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Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions has been released on 3DS and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions 3DS is a grab bag of retro gaming goodness. My dad loved the 3D originals and me and my friends dug the Championship Edition, but really there should have been fewer games and more bells and whistles..."
- Teen Gamer (Mon, 01 Aug 2011)
Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions 3DS will mesh modern and retro gaming with a collection of six games on one cartridge.
Celebrating Pac Man's 30th anniversary, and following up early success on the original DS (Pac 'n Roll and Pac Pix) Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions 3DS includes a series of new and classic games. The original arcade versions of Pac-Man and Galaga will be presented with a 3D effect to mimic looking into an arcade cabinet.
Pac-Man Championship Edition and Galaga Legions are also part of the package. These are popular modern iterations of the series on Xbox Live Arcade and other platforms, although it's a shame the more recent Pac-Man Champion Edition DX won't be included.
New titles created exclusively for the 3DS release are Pac-Man Tilt and Galaga 3D Impact. Pac-Man Tilt is the only part of Dimensions restricted to 2D. It's a side-scrolling platformer controlled using the 3DS's tilt sensor. You will navigate Pac-Man through a series of puzzles, avoiding ghosts and taking advantage of springs and pinball flippers. Galaga 3D Impact is an on-rails shooter, moving the action to a first-person perspective for blasting away alien invaders. Using the gyroscope, you will need to move the DS and your body to aim and dodge incoming attacks.
Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions for 3DS is scheduled for release June 2011.
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: