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Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions Review

Something for everyone, as long as they like either shooting or pellets

Some of the best moments in life are when you get more of a good thing than you initially expected. Going to see a Pixar film at the cinema and being treated with one of those brilliant short cartoons at the start, for example. Or cracking an egg and finding out it has two yolks. That's how some will feel when they start up Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions and find that instead of just two games, the main menu offers six.

Yes, Namco has downplayed this a little, but as well as two brand-new games, the cartridge also includes the full original arcade versions of both Pac-Man and Galaga as well as the Xbox Live Arcade gems Pac-Man CE and Galaga Legions.

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Snazzy 3D visuals for all four serve as a lovely cherry on top. Of course, the main events are still Pac-Man Tilt and Galaga 3D Impact, two games designed with the 3DS's capabilities in mind.

Pac-Man Tilt is the best, a clever little platformer that provides vindication for anyone who's ever unconsciously tilted their joypad to the side as they've tried to make a long jump in a Mario game.

Lean On Me

The aim in each of Tilt's 30 stages is to guide Pac-Man to the end, avoiding ghosts and collecting items along the way. The twist is that you can tilt the screen at any time to affect the speed he moves, the angle he jumps at and the movement of various platforms and obstacles on the stage.

Like the best Mario games, every single level in Pac-Man Tilt introduces a new gameplay mechanic, meaning you're still seeing new things by the time you reach the final stage.

There's also a compelling medal system. Completing a level will usually only earn you a bronze medal, so in order to get a gold you have to eat all the fruit, pellets and ghosts on a stage while also finishing it quickly enough.

Since the final level requires 29 gold medals to unlock, there's a point to learning each stage inside-out and trying to perfect your time, which can be addictive stuff.

The other big hitter, Galaga 3D Impact, is what Face Raiders would be if it was a fully fleshed-out space blaster, rather than a quirky mini-game. It's an on-rails shooter where you use the gyroscope (or the Circle Pad if you're not into motion-controlled shenanigans) to look around, shooting enemies and using your tractor beam to absorb them, stealing their powers and upgrading your own ship.

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Some parts of Galaga 3D Impact are truly breathtaking. One section in the second stage feels just like the Death Star trench run in Star Wars. It's one of those games where the screenshots don't really do it justice. It's much shorter than Pac-Man Tilt, though, so unless you like improving your high score, you'll probably not play it as much.

All this and we haven't even looked at the other four bonus games. We've been praying for ages for the excellent Pac-Man: Championship Edition to appear on a Nintendo system and now it's here. It's a modern take on the arcade classic, where you're given a set time to score as many points as possible on a never-ending board. It's a feast for the eyes and ears - headphones are recommended.

Legions Of Doom

Galaga Legions, meanwhile, is a fun take on the original space-based shooter. You're armed with two satellite guns that you can place wherever you like on the stage, enabling you to strategically plan for the upcoming waves of enemies.

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  1. Dalekbuster523 Thursday 25th Aug 2011 at 13:08

    I heard that the Pacman tilt bit isn't in 3D.Is this true?

  2. KKNinty347 Thursday 25th Aug 2011 at 13:21

    I heard that the Pacman tilt bit isn't in 3D.Is this true?

    Yeah, but this is because you will lose the 3D effect if your are tilting your system around.

  3. Dalekbuster523 Thursday 25th Aug 2011 at 18:45

    I heard that the Pacman tilt bit isn't in 3D.Is this true?

    Yeah, but this is because you will lose the 3D effect if your are tilting your system around.

    I heard that that happened when you tilt it.I have a 3DS but I don't have a game where you have to tilt the console.I only have one game and that's Rayman 3D.

  4. saswatch Thursday 25th Aug 2011 at 19:24

    i will be getting this after i have finished xenoblade

  5. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 25th Aug 2011 at 22:35

    I might get it,I might not,I might wait for Driver or just skip both of them and get Star Fox.
    I'll wait to see how much this is,Might get it on the cheap.

  6. PhineasFerbStyx Friday 14th Oct 2011 at 14:46

    I'm gonna get this game after reading the review but one thing has been got me thinking In Pacman Tilt 3D do you actually move pacman or just the stage like do you move him with the circle pad

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