Articles/Game Reviews/SNES (Super Nintendo)/Pac-man 2: The New Adventures (1994)

Pretty much everyone knows what the games Pac-man and Ms. Pac-man are, but few have probably heard of the unique Pac-man game released for the SNES in the early 90s. Entitled "Pac-man 2: The New Adventures, this game took a simple game and gave it a story.

The story centers around both Pac-man and Ms. Pac-man, who are now married with three kids. The first scene shows Ms. Pac-man (or should I say Mrs.?) yelling at Pac-man to go get some milk for their baby. Pac-man then leaves his house to fulfill this mission. It is pretty clear that Pac-man is whipped and the wife wears the pants in his family.

The premise of this game is quite unique. Pac-man will walk around on his own and interact with the environment even if you don't do anything. However, it is your job to point out dangers and things of interest using look commands. For example, if you see a rock that he might stumble over, you have him look down and he will spot the hazard instead of tripping on it.

You are also armed with a slingshot, which is a lot of fun. You can shoot anything in the game, even Pac-man! If you shoot people, it usually results in them getting mad and yelling at Pac-man. If you shoot animals, they will usually attack Pac-man. In fact, using the slingshot to make Pac-man's life a living hell is probably the most fun part of the game!

It is amazing how many different things the developers have thought of. If Pac-man is given a task and you have him go back in his house to watch TV, Mrs. Pac-man will come out and start bitching at him. If you shoot trees, random objects will occasionally fall out, such as beehives and fruit. Trying to find all of these easter eggs is a lot of fun and many of them are surprising.

Another interesting part of the game is Pac-man's emotions. Pac-man can experience all types of emotions, including extreme happiness, anger, depression, and indifference. Pac-man will always act according to his emotions, for example if he is angry he will stomp around with an angry look on his face. Actions in the game will affect Pac-man's emotions and when good things happen to him his mood will improve. If you keep getting him into trouble or shooting him with the slingshot he will get depressed and mope around with a sad look on his face. If he gets too depressed he will start to act indifferent to your look commands as well.

The graphics in this game are really good, with a huge assortment of animations and cartoony characters and objects. The game looks very cartoonish and seems to match the classic Ms. Pac-man artwork perfectly. The artists have produced a world that looks exactly how I would have imagined it.

The sounds in this game are also great. The background music reminds me of the themes used in Super Mario World, yet have their own unique flavor. There are a lot of sound effects, including Pac-man's many vocalizations, to keep the game interesting.

The difficulty of this game is pretty low since it is impossible to die. If Pac-man is seriously hurt, the game goes back to the point where he walked into the current scene so you don't lose any significant progress. It appears to have been designed to be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

This game is, in my opinion, one of the most creative and enjoyable games ever created, particularly for the Super Nintendo. It is obvious that a lot of work was put into this game and the end result is fantastic. If you can get a hold of this game, you should definitely give it a try.