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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Pac-Man For iPod Reviewed
7:41 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Playlist magazine has posted a review of Pac-Man for iPod, one of the recently released games for the hand held multimedia device. This version of the game stays true to the original title, even including all 256 levels. Due to difficulties with the click wheel control scheme Playlist gave Pac-Man a score of 2.5 out of 5.

From the review:

Whatís of key difference in this version of Pac-Mac is the controlóinstead of using a joystick, like in the arcades, youíre using a virtual joystick, if you will, by gently touching the cardinal directions of the click wheel. You donít need to actually press the buttonsómoving your thumb over the Menu, play/pause, rewind, and fast forward keys is enough to get the on-screen joystick to respond. It takes a little getting used to, and itís more difficult than it should beóPac-Man really requires lightning reflexes, and the iPodís click wheel just doesnít feel that precise.

The other major difference is the screen, and thatís something I found myself less adaptable to. Maybe itís just old age creeping up on me. In the arcades, Pac-Man is rendered on a computer screen set sideways, so itís higher than it is wider. The iPod takes the opposite approach, a more conventional aspect ratio. Without any way of rendering Pac-Man sideways, Namco ended up just using part of the displayóthe entire maze is barely larger than a postage stamp, with the right side showing your score and a representation of the virtual joystick, so you can see which direction youíre telling Pac-Man to go.

The full review can be found by clicking the link below.

Playlist: Pac-Man Review

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