It is hard to find anyone who was born in the last fifty years who hasn’t played, or heard of Pac Man, the legendary yellow ghost catcher whose debut video game has achieved critical and commercial success worldwide. Originally released back in 2016, Pac Man Championship Edition 2 Plus is a Nintendo Switch exclusive director’s cut style version of the sequel to Pac Man Championship Edition, which includes new features such as a co-operative multiplayer mode.
If you are one of the few who has never touched a Pac Man game, the core concept hasn’t changed for this latest release. Your goal is to guide Pac Man through several mazes, collecting several white pellets, as well as the Power Pellets which allow you to eat the ghosts that are determined to stop you getting the high score. The Championship Edition franchise does change the formula slightly, with the sequel including new mechanics such as the Bomb power-up, which returns you to the centre of the maze in the blink of an eye, and the ability to taunt the ghosts by running into them before they start flashing and are able to subtract one of your lives.
One of the best new mechanics is the ability to eat multiple ghosts at once, and the animated sequences that play when you get a long queue are definitely worth the invested time. Players on their own can choose to play the Adventure Mode, which has several mission objectives and boss battles, or Score Attack which requires you to use the new mechanics, such as the Bombs or the Jump Pads, to achieve the highest ranking for that challenge.