trail of Pac-Dots after that. Once Pac-Man eats it, he travels the length of the Pac-Dots.

All power-ups last for exactly fifteen seconds.

Levels

Story

Note: some parts of this section may be considered spoilers.

It's Pac-Man's 25th birthday, and Ms. Pac-Man and Jr. Pac-Man have prepared a cake for him. Pac-Man arrives at his house, and he begins teleporting to random places. He starts flying towards his cake, about to smash into it, before being teleported outside of Pac-Land. It was Orson teleporting Pac-Man, using a Pac-Man arcade machine.

Pac-Man is sent to a sewage dump. Orson explains that an alien named Erwin was attempting to destroy Pac-Land using his Spectral Siphon. Pac-Man later meets up with Blinky and Pinky, who claim that Inky and Clyde were captured by Erwin as well.

After meeting up with the two, Pac-Man heads to the Spectral Realm. Erwin was beginning to rip apart the fabric of space and time, in the event of a Spectral Paradox. He rescues Inky and Clyde from their imprisonment, and defeats the Spectral Fiend, one of Erwin's henchmen.

Heading back to the Realm for the final time, the area is in the worst state possible - Erwin's siphoning has completely destroyed it. Making his way through the now decrepit Realm, Pac-Man succeeds in traversing through the sinking landscape. He makes it to the Shadow Temple, where Erwin is hiding out as a last resort, as the ripping of the space-time continuum was about to destroy the universe. Pac-Man defeats Erwin, and the world is saved. Pac-Man returns to Pac-Land with no threat of Erwin and his nefarious scheme.

Home Ports

  • GameCube
  • Nintendo DS
  • PlayStation 2
  • PlayStation Portable
  • Windows PC
  • Xbox

No version is considered particularly better than the others, although the Nintendo DS port is often cited as the worst version, due to it featuring many glitches.

Trivia

  • Pac-Man Adventures, a cancelled Pac-Man game from 2004, is believed to have evolved into Pac-Man World 3.
  • This game marks the first time Pac-Man speaks within a video game. Previously he had only made noises or screams, or had text appear on-screen.
  • Pac-Man World 3 was never released in Japan, likely due to the formation of Bandai Namco Games.
  • This game makes heavy usage of the Clyde and Blinky error, moreso than any other entry in the series. The error is very noticeable in-game, and has led to lots of confusion.

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