Videogame Review

Pac-Mania

EW's GRADE
B-

For urban dwellers, the idea of three-dimensional Pac-Man, with malevolent ''ghosts'' chasing you around corners and ganging up on you at intersections, will have special resonance. Pac- Mania, however, disappoints for two reasons. First, the 3-D conceit allows you to see only a relatively small portion of the maze at a time, making it hard to tell how many ''power pills'' are left to be gobbled up or where your enemies are coming from. Second — and this is what really sabotages the game — the unresponsive control pad has Pac-Man slamming into walls at the exact moment he should be getting his little yellow heinie out of harm's way. B-

Originally posted Nov 01, 1991 Published in issue #90 Nov 01, 1991 Order article reprints