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Pac-Man World Rally

Pac-man World Rally

Developer: Smart Bomb Interactive
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
Game System(s): PlayStation 2, GameCube, PSP, PC (Windows)
Series: N/A
Genres: Racing
Release date: Northamericaflagsmall August 22, 2006
Number of players 1-4 players

Pac-Man World Rally is a kart racing game, developed by Smart Bomb Interactive in 2006.

Gameplay

World Rally is a racing game in the same vein as Mario Kart. The player navigates their vehicle-bound character through multiple laps in a racetrack, racing against other opponents. Seven other racers appear in each course (five in the PSP version). The overall goal is to reach the highest place number possible (preferably 1st).

What makes this game unique are the Pac-Man mechanics applied in the game. The player can collect Pac-Dots (the yellow button needs to be triggered first) to fill up their Pac-Meter; if it's full, the player will turn into a Pac-Mobile, and can eat their opponents for a limited amount of time (much like the Power Pellet's effect in the original Pac-Man). The player can also collect fruits (the corresponding fruit button needs to be triggered first) in order to access shortcuts, making the race easier.

As with most kart racers, many power-ups appear within the game, which are gained by running into Pac-Boxes. Most of them are blatant copies of Mario Kart power-ups. They include:

  • Green Pac-Bomb - Can hit other racers when aimed properly. Same function as the Green Shell from Mario Kart.
  • Red Pac-Bomb - Will follow the racer in the place above the player's, and attack them. Same function as the Red Shell from Mario Kart.
  • Blue Pac-Bomb - Attacks the player in 1st place. Same function as the Blue Shell from Mario Kart.
  • Pac-Dora Box - A fake Pac-Box that stuns racers. Same function as the Fake Item Box from Mario Kart.
  • Atomic Pellet - Gives the racer a boost of speed. Similar (but not identical) to the Mushrooms in Mario Kart.
  • Snowman - Function is unknown.
  • Storm Cloud - Function is unknown.

There are also several unlockable power-ups, which include:

In GP mode, you race in a Cup which consists of 3-4 tracks each. Depending on the position you gained after each race, you'll get points. The racer with the highest points wins the gold Cup.

Characters

Each character has a different race car with different stats: speed, acceleration, and steering.

Pmwr-0 Pmwr-1 Pmwr-2 Pmwr-3
Pac-Man (M) Ms. Pac-Man (M) Jr. Pac-Man (L) Pac-Devil (M)
Pmwr-4 Pmwr-5 Pmwr-6 Pmwr-7
Blinky (M) Pinky (L) Inky (M) Clyde (L)
Pmwr-a Pmwr-b Pmwr-c Pmwr-d
The Prince (L) Toc-Man (H) Spooky (H) Erwin (L)
Pmwr-8 Pmwr-9 Mappy-wave Mr-driller
Pooka (H) Fygar (H) Mappy** (M) Mr. Driller** (H)
  • (L) = Light Weight.
  • (M) = Medium Weight.
  • (H) = Heavy Weight.
  • ** = Is exclusive to the PlayStation Portable (PSP) version.

Tracks

Cherry Cup Grape Cup Watermelon Cup Classic Cup
Cloud Garden Canyon Crusade Winding Wetfield Galactic Outpost
Cloud Garden Canyon Crusade Winding Wetfield Galactic Outpost
Molten Mountain Arctic Iceberg Toc-Man's Factory Subterreanean Speedway
Molten Mountain Arctic Iceberg Toc-Man's Factory Subterran Speedway**
Rolling Hills Jungle Safari Funhouse of Terror King's Kourse
Rolling Hills Jungle Safari Funhouse of Terror King's Kourse
Ghost Mansion Pirate Cove Spooky's Castle Retro Maze
Ghost Mansion Pirate Cove Spooky's Castle Retro Maze

** = Is exclusive to the PlayStation Portable (PSP) version.

Battle Mode

In Battle Mode, instead of using the ordinary power-ups, the player uses weapon-like items based on the fruits from the original Pac-Man (i.e. a strawberry rocket, a cherry bomb, etc.), which have limited amount of ammo and various damaging powers. The objective in the Battle Mode varies depending on the game mode the player chooses:

  • Deathmatch - The first to reach the number of hits set wins.
  • Free-For-Fall - The player with the most hits within the time limit wins.
  • Last Kart Driving - The last player standing wins.
  • Binge - The player with the most fruit within the time limit wins.
  • Classic - The player with the most Pac-Dots within 1-3 rounds wins.

Battle Arenas

** Is exclusive to the PlayStation Portable (PSP) version.

Battle Power-Ups

  • Banana Ram
  • Blueberry Blaster
  • Cherry Bombs
  • Grape Grenades
  • Pac-Dot Gun
  • Sonic Bell
  • Strawberry Striker
  • Watermelon Seed Spitter

Challenges

A mode exclusive to the PSP version. There, the player can select from one of three modes:

  • Time Trials - Complete the track as fast as possible. There are no opponents or obstacles
  • Letter Hunt - The player must collect the 6 letters that spell Pac-Man. The mode is similar to collecting the P-A-C-M-A-N letters in Pac-Man World.
  • Clockbuster - The player must collect as many Pac-Dots as they can before the timer runs out; clocks can be collected to increase time.

Home Ports

  • GameCube
  • PlayStation 2
  • PlayStation Portable
  • Windows PC

All versions came out on the same day. While the PSP version has much more content than the others, it is debatable whether it is the superior port, as less opponents appear in each race.

Trivia

  • The game is called Pac-Man Rally in Europe.
  • Even though the track Subterran Speedway is exclusive to the PSP version, it appears in the intro for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube versions.
  • The mobile game Pac-Man Kart Rally may have been intended to be a sequel to this game.
  • Pac-Man World Rally finally reversed the Clyde and Blinky error, which was set forth in the mid-1990s.

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