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Pac Match Party Review: Bejeweled gets Pac-Man-ed

The first thing that made me smile about this game is the price.  Namco has finally (hopefully) woken up and smelled the coffee to realize what iPhone gamers want: a reasonable price and reasonable content.  But from there, it doesn’t seem to get much better.  Pac Match Party is definitely a competent match-3 game, but like I mentioned before, I’m tired of playing match-3.  And from the things I see here, it doesn’t seem to offer anything jaw-droppingly different from Bejeweled 2.

Likes

Pac-man implements: I thought the timer for Pac-man was pretty clever, and eating the cake was also quite the idea.  Yes, the ghosts and stuff are cool, but the timer for some reason had me interested and partly wowed with the sheer amount of cleverness.  It may not be that clever to some, but to me, it has fascinated.

Not bad: Pac Match Party is just for anyone who likes to play match-3s and isn’t tired of them.  It has all its basics right, and the game is not too bad at all.  It’s okay for anyone just wanting to play a little match-3 here and there, but for those who already own Bejeweled, it’s hard to recommend.

The price is right: I normally don’t put this as a like for any game, but this is probably one of Namco’s first times pricing a game right.  No DLC, no “buy the game for $4.99 for one map and track”, nothing like that.  It’s a straightforward $1.99 for average content and average gameplay.  I’m just so surprised by this that I can’t help but listing this as a like.

Dislikes

Originality: There’s nothing really new other than the ingenuous timer implemented into the game.  It’s a basic match-3 with some powerups here and there, but other than that, it’s the same thing as Bejeweled 2.  And it’s so simple that it’s hard to recommend for being original.

Polish: Namco is a large company, and they became a large company for a reason.  But for some reason, Pac Match Party is lacking a lot in the design department.  The menu buttons are somewhat small, the ghost models look horrible, and the backgrounds are sparse.  It looks as a one-man team created this game, and it’s definitely one that needs a lot more polish to it.  I hate to use the word “polish”, but it just seems to be so appropriate here.

Pac Match Party is an okay game, but it’s definitely far from being the best.  The match-3 mechanics, in my opinion, are quite simple and a bit too unoriginal for my tastes.  The design is also an area I would like to see improve, although I highly doubt Namco will update any of the graphics or artwork.  Still, Pac Match Party may be worth a look for those looking for a quick pick up and play game.

Pac Match Party was developed by Namco, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPhone 3GS.  The price is $1.99.


‘Despicable Me: Minion Mania’ Coming to iPhone and iPad

The first time I saw the trailer for Despicable Me I was located inside a movie theater awaiting to watch the eventually awesome Clash of the Titans (say what you will, I liked the movie).  I was itching to know more about the movie though, as it was only a teaser trailer, and it only showed the character in a white surrounding.

But the character was just so… cute for lack of a better word.  And fortunately, that cuteness is coming to the iPhone.

Namco’s Despicable Me: Minion Mania is an addictive puzzle adventure game that invites players to become one of the world’s greatest super villains through 20 stages of non-stop entertainment.  Specifically, players command an army of Gru’s tireless Minions through his top secret laboratory training them for his next big heist.  Gru’s gadgets are employed in creative combinations to assist with the completion of each mission.

A lite version for the game will be releasing on June 7th (this Monday), and the full version will be released on June 28th.  Of course, the lite version will be free for everyone to try out.  As for the iPad version, it is slated for a July 7th release.

Pac-Man turns 30 Years Old, Fire Sale on the App Store

By now, we should all know that Pac-Man has turned 30 years old (link only good for May 21st, 2010), as it was first released all the way back in 1980.  Sadly, I wasn’t born to witness the birth of one of the large game icons in history, but of course, I’ve played the game through the years from the arcade to the iPhone.

It’s a unique game that many are still fascinated by, and while I’m not very good at it, I remember spending so many coins on the arcade machines, probably spending more than $20 on one sit through.  This game icon surviving for 30 years is quite a large feat, and we definitely congratulate Namco for passing that milestone.

But we’re not the only ones happy for Namco, as Namco themselves seem to be in a great mood.  They’ve lowered the price of some of the Pac-Man games in the App Store to $0.99, while the original iPhone and iPad version went down to $3.99.

Pac-Man Games on Sale

Along with the fire sale, Namco has announced their upcoming Pac-Man title Pac-Match Party, which is described as, “Collect gifts or chomp on cakes and power pellets to get through this PAC-MAN-themed Match-3 title.”

We don’t have much more info other than that tidbit, but it should be available soon.

The fire sale for all Pac-Man games will end on Sunday, May 23rd, so I suggest you pick up whatever you want to pick up now before the price goes back up.  Among them, I can definitely recommend Pac-Man Championship Edition.

‘Pool Pro Online 3’ Goes down to Free

Pool Pro Online 3 is arguably one of my favorite pool games on the App Store, although the lack of motivation took a hit on the rating.  Still, the graphics, online play, and overall gameplay was very well done and one that I was totally surprised by considering Namco hasn’t exactly executed on the App Store.

But at the time of my review, the game cost $4.99.  Now, Namco has decided to put this game to free for a limited time in celebration of its success with its UniteSDK, an online social platform that allows community chat, online play, and more.  Since the launch of Pool Pro Online 3, the UniteSDK has seen over 2.5 million users and 400,000 downloads daily via Pac-Man Lite.

These are definitely some impressive stats, and it makes them even better when one of the better pool games on the App Store go free.  If you haven’t picked it up yet, I suggest you head down to the App Store and download it now.

Spring Sale: EA Mobile and Namco

Spring cleaning perhaps?  I can never understand the reason behind spring sales, as there are no significant holidays and such during the time of spring.  Maybe the fresh spring air has made these large companies feel generous, or maybe they just need another excuse to sell their products for cheaper.  Either way, these are some titles worth picking up.

Namco

EA Mobile

Please note that this sale pertains to iPhone version of the game, not iPad.