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Pac-Man & Chomp Chomp (Arcade) review

"An oddball of a game with a cute theme"

Pac & Chomp Chomp is a very curious Pac-Man title, being that there are a few changes from previous games in terms of gameplay such as having his pet dog Chomp Chomp snatching up items so you can eat them up whenever you encounter her and the fact that there are no power dots to speak of. In here you eat up special items on each stage to stun ghost monsters long enough for you to continue your eating frenzy and finish each level.

The game also showcases BGM in the background unlike most games in the franchise. The tune itself is quite pleasant to listen to, even when gameplay gets a bit frantic as it does with all Pac-Man related games. Instead of going through exits at the corner of each maze, Pac & Chomp Chomp places an odd orange-colored segment in the middle, where any character blends in until coming out from said section. This really doesn't add anything to the game itself other than an obstacle to get through.

Gameplay follows Pac-Man eating unmarked cards instead of pellets and dots, revealing a fruit or an item which can be unlocked after eating said corresponding card. You can finish a level by eating all the fruit items alone, but only by getting every single item you can get a "Perfect" bonus at the end. Bonus stages are also present here, where you must eat cards with random values until you either finish successfully or a ghost is revealed. You earn a life when earning over 20,000 points, which are 10,000 more than most games of its kind.

At times the little helper can be a hindrance, as she moves away with an item that you must swallow in order to complete stages. It is a bit of a double edged sword really, while she can safely move around with items away from ghosts, she also drives said items away from you when you try to catch up with her, as with the power items needed to keep ghosts at bay. I can add that this only adds to the challenge and it is not that much of a problem overall.

Pac & Chomp Chomp is not that mentioned in Pac-Man a compilation which is a bit saddening as it is a pretty good game with a cute premise. Perhaps the lack of difficulty may have a say on why is not often brought up, but it is all in all, a joy to play nonetheless.


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