PAC-MAN stars in a nostalgia-packed collection of the greatest PAC-MAN games of all time. PAC-MAN MUSEUM will include classic PAC-MAN titles as well as newer releases, allowing gamers to play through the evolution of PAC-MAN from his humble beginnings from 1980 through current hits like PAC-MAN Championship Edition and PAC-MAN Battle...
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Release Date: Feb 26, 2014

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PAC-MAN stars in a nostalgia-packed collection of the greatest PAC-MAN games of all time. PAC-MAN MUSEUM will include classic PAC-MAN titles as well as newer releases, allowing gamers to play through the evolution of PAC-MAN from his humble beginnings from 1980 through current hits like PAC-MAN Championship Edition and PAC-MAN Battle Royale.


  • Classic PAC-MAN Games – Includes hits such as PAC-MAN, SUPER PAC-MAN, PAC-LAND, PAC-MAN Battle Royale, PAC-MAN Championship Edition, and more
  • PAC-MAN Navigation System – Assists players by helping them find the best routes through mazes
  • Stage Save Function – Allows you to save your progress between stages
  • Multiplayer PAC-MAN – For the first time, PAC-MAN Battle Royale brings the 4-player arcade hit home

Online Features

  • Worldwide Leaderboards – Challenge the best players in the world on your favorite PAC-MAN games

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP,Vista,7,8
    • Processor: 2.3 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX sound device
    • OS: Windows XP,Vista,7,8
    • Processor: 2.69 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX sound device
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303 of 364 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2014
10/1/2014 EDIT: So uh, Namco Museum 1-5 just came out on the NA PS Store, which led me to play some of these games again. One thing led to another, and it turns out I was completely wrong about something: the "stuttering" the ghosts do sometimes in Super Pac-Man and Pac & Pal is apparently intentional behavior. I have no idea why, but that's that. Multiple sources seem to confirm this. Now don't I look like a jerk! That said though, I'm still preeetty sure Ms. Pac's sprite isn't supposed to jitter like it does in her game. Correct me if there's an explanation for this or if I'm crazy.

Also, something I neglected to mention, while it's true that shutting the arcade cabinet off for most of these games would delete the scores, most past collections of these games would save the scores when you quit anyway, as if it was left running until you came back. You can still see your top score in the leaderboards, this just bothers me for some reason.

I still don't think this is an ideal compilation, but credit where it's due, my review wasn't entirely accurate and I apologize for that.

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How do you mess this up?

I love Pac-Man, I really do, but this is not a very high quality collection. Let's go game by game, shall we?

Pac-Man, Pac-Mania, Pac-Attack, Pac-Land, Championship Edition, and Battle Royale work as intended, as far as I can tell. Pac-Mania looks really washed out and some of the music sounds like a garbage disposal is going off, but hey, it was always like that. And of course, Pac-Land is like, some kind of shoddy MS Paint platformer. It's alright. A smaller version of CE is included in the superior and faster paced CE DX (The Championship 1 stage), which is already on Steam, so if that's what you're after, you should probably check that out first. Battle Royale is best played with friends, having no proper scoring system (each player is assigned a title like "Most Pac-Man Eaten," or "Won Most Rounds"...etc etc.). There is no online component to speak of.

Some of the games seem to have emulation problems. In Pac & Pal, sometimes the ghosts freeze and jitter in place. The same thing happens in Super Pac-Man. I somehow doubt this was intended behavior. In Ms. Pac-Man (which, by the way, costs $5 to download after March) the player's sprite seems to wiggle around when heading up or down.

And I just want to take a minute to talk about Pac-Man Arrangement here. You may be thinking it's THIS game, but in fact it is some other, uglier, sort-of related but also not related at all type 3D game from the PSP Namco Museum, with some tedious bosses and slow freakin' ghosts. I have no idea who could have looked at both of these side by side and said "Yes, this is the better version." Why not include both Pac-Man Arrangements? Why are there two games called the same thing in the first place?

The menus are okay. You can unlock badges from getting achievements in the games, which themselves unlock character models and maybe other stuff, I don't know; I haven't played long enough. Each game has some options, but no option to turn off the really bright borders around the screen. Not a deal-breaker in itself, but odd.

