Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
|Pac-Man Championship Edition DX|
|Developer(s)||Mine Loader Software Co., Ltd.|
|Publisher(s)||Namco Bandai Games|
|Release date(s)||Xbox Live Arcade
November 17, 2010
May 3, 2011
September 25, 2013
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is a downloadable arcade game in the Pac-Man series. It is a follow-up to the 2007 game Pac-Man Championship Edition and the first game with the Namco Generations label. The game was released for Xbox Live Arcade on November 17, 2010 and was released for PlayStation Network on November 23, 2010. An Xbox Live-enabled version was released for Windows Phone on May 3, 2011. It was released as a Windows Store app on November 2012. At E3 2013 Namco Bandai announced that there will be a free "+" update released late summer. The update is said to include new modes, improve leaderboard functionality, and provide access to DLC including sprites from classic games like Dig Dug and Rally-X. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ is also available for purchase on Steam.
The game received universal acclaim from gaming websites and critics citing the game was an improvement to the original with a 93/100 from review aggregator Metacritic.
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX builds upon the gameplay of Pac-Man Championship Edition, in which players control Pac-Man as he travels through a maze collecting dots and avoiding ghosts, which can be eaten by collecting power pellets. Collecting all the dots on one side of the maze makes a fruit appear on the other side, which adds a new layout of dots on that side and so on. The game's speed increases as the player gets more points, and drops when the player loses a life. DX introduces a new type of ghost which sleeps in a stationary spot on the maze until Pac-Man moves past it and begins to follow him. By passing several sleeping ghosts, they form a large rainbow-colored trail which can offer massive bonus points once Pac-Man is able to get a power pellet and eat them. Some ghosts may also have additional power pellets which can prolong the powered up state if eaten in time. Getting close enough to the regular ghosts turns them rainbow coloured and they may also be added to the trail. A slow-motion effect automatically kicks in whenever a ghost gets too close to Pac-Man, offering players the chance to make a last-minute attempt to avoid being killed. Players can also use a limited supply of 'bombs' which return all the ghosts to the centre of the maze, though lowers the dot multiplier and game speed.
Gameplay revolves around three main modes: Score Attack, in which players attempt to get the highest score within 5 or 10 minutes; Time Attack, consisting of several short trials and one long one in which players must obtain a certain amount of fruit as quickly as possible; and Ghost Combo, where players must try to stay powered up and eat as many ghosts as possible. The game features nine courses, which includes the original maze from Championship Edition, in which the sleeping ghosts are absent. Players receive a ranking for each game mode per course, based on their position on the overall leaderboards. The game has various visual styles, including some in the style of Pac-Mania, which can be mixed and matched. Players may also access a constantly updated 'NG News' feature, which includes articles such as developer interviews, as well as view video replays of the highest ranking Score Attack players via the leaderboard.
The game has received universal praise from critics and gaming Web sites, which cited a big improvement over the original. IGN gave the game a perfect 10/10 and an Editor's Choice award, calling it "a master class in game design." GameSpot gave the game 9.0/10, praising the new elements which make Championship Edition "more thrilling and addictive than ever." 1UP.com gave the game an A rank, calling it "insanely addicting." Eurogamer gave the game 10/10, calling it "a game you'll want to instantly evangelise to anyone with even the vaguest sense of what makes a game good." Destructoid gave the game 9/10, calling it "one of this year's best and purest arcade experiences and definitely a must-buy." Giant Bomb gave it a score of 5/5, saying that the player experiences "sensory overload of the highest order, the kind of game that leaves your eyeballs dry, your nerves shot, and every last bit of you wanting more."." Good Game gave it 9.5 out of 10.
The game won IGN's Best of 2010 awards for Most Addictive Game, Best Retro Design and Best Quick Fix.
DX+ update and downloadable content
On September 25, 2013, the game received a free update which rebranded it as Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+. The update provided improved leaderboard functionality, the ability to challenge friends, medal support and a new skin based on classic Pac-Man, which can be unlocked by getting all achievements and medals.
In addition to this, paid downloadable content was also released, including four new courses (Big Eater, Championship III, Highway II, and Mountain), three new skins (based on Dig Dug, Rally-X and Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures) and two new background music tracks (Pac-Steps and Re-Entrance). This content is available individually, or in the "All You Can Eat Add-on Pack" bundle for a discounted price. 
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