It's time to gear up! Get ready for more ghost chain gobbling and frantic action in PAC-MAN® CE-DX+! The award-winning chomping game makes a shattering debut on Steam with even more content and a refined user-interface to compare high scores with your friends!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,982 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 24, 2013

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"Perhaps the best arcade revival in recent years is now on PC. Features a cool neon flair and has all the features you need to share your hi-score."

About This Game

It's time to gear up!

Get ready for more ghost chain gobbling and frantic action in PAC-MAN® CE-DX+! The award-winning chomping game makes a shattering debut on Steam with even more content and a refined user-interface to compare high scores with your friends! Wake up the ghosts, form the longest train of pursuers and chomp as many as you can at blazing speed to beat the score! And never forget to manage you a way out using your skills or you’ll have to force an escape route with your bombs!

A Pac-man experience that will definitely surprise you!

Online Features

  • Beat the game!
    Follow your self-progress and unlock all the game medals by defeating the mazes in the most arduous conditions
  • Intense rivalry
    Break all leaderboards and challenge all your friends directly on social medias.

Key Features

  • Infernal speed arcade
    Blaze through neon-like mazes and reach maximum speed to beat the score.
  • Vast maze line-up
    7 mazes with unique layout, special options, features presenting each a specific challenge.
  • Tons of intense courses
    5 different game modes for a complete set of challenges to overcome in each maze.
  • Your own Pac-man experience
    Customize difficulty, music, characters and maze visuals to re-create your favorite Pac-man experience.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 graphics device
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 sound device
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 47 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
This is the Pacman gameplay you know and love with a twist. The additon of ghost chains makes the classic Pacman gameplay way more intense and addicting. Combine that with amazing music and a wide variety of visual layouts and you have one little fun-filled package. The game is on the short side since you can unlock all achievements and modes in an hour, but just like the original pacman, you can play this in short bursts for as long as you want.
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Pac-Man Championship DX+ is a hell of package. It’s super stylish. There’s a bunch of different art styles for the different maps. Some are glossy and 3D, some are pixelated and retro. All of this is layered on top of a great soundtrack of electronic dance type music that really helps you to zero in and focus. It’s a bit trance-like to be honest! (Oh hey, that’s probably trance music, isn’t it)

Then, you get to the game play modes. This is where the true hook lies. Much like it’s grand father from the 80’s, the game play is simple. each map has a series of challenges, score attacks, time attacks and ghost combo’s. Some last five minutes, some last ten, while some are just a matter of ‘collect X many apples’ to complete. All of the modes are straight forward on what the want you to accomplish and soon, you’ll find yourself revisiting the maps over and over just to out-do your previous score.

DX+ does have a scoreboard where you compare yourself to your friends scores on steam. This is another carrot to keep you going back to improve. The only real beef I have with this one is that the scoreboard functions are pretty clunky. It’s not always clear on how best to compare your scores, but the game itself is so addicting, you’ll keep on playing regardless if you’re frustrated without competing.

Man, I love this game.
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
THE MOST INTENSE GAME OF PAC-MAN I HAVE EVER PLAYED IN MY ENTIRE LIFE
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
It's like Pac-Man but then Pac-Man and you do Crack
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
The original video gaming mascot is back in his best game since the 1980s. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ takes Pac back to his roots with single screen arcade levels. The controls are simple, up, left, down and right to make Pac-Man move through different labyrinths, eating pellets and dodging ghosts. When Pac-Man eats a power pellet, the hunters become the hunted and Pac-Man will eat the ghosts to death! Think about that logic!

But that's how the classic game played, and while there isn't much difference between then and now, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ has different 'challenges' that you select and play. Mostly time trials that have you eating enough fruit to complete the objective after eating enough pellets to make the fruit appear. You'll also have score attacks that put you in a level for 5 or 10 minutes to get the highest score you can. There is even a ghost chain mode that will have you seeing how many ghosts you can eat before a power pellet wears off. Each challenge needs to be unlocked and for the most part they're all easy, but a lot of quick fun.