So then comes the matter of price. Is $20 worth it for these games, and then $5 additionally for Ms. Pac? Considering Namco has released many much more fully featured, and properly emulated collections in the past for typically similar prices, I'd have to say: unfortunately, no. Heck, if you can navigate the Japanese PSN store, you can find all the old PS1 Namco Museum collections, and those are still as awesome as ever, complete with actual "virtual museums" to walk around in filled witth all kinds of obscure pamphlets and magazines and such. The version on my phone is better! And as far as I'm concerned, nothing has topped Tengen's Ms. Pac-Man port on the Sega Genesis/Megadrive.

So if you get anything from this review, it's that classic Namco arcade games are awesome, but this is not the best, or even a "good" way to play them as it is right now. Find some other way to play these games, unless this gets a major patch and a price drop. Sad times.

P.S. the cartoon sucks too.
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89 of 95 people (94%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
This was another case for me of buying a game regardless of the mostly negative reviews to judge it for myself, and it's times like this that makes me wish Steam had a "Mixed" option for writing reviews. While I like this collection it also has a load of issues that need addressing. First let me start by saying that I love retro games, arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Q*Bert, Galaga, Dig-Dug etc. so this looked like a must-have for me, it's enjoyable but let's just say that I'm very, very glad I bought it while it was on sale (£5 as opposed to the original £15).

What you see is what you get, a collection of Pac-Man arcade classics varying from the original to some obscure games I've never heard of, a nice wide selection giving you some variety for your money. Each game plays as intended and great when you've got some time to kill just like in the old days, the collection is as follows:

- Pac-Man (Original)
- Pacmania
- Super Pac-man
- Pac-Attack
- Pac & Pal
- Pac-Land
- Pac-Man Arrangement
- Pac-Man Battle Royale
- Pac-Man Championship Edition
- Ms Pac-Man (Sold as DLC for some reason)

Now, everything does indeed play as intended and for the most part works fine, but there are some annoying problems with this game that really grind on peoples nerves, aside from the fact that this "museum collection" is missing quite a few other Pac-Man titles such as Pac-Man Plus.
The main issue here is that the default keyboard controls for the most of the menus and title screens are absurd and the game does not give you any option to change them, which is both strange and really frustrating. On the note of options, the main game has no option menu at all, so you are stuck with the default resolution, while this doesn't bother me, I understand that a lot of you will find this annoying...
While not necessarily a gameplay issue, the "museum" feature itself is rather pointless and tedious, it is merely aesthetic and serves no real purpose. In order to fill the museum, you must earn stamps by achieving some set goals, some of which are really hard to accomplish such as the 500,000 point stamps on some games. This ultimately feels really grindy and dull very quickly and makes life difficult if you care for getting the achievements provided, unfortunatley I do. :P

So the collection is not without it's flaws, some games such as Pac-Man Battle Royale could be played to their full potential by adding online multiplayer support, unfortunately it is limited to local multiplayer which is too bad. If you're a fan of arcade classics and this happens to be on sale, by all means, buy it. It delivers what it promises on the arcade calssics front, just be warned that the lack of options, key-binding and grinding features make this game much more tedious than it should be. I don't consider this to have been a bad purchase so I do recommend it, but not for it's full price, not at all! Make sure you get it when it's cheap, especially if you plan to buy the Ms Pac-Man DLC too.
If you are not interested in retro Pac-Man and would like something more modern and fast-paced, pick up Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ instead of this, it's better than the version provided with this game.

Can't believe I wrote this much information about a Pac-Man game... Wakka...
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95 of 109 people (87%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
As a lifetime Pacman fanatic of 30+ years, I'm disappointed with Pac-Man Museum. My issue is not with the games themselves, but the fact I played them several decades ago and they were basically better on all fronts compared to this version's collection.

First, the good part. This 'museum' contains a lot of the really obscure Pacman titles that were hard to find in the arcades and laundromats back in the 80's. It's a trip down nostalgia lane in that sense. And for those who haven't played those games, you may find it interesting to see what strange variations the Pacman franchise took over the years.

With that out of the way, there's not much this title gets right, performance-wise. The resolution on most of the games is not full screen, but a squashed blurry window that you can't adjust. Why couldn't they update that for computers if they're going to sell these games on a new platform? The controls also kind of, well, suck. I wouldn't say this had I not actually played these games on a native arcade cabinet, but these things are not optimized well for keyboards. Pacman is a game of fast responses. If the game refuses to acknowledge inputs at random times, what's the point even? I noticed this kept happening, regardless of which Pacman title I played. That's flat out unacceptable. If I knew these problems existed and that they had no interest in fixing them, I never would have bought this; on sale or otherwise.

