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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Pac-Man vs. (2003) is a version of Pac-Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the target wins the game.

The novelty is that the game uses multiple screens so the ghost and Pac-Man players can't see what each other is doing. It has the feel of hide-and-seek to it. Six different mazes can be selected, each having different layouts and music.
  • Gamecube (2003) - To play you need a Game Boy Advance, the GameCube, Game Boy Advance link cable, and three GameCube controllers. You can play this version on the Wii.
  • Nintendo DS (2007) on the Namco Museum game, with Download Play so you only need one copy of the game and four DS's. You can play this version on the 3DS/2DS.
  • Nintendo Switch (2017) on the Namco Museum game. You need two Switch consoles, but only one copy of the game (there's a free version to download for the second console) one docked for the ghost players and one undocked for Pac-Man player.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Pac-Man Vs. 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Traversal game with Collecting and Platform elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. If there are fewer than four players in the game, uncontrolled ghosts will become grey-coloured CPUs that are harmless to Pac-Man — however, a ghost can touch him to tag it with his or her colour, which can kill Pac-Man and count towards that player's score.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete. Before the game begins, a predetermined score value can be set to either 7,000, 10,000 or 15,000 points, which can affect how long the game is.

BenefitsBenefits

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Pac-Man games are rated PEGI 3 and ESRB EVERYONE.

The wider Namco Museum package includes Pac-Man Vs, also Rolling Thunder and Splatterhouse which means the rating on the collection is PEGI 12 Moderate Violence, Horror and ESRB TEEN Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Violence.

Skill Level

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Pac-Man is a game you can play from a very young age, although some patience and resilience is required as you can die quickly (and unfairly). You also need some good fast reactions and forward thinking to outfox others.

CostsCosts

You can only play this on older systems (GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Pac-Man Vs.

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Action, Traversal (Collecting and Platform)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)


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