The game now has 'inactive' ghosts that stand in gaps. They don't move, they're just there, until Pac-Man sets them off, but they don't just chase him. Instead they wait for another ghost to float by and then join a ghost chain. These chains get longer and longer as a sort of centipede. Its visually impressive and adds a new dynamic of just having a long string of enemies to avoid. When you get a power pellet, it feels satisfying to eat fifty ghosts. These ghosts can also have pellets and power pellets in them, so to advance through the game, you need to eat the ghosts. It is a nice twist.

That's not the only twist, you don't clear an entire level like the original Pac-Man. The game makes lines of pellets after you eat each fruit. It might seem easy to just follow the lines, but the challenge comes from Pac-Man moving so fast and ghosts being everywhere. The maps will even get altered to block out paths or make new paths. With every complete line you eat, a piece of fruit will appear along with the next line and more 'inactive' ghosts. So it feels like there is always something changing and happening. Even the level changes colors.

Each of the game's 10 or so unlockable levels are a vibrant array of neon colors, but before you start each challenge, you can change each level's look. From old school pixelated Pac-Man to new school and even the lego block look from previous games. You can change the sprites too. Its a nice dynamic that can keep the game looking fresh. There is also plenty of DLC to buy that changes sprites and level graphics. The background music sounds great and the fast paced beat matches the arcade action.

There is even a new gameplay mechanic of ghost clearing bombs. When you use a bomb it sends all active ghosts to their penalty box in the middle of the screen. These bombs are helpful when you get pinched by two ghosts, but to to some people bombs might feel like cheating even if they decrease your scoring rate temporarily.

The game is fast paced. Eating ghosts will make the game go faster. Higher difficulties will make the game start out faster. It creates a need for fast paced reflexes, while still being forgiving, because if you are headed for a ghost, the game will slow down to give you time enough to dodge it. It is very helpful and feels forgiving.

If its too easy for you, there are three difficulties, each give you fewer and fewer bombs and lives along with amping up the game speed. If you lose a life, it simply sends the active ghosts to their penalty box, but you get to continue on after a brief delay.

This is what Pac-Man should have been all along. Just upgrading and tweaking the original classic. Well worth $10 for any arcade lover, but get it at a discount, especially since the game has so much DLC to purchase.
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44 of 63 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
This game is amazing.
Great visuals.
Fluid gameplay.
Fast Paced
WAKA WAKA WAKA
Replay Value
Score Attack
Classic
Amazing

Highly Recommended.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
his game is proof positive that game developers' time and effort is better spent on exploring new gameplay mechanics than on striving for photorealistic images and Hollywood-style cinematics. The developers at Namco, instead of asking themselves how to make Pac-Man look and sound better, poured their energy into figuring out how to make the game more fun. This isn't just a modernized or tweaked version of the old arcade game - it is a completely new game. It tosses aside the old notion that a game's objective needs to be about survival and focuses entirely on competitive scoring. Reviewers who complained about the near-colision slowdown and bombs must not have really thought it through, because those elements provide a complexity to the playing stretegy that is absolutely essential. Without them, there'd be a 1,000-way tie for best score on all the lederboards. This is a masterpiece of gaming design.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
I can't recommend this game enough. It's amazing. Even if you're not the biggest Pac-Man fan on the planet, this game packs a ton of excitement and challenge into it. It's not like the classic game where your goal is survival. It's more about how high you can score in the time given, and the drive to keep getting a little better each round is so overpowering you'll find yourself saying "just one more round" for hours on end.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Imagine you woke up in a maze, filled with ghosts that hunt you without hestiation, you somehow end up eating yellow dots from the ground till you end up taking a bigger one, you find around 20 to 25 ghosts behind you waiting to devour you, but all of the sudden they start to run away from you, your senses say that they look, smell and taste good, until they find themselves inside the stomach of the hunted.

