gamers (100%) found this review helpful
After awhile, I found that controlling Pac Man with the Stylus wasn't as fun as the D-Pad or a good old fashioned joystick is. 50% of the time, when I'd try to draw a Pac-Man, I'd end up having to re-draw him because the game wouldn't accept mine. It's a very interesting idea for a game, but not incredibly fun to play.
When I buy a 'puzzle game' I look for something that is going to challenge my mind, and make me have fun at the same time. This game provides exactly that. This is not the typical pac-man game. The ghosts are essentially puzzle pieces you must eliminate, by drawing your own version of pacman to eat them up. You have a specific number of "men" youre allowed to draw per turn, so rushing through this game will not help out. You have to use strategy, you have to think, and I promise you you will have fun. I know, this is one of those titles like YOSHIS TOUCH N GO that you are debating renting, trust me and do it. Right now I am playing Advance Wars DS and Star Fox DS. Both of those games take a significant amount of time. This is perfect for those in-between moments of time when I am sick of intense fighting. I read people said drawing in this game is bad, or not fun. They are wrong. I am very surprised with how good this game is in spite of all the bad talk I had heard prior to purchase. Fun, brain boggling, pretty to look at (unless youre the worst artist ever) and also very very lengthy. Something tells me some of the bad scores posted here are out of frustration - with puzzle games, that is a good thing.
I am one of the biggest pac-man fans around and when i heard that a ds game would feature pac man and full usage of the stylus i was very optimistic about the idea. Than i rented it and my love for pac-man began to fade. Pac Pix is a very simple game, draw your pacman with the stylus and guide him with the pen so he doesnt leave the screen and eat all the ghosts. Simple enough except you have to draw your pac man in a specific way or else it is just a wasted line. Once you get the hang of it though you are in good shape, than comes adding making arrows to shoot ghosts from the top screen to the bottom screen while keeping your pacman alive on the bottom screen. It is alot to handle and it becomes very frustrating and rather repetitive far to fast. The idea is by far a great one but gameplay is lacking. I love you pac - man but drawing you is a pain and this game strays to far from the pac - man i know and love.
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Right out the gate, Pac-Pix gives you a few laughs. You start out by drawing some Pac Man symbols and they come to life, wandering around the screen eating ghosts. It's fun to draw hideously deformed Pac Men, and watch your twisted freakish creations wander around. The quality of your drawing determines the speed and efficiency of the Pac Man, though, so you actually have to draw the best possible Pac Man in order to get good scores.
This idea of "draw things and they come to life" is repeated as you advance in level, but it becomes very punishing, because you have to draw them very precisely. For instance, you soon get the ability to draw arrows, and they will come to life to shoot things. You use these arrows to shoot things on the top DS screen, where you can't draw directly. However, the arrow goes EXACTLY where you drew the arrow head, so you need to be spot-on with your little drawing, or the arrow goes crooked. That's the whole challenge to the game -- drawing predefined shapes are precisely as possible. Since that's the only point of the game, they made it pretty hard. You can spend an hour practicing drawing arrow heads and still miss more than 50% of the time.
This game is fun for maybe three hours, tops. I played it for another three or four, trying to find more fun, but then I sent it back. Good thing it was a renter!
What you do is try to defeat Pac-Man ghosts. To defeat them, you need to draw things. You draw a Pac-Man chomper guy to eat the ghosts, but you can only draw him in a specific way! So, if you're in a hurry, You are for sure going to lose, because you are still trying to figure out how you didn't draw the Pac-Man right. It also said to draw arrows. THEY MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO DO!!!!!!! When I drew an arrow, it just turned grey and didn't work, but when I drew the Pac-Man the wrong way, THAT was accepted as and arrow. My BIGGEST issue was that there was nothing else to do. When I got bored of the EXTREMELY hard levels that I don't want to deal with, I had to switch to a different game. I don't like Pac-Pix!
I loved the concept, but it was more like playing a game on the failed Apple Newton than a DS. The hand-writing recognition was horrible. The levels are timed, and when you have to draw a symbol 13 times to get it to accept it, there is no way you can win under those conditions. I think more time in development could have turned this shovelware title into a great game.
posted by inkamonkey (SAND CREEK, MI) Jun 21, 2007
Member since May 2007
I played this once. It was fun for a minute drawing the pacman characters and the bombs and such, but the game itself was lame. I had read previous reviews but I thought there would be more to it. It's slightly challenging in the higher levels, but I didn't find it interesting at all.