There are also achievements to be had- these translate into the museum section animations, which really are just there to promote Pacman's current cartoon with the characters from the show. That's fine, I guess, but these don't talk about the history of Pacman in any sense of the word and if you don't watch the show, they're largely meaningless repeating animations. The included texts from clicking on them doesn't even say much. So, how is this a museum or an effective advertising piece for the cartoon?

This is simply a lazy quick cash grab title with a small bit of appeal for the obscure games crudely transferred to the PC format. Worse off, Ms Pacman is NOT INCLUDED. You have to pay $5 more for that one title. Wtf?? This game will also remind you EVERY SINGLE TIME that the DLC is available for purchase when you log in to play. Watch how fast that gets old. There's not even steam cards or any visible sign they're paying attention to the forums. That's unacceptable for a large company like Namco. As a Pacman fan, I recommend you stay away unless you've got some change burning a hole in your pocket. And even then, get yourself a sandwich. You'll enjoy it more.
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90 of 112 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
It's an over-priced, bare bones collection of Pac-Man variants with a dull, grindy gamesroom customization element.

Ms. Pac-Man was even cut and sold as DLC. Cheers Namco.

Go with Championship Edition DX+ over this.
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138 of 196 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2014
So far this game blows. You cannot change the resolution, the Battle Royale that I have been waiting for looks like a terrible port from the arcade, and the game is boxed into a window on the screen. I should have just saved the money to play it in the arcade. Fix the resolution and graphics, add in online multiplayer and it would be worth the price. I wish I never bought this.

Championship Edition is fun and plays ok, but still no graphics options. I can play that game on my phone, so whats the point of this package.

Stay away.
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68 of 91 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2014
Terrible collection, just a bunch of emulated roms tossed out there with no extras and no effort. No video options, so the games are stuck playing in tiny windows at their original resolution, making it legitimately difficult to play on a large screen. This even goes for the Battle Royale arcade game; the version on here is exactly the same as the arcade, which means low resolution and local multiplayer only. Also noticed substantial input lag on the older arcade games when using a 360 stick. A pathetic collection, not remotely worth the asking price, and legitimately sad that Namco/Bandai/Whoever cares so little for the treatment of their classics. Absolutely do not buy.

If you want a good classic collection, look at M2's stuff or even the old Namco Museums on PS1.
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48 of 65 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2014
This is garbage. Another lazy, resolution-locked optionless piece of trash port crapped onto the PC.

Skip this title and play Pac-Man CE DX+ instead, or run the older games in MAME.
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75 of 112 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2014
Barely made it as a positive review...
I love playing the Pac-Man games, all the way since the Arcade and the ATARI 2600 days. But I have to give the pros and cons on this.

- A very nice collection of Pac-Man games to choose from. :)
- Faithful game detail, music and sound to their Arcade originals for most of the games.

- Boxed in cabinet gameplay view with no way to change this.
- No fullscreen or stretch to aspect gameplay view.
- Can not change the resolution. I'm running on 1920x1200 so the game is now letter boxed and the games are boxed in a cabinet gameplay view... just great... >.>
- Can not map your own buttons on keyboard or controller.
- Pac-Mania game has faded colors.
- Not worth the price with the way the game is in it's current state. If they fix this then yes, it would definitely be worth the price. Otherwise just wait for a sale.
- Late buyers will have to buy Ms. Pac-Man which should already be included in the game. Why are they going to charge for this DLC for late buyers especially when the base game needs so much work done and costs a high price of $19.99 USD? This DLC should just be free, period.
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
This has Pac Man, Super Pac Man, Pac Attack, Pac Land, and another Pac game or 2. Ms. Pac Man costs extra.

Its barebones emulation, with few options. I wish the speedup versions were available for Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man.

I got it for 75% off and it was worth paying that much to me.

Its a good time waster and fun in short bursts.