100/10 this game never gets boring; unless you hate games like these, which is a shame.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Pac-Man: Championship Edition takes the classic Pac-Man gameplay, and lets you choose how you want to play it. Whether you want to use new maze setups, play by new rules, or use new graphic styles, Championship Edition offers all that and more.

You want to see how quickly you can eat up fruits within a time limit? There's a Time Attack for that. Want to score as many points as possible within a certain time span? We've got a Score Attack just for you. Want to see how long you can eat ghosts without losing your oppotunity to do so? Say hello to Ghost Combo. And with the leaderboard function, alternate maze layouts, grading system, and more, the possibilities and replay value are practically endless.

In short, if you like Pac-Man, but want to set your own rules, then this is the game for you.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
I've not played any Pac-man since Pac-man world for Playstation. It was actually my favorite of classic games, even over Tetris. The colors, music and different styles make the game more interesting and once i seen it was free for the weekend i snagged it. I was able to get 100% within 2 hours or so. One thing i like over the original is how the ghosts stay with you instead of moving away, 10/10 would recommend again.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Pac-man free for a week... easy enough to get completion on the chieves before the week runs out too. Nice retro style gameplay and if you are a sucker for high scores this thing delivers that in spades.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
eat a ghost, a dot, a fruit. eat yourself. deny the concept of object permanence in this bizarro hellworld
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ offers a very nice modern take on a 30+ year-old classic by introducing some new and interesting mechanics and ramping the speed up to ridiculous levels. Unlike the original game, each playthrough is timed in CE DX+ which makes chasing high-scores a frantic race of sorts. From watching gameplay videos it might appear to be overwhelmingly fast at times, but it's actually quite manageable and easy to get into once you learn the maze layouts and ghost movement patterns. It has this great flow to it that makes getting into a groove such a sublime and satisfying experience. The music is uptempo, catchy, and completely on the money as well. Just a perfect soundtrack for this kind of game. I had no issues with the controls either; always responsive, never felt any lag.

I do have a couple gripes with Pac-Man CE DX+. It only runs at 720p which makes the image on a 1080p monitor a little blurry, but it's not nearly as bad as I would've expected. Everything moving as quickly as it does helps negate this issue for the most part. The bigger issue, though, is the overall menu/scoreboard/options interface. It feels archaic, clunky, and is more of a hassle to deal with than it has any right to be. Also, it should be mentioned how lousy the Steam demo for this game is. It's a single track that lasts for about 2 minutes and then fades out before the pace begins to pick up, making it nearly impossible to get a feel for the game prior to purchasing. It's better than nothing, but that isn't saying much.

Overall, Pac-Man CE DX+ is a delight to play. The Pac-Man series has never really interested or hooked me all that much in the past, but this remake was an entirely different story. Between the extensive track and BGM selections (especially if you opt for the AYCE Edition, which I definitely recommend) and frenzied gameplay that lends itself well to 20-30 minute bursts, this is a game that I can see myself going back to time and time again.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
"I've ~played~ Pac-Man," I thought upon a friend's recommendation, "and I've seen what it has to offer." That was then.

'Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+' (it's a good thing you play as a giant mouth) is one of the strongest and most ridiculously well crafted revivals of a classic I've ever seen, never mind that the older versions really aren't my cup of tea. Even though the series predates much of the gaming industry, this entry feels like it belongs in the modern era, and the improvements it makes to the time-honored formula are an absolute delight.

The rules are the same as they were--navigate a maze, eat dots and fruit for points, avoid the ghosts chasing you, and snag giant pills so you can turn your enemies into an all-you-can-eat buffet. Then come the more interesting decisions--the mazes don't completely fill up with dots, and the lines the game feeds you like an ever-tantalizing carrot often take on the shape of patterns designed to lead you a certain way. Remember how the original game had only a few ghosts? Here, part of the point is to run by ghosts sleeping in nooks and crannies, which gets more and more of them chasing you until your legion pursuers stretch themselves in a string so long that there becomes a real danger of you being trapped in an area where the string's head chases you while the tail won't let you escape. Think of the old game Snake, except you're the prey.

