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Pac-Man 99

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

56%

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Based on 18 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchApr 7, 2021

Developer: Bandai Namco Games

Publisher: Bandai Namco Games

Genre: Arcade

FIGHT TO BE THE LEADER OF THE PAC! Take on the world and aim to be the last PAC-MAN chomping in PAC-MAN 99 for Nintendo Switch, a new online battle royale game available free as a special offer to Nintendo Switch Online members. Enter the world of PAC-MAN…with a twist! Roam the maze, eat Pac-Dots and avoid Ghosts, all while competing online against 98 other players as you try to stay alive. The longer you last, the faster things get – will you survive and become the PAC-ONE? Find out more about the Nintendo Switch Online paid membership service DO UNTO OTHERS… Dodge pesky Ghosts and grab a Power Pellet, then turn the tables and gobble them whole! Chomping Frightened Ghosts sends Jammer Pac-Man to other players’ mazes to slow them down. But watch out, the opposition will be doing the same to you – hit too many and it might be game over! ALL ABOARD THE GHOST TRAIN! Sleeping Ghosts are the key to victory. Grab them as you go to create a Ghost Train, then chomp a Power Pellet and have yourself a Frightened Ghost feast. Pummel your opponents with an onslaught of Jammer Pac-Man to stretch your lead or stage a mighty comeback! STRONGER, FASTER, BETTER Employ special tactics on the fly to change up your game. Increase your speed around the maze, create more Jammer Pac-Man with your attacks or enhance your Ghost Train-gobbling abilities, all at the press of a button. You can also switch up the opponents you’re targeting with your attacks. Will you take down opponents close to defeat, hit back at players attacking you or just let fate make the call? You decide! EXPAND YOUR PAC-MAN 99 EXPERIENCE A range of additional game modes, including offline play, can be purchased separately along with special themes based on classic Namco titles. Change the graphics and sound to look like Xevious, GALAGA, Dig Dug and many more! See all DLC

Pac-Man 99 Critic Reviews

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A lack of any kind of tutorial is frustrating at first, but once you get the hang of the action, it's a fun way to fill lulls in your day

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I’m still often confused about what’s going on, and why, but it’s impressive how the bones of Pac-Man fit so neatly into a battle royale experience, with so much thought put into the use of intel and basic strategy that the skill ceiling is currently hard to fathom. Then there’s the fact that you can have the whole game loaded and be in a full match in just a minute or two. The result is both confounding and empowering. When I win, it’s of course due to my skill, and when I lose?

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PAC-MAN 99 is another hit for Arika, this time with one of the most iconic arcade games of all time. It’s a bit surprising just how well Pac-Man fits into the 99-player battle royale format, but that’s just a testament to the work done by the developers. PAC-MAN 99 has me excited for whatever the developer’s put out next.

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Overall I’m really enjoying Pac-Man 99. It’s a great pick-up and play title for when you have just a couple of minutes and are looking for something to do. The gameplay is fast-paced, competitive, and surprisingly addicting. If you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, there’s no reason not to give the game a shot.

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