Pac-Man And Galaga Dimensions (3DS) Preview

Here at Nintendo Scene we do love a bit of retro gaming, and it is without dispute that Pac-Man is clearly the icon of retro arcade gaming. Every now and then, developers like to remind us how great those classic games were by launching collections on new hardware (e.g. SEGA’sDreamcast Collection on the Xbox 360). Towards the end of the month Namco Bandai are continuing this trend by releasing Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions on the 3DS, which is a collection of both old and new games from the Pac-Man and Galaga franchises.

So what games are included in the collection? As well as the originalPac-Man and Galaga games, as released originally on arcade, Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions hosts the Xbox Live Arcade games Pac-Man Championship Edition and Galaga Legions. Although these are all older games in the franchises (with Pac-Man CE and Galaga Legions being the most recent), they have all been given the 3DS treatment and empowered with new 3D visuals.

Pac-Man Tilt

As for the new additions to the franchises, Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions also includes two brand new games, designed exclusively for the 3DS and so incorporating 3DS functionalities. The first game, Pac-Man Tilt is a platformer which makes use of the 3DS’ gyroscopic controls to guide Pac-Man through the 30 levels included. By titling your 3DS to different sides you control Pac-Man, avoiding ghosts and munching things along the way. It’s basically Pac-Man‘s best impression of a Mariogame, which sounds very appealing indeed!

Galaga 3D Impact

Galaga 3D Impact differs from Tilt as it throws aside the side-scroller and instead resembles an on-rails shooter, similar to Face Raiders (a demo game that comes pre-installed on the 3DS). You can either aim by using your circle pad or the gyro sensor as in Tilt. Unlike Tilt however, Impact is a much shorter game with only a few levels and so focuses on reaching a high score, like ‘bullet-hell’ shooters such as CAVE’s Deathsmiles on the Xbox 360. Shooters on the 3DS benefit immensely from the 3D depth system, and so hopefully Impact will provide the ultimate 3D space shooter that we all (sometimes unknowingly) need in our lives.

The element which really livens things up though, is the online leader boards for all six games included on the 3DS cartridge. As addictive as any Pac-Man game is, the incentive to keep playing and increase your score adds length to the collection, securing it’s place as a ‘One To Watch’.

Keep an eye out for Nintendo Scene’s review of Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions ahead of it’s launch on the 26th August 2011.

One Response to “Pac-Man And Galaga Dimensions (3DS) Preview”
  1. Steve T. says:

    First off, I really like Pac-Man and intrigued by this game. Not only does it have the old school looking Galaga and Pac-Man, it gives them a fresh feel. From what I’ve seen, this combo pack might be something worth looking into.


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