Pac-Man has a new trick up his proverbial sleeve as well--he has a limited supply of bombs that essentially send the ghosts back to their starting point, leaving him unscathed. If you're a purist and you don't want to use these, that's perfectly understandable, and the game will make special note of your bravery (especially if you still don't die). This ties into the game's commendable approach to difficulty: while "beginner" and harder difficulties exist, much of their distinction lies in the speed of the game, which goes up or down depending on the player's performance. If a bomb is used or if Pac-Man dies, the game smartly assumes the player is having trouble and scales its speed slightly down. This way, newcomers and inexperienced players can enjoy this title without it being as inaccessible as the Garden of Eden, while experts and thrill-seekers can satisfy their little hearts with challenges that really are their own reward. Likewise, the power pills that allow Pac-Man to eat ghosts (don't type "power pill" into a search engine, which I learned the hard way) now have a visible time meter at the top of the screen, so you don't have to guess how long they'll last. This leads to incredibly polished sections where the game will basically hand you a free pill and lead you down a prescribed path such that the power pill wears off a fraction of a second before you careen into an otherwise hapless ghost who receives the grace of God at the last possible moment, forcing you as the player to either change direction quickly, use a bomb, or die.

Maybe I have Pac-Man Fever™ from saying "just one more level" five too many times when it's 1:30 in the morning and I really should be getting some sleep, but even though this game never tries to shoehorn in a needless story or out-of-place powerups, it still shows itself to be provocative in its own way, whether Pac-Man is frantically leading the increasingly irritable rainbow hordes on the way to the Promised Pill (Numbers 14:1-25) or finally reaching said pill, turning back around, and mowing down his powerless aggressors one by two by ten, with Sam Fisher's steely determination, a fervor that would make Call of Duty cry, and enough bonus points to keep the leaderboard lovers and achievement hounds coming back again and again.

Even if the game only contained the one map, mode, and visual skin I've tried (along with the time trials), it would still be a compelling and amazing package well worthy of attention, but I find it both fascinating and disturbing that this already remarkable game has plenty of content I haven't even touched. I have no idea whether this excellent tribute to everyone's favorite pizza-shaped scourge of the undying takes place in some weird, multicolored extraplanar labyrinth where you're really Cthulhu alternately fleeing and devouring the vengeful souls of the slain, but either way, a series I couldn't recommend has given me an installment I can't recommend enough (cf. Tomb Raider), and that is as much praise as I could imagine a game deserving. This addictive and bounteous wonder comes across like Pac-Man with F-Zero GX's pacing, and the music does an admirable job of playing the part, especially when the epic crescendo at the end of a high-speed Score Attack round makes me feel like I've just gotten off a roller coaster.

Once you go Pac, you don't go back.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
The most intense game of Pac-Man you'll ever play.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Nabbed at $2.50. What more could you want from a PacMan game? Tons of maps, visual styles, slick presentation all around, and detailed leaderboards. With some friends to compete with, this will likely stay installed.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ is a fun modern take on the Pac-Man series. It is fast paced, hectic, and intense. All of this leads to a fun experience as you try to get every point you possibly can before that final second ticks off.

The game allows you to customize everything for each game from the music, to visuals, and to the characters. This alone ensures every game will be a different experience let alone all the game options. Leaderboards amongst friends and the world are easy to access and always on display so you always know where you stand. It creates a fun and competitive environment that all Pac-Man fans will enjoy.

For this price (better yet sale price), the game is worth every penny! Have fun =)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
This is one of the best games I've bought on Steam. A few simple twists on the old classic turned this into a nail biting thrill ride that sucks me in such a fasion that few games could.

Get lost in the maze that is DX+
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