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47 of 71 people (66%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
91.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2015
pac man fans beware..... some guy at namco rewrote the programming for these games . patterns dont work , niether do xbox controllers, afterglow controllers, and all controllers made by i have bought 5 new controllers since january thinking that was the problem altho idk why because the controllers{all of them} work just fine playing mortal kombat komplete, works fine playing dragonball xenoverse. come to think about it , this is the only game i have controller issues with , all other steam games function fine. combine that with a turtle website, no contoller support and you got screwed just like me. i used to own all these games in the coin op cabinet form , had them all in my garage. yet i never saw scores on these games like the leader boards show. i'd love to see someone get 500,000 pts on pac man. i have gotten to the 18th key and i didnt even have over 100,000 , kinda hard at 10 pts a dot. not to mention they have modified the behaviors of the ghosts. they can all assume the same roles at the same time inevitably cornering you. it also seems like it i tend to score a few pts the ghosts tax me till i lose 2-3 lives then its back to normal. and the top scores on the leaderboards are so rediculously high with a huge point gap you know they were cheating .#1 19,000,000 #2 18,000,000 #3 15,000,000 then point gap down to 6 million #4 6,000,000 what i find jacked is theres no way i can even compete for a spot cause when i say it doesnt work right i mean it wont turn , especially when tryng to evade / eat ghosts sometimes wont go up and down others it wont turn left or right. point is if you like pacman dont play these rewrote versions , download a emulator and the rom and play the real deal that really works for free.
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14.8 hrs
Posted: October 15
Pac-Man Museum is an amazing concept, and I was so hyped for it. But it's a huge letdown for diehard retro enthusiests.

Ms. Pac-Man (which is a $5 dollar DLC for some reason) seems to jitter around when moving up and down, and
I haven't seen any other version of Ms. Pac-Man that has that.
Pac-Mania seems washed out, and the music in this one makes nails on a chalk-board sound like Mozart.
I'm also confused why Namco decided to choose this version of Pac-Man Arrangement over the superior version (although I think both are fun to play). That leads me to question why Namco didn't include both of them. Even then, why are both of them called Pac-Man Arrangement?
The games are stuck in this border which is unchangeable, and the border is very small, so it's like looking through a microscope to see Pac-Man. The borders certainley look nice and pretty, but should be an option to make the screen larger.
Pac-Man Battle Royale (an awesome game) isn't online multiplayer, only same screen multiplayer. But good luck trying to find four people to share the keyboard with.
I think the killing point of this title is that it doesn't save high scores. The older Namco Museum games saved high score, as well as those Plug 'N Play units, so why not this one? Was it that hard to program in? None of the games save it, I'm serious.

The only reason I'd reccomend picking this up is for Pac-Man Battle Royale or the original Pac-Man Championship Edition if you haven't played it. All of the other games are found on other consoles or the Namco Museum collections, and those games include many more games, like Galaga or Rally-X, and almost all of them save high scores. Unless you have nothing else to buy, or you are a huge Pac-Man or Namco fan, then I'd skip this one.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: October 12
I don't think it's worth the money, but i got it on a sale for 5 euros. so i can't complain too much. And i liked the game.
So only buy the the game if you really LOVE Pac-Man or if there is a sale. ok?
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2.1 hrs
Posted: October 7
no joystick support, still controls ruin what could of been a classic
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The Blade Siren
9.2 hrs
Posted: October 1
Old School Pacman and Ms Pacman fan here and I just love the 2 games but definately be sure you have your controller setup as the keyboard I would think would be difficult to play this. A knobbed joystick would be ideal but with the thumb stick you can easily practice and get very good at controlling your pacmans.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
If you're a fan of classic Pac-Man games, this is easily one of the most complete collections out there. Mind you, this collection isn't about the platformers (outside of Pac-Land), racers, or Smash Bros. fights. This is pure arcade Pac-Man in all its glory, and for that reason, it's pure dot-munching joy of eating ghosts and high scores.

Great collection. Basically everything that you would ever want from a classic Pac-Man compilation.

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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 17
I bought this on sale and regret it. It's very barebones with no options to turn off those horrible boarders or play the games fullscreen. Nothing. Nada. The worse thing is Ms. Pac-Man is a DLC! Ugh. Don't waste your money.
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2.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
Why Does Everybody Hate this game? No idea. Theres nothing wrong with the resolution.

-All of the arcade games
-Controller support
-not very pricey
-Other things thrown in

-No Continues
-Weird controls

I dont know why this game got a lot of hate on pc rating: 7/10 76 B-
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14.9 hrs
Posted: June 26
Seems to play well. Would like to remove the border on most games and scale to the screen, as others have mentioned. Battle royale seems WAY too small on screen but happy to be able to get the original PacMan Championship edition and the arrangement version.

Pac-Attack is oddly just in a small box on the screen... I'm not a big fan of this game but why make it so small on the screen!

Pac-Land seems to also be a bit different from the arcade and seems a bit slower but not sure if it's a different version than I recalled playing in the arcade. This one is also far too small for the screen and could have used a smaller border.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: May 22
There's some neat exclusives, mostly battle royal and the newly revised version of arrangement in HD is alright. No technical issues, all the games run beautifully, and not resource intensively. The system requirements listed in the store page are far above the actual minimum, a decent laptop will do you. Wait for it to go on sale, or peek at the Humble Store every now and then, it tends to go on sale a lot there.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: May 14
You're mostly buying this for Battle Royale

Let's not beat around the bush here -- with the new Pac-Man Museum compilation, you're getting a bunch of really old games you've most likely played before, a few you probably already own, and Pac-Man Battle Royale. Royale is a bit of a unique release, as it's only been playable outside of Japan at special events and arcades, and has been highly sought out by fans of the genre.

To be blunt, this is the perfect opportunity to wait for a sale just to pick up Royale.

Pac-Man Museum (PC, PS3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])
Developer: Namco Bandai Games
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Released: February 25, 2014
MSRP: $19.99

Reviewing a collection of old games can be tough, so let's start at the iconic, timeless classic: the original Pac-Man. It still holds up today, and although Museum doesn't pack a ton of nuanced options to fundamentally change the game, it does have few extras like the ability to select a starting level (once you earn it), and increase your life and bonus life thresholds.

Having said that, I know a lot of people who hated the original Pac-Man until they played the Championship Edition of the game which really helped them "get it" -- since it was pretty much better in every way. While CE is fully included in the Museum, sadly the DX upgrade that came later is not. Why Namco would opt to give you an inferior, outdated version of Championship Edition is beyond me, and counts as a strike against Museum's quality.

Next up is Pac-Mania, which is similar to the original, just with an isometric view, expanded boards, and the ability to jump. Pac's leaping power is a lot more useful than you'd think, as he can change his trajectory mid-air and jump around corners, making for a more action-oriented feel.

The problem is since the view is at an angle, you can't actually see the whole board, and it's frustrating to have to track down that last pellet you can't even look at. Because of that, you'll have to change up your strategy fundamentally and go on specific routes, clearing pellets along the way. Pac-Man Arrangement is very similar in that it offers up jumping capabilities (with a classic view), but it goes a step further with other power-ups like speed boosts. Both are fun, but not nearly as engaging as Championship Edition.

Then you have the decidedly dated Pac & Pal and Super Pac-Man, which don't hold up today, as they essentially operate like the original, but with convoluted additions such as "keys" and other weird concepts. With Pal you have a ghost that steals items and with Super, Pac-Man grows really big and can speed up to smash through walls -- that's about it.

When it comes to Pac-Land and Pac-Attack, they're anything but familiar. Land is basically the black sheep of the franchise, taking the form of an odd 2D platformer in which Pac needs to escape from ghosts chasing him in vehicles like old-timey cars and UFOs.

It's got a perfect "so bad it's good vibe" going on, although you probably won't want to play it more than a few times. Pac-Attack is basically a clone of Dr. Mario, with Pac-Man pieces eating the ghosts (viruses) instead of the requirement to match up colors. It features a two-player versus mode, which is just about the only way you're going to get mileage out of this game.

Again, Battle Royale is the main reason you're probably interested in this pack. There's no surprise here -- the concept of putting four Pac-Man players in an arena and forcing them to eat each other is good fun. It uses the Championship concept of automatically arranging levels in real time around you, and it speeds up over time to increase the tension. Even if people aren't Pac-Man fans, they can still enjoy the fast-paced, simple gameplay of Royale. Thankfully, it also supports solo play against an NPC, but you'll definitely want to find three local friends for this one (mostly because Museum doesn't have an online component).

Museum as a whole supports full leaderboards for every game, an in-game Stamp Book achievement system, and a "Pac-Room" to mess around in that stores collectibles. Visually on consoles the game looks fine, but every game outside of CE and Royale will support a tiny native resolution while a border takes up the rest of the screen. As a side note, if you buy the game before the end of March, you'll net the wonderful Ms. Pac-Man for free, which sweetens the deal.

Pac-Man Museum has a bunch of middling pieces, but the addition of Battle Royale is the icing on the cake. If you've never played Championship Edition before and thus do not have DX to compare it to, it's a perfect way to re-acclimate yourself to the franchise, while you use Royale to spice up your next local gathering. Everyone else who lacks friends on-hand or has already played CE should wait for a sale, or pass this one up entirely.

Pac-Man Museum reviewed by Harley365

A solid game that definitely has an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.
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