Pac-Man World was released on the 20th anniversary of the creation of Pac-Man. It is a 3D based free roaming platformer for the PlayStation released on September 30, 1999. It was released for the Game Boy Advance on November 17, 2004.
In addition, Pac-Man had been given a handful of standard platform maneuvres, including a "butt-bounce", reminiscent of Mario and the Rev-Roll, reminiscent of Sonic the Hedgehog. Also, he'd gained the ability to use the dots offensively, throwing them at non-ghost enemies.
The level format was fairly straightforward; each world consisted of three or four levels. The first level in a world would introduce a new technique or enemy type. The second and third would require use of that technique to complete, and couldn't be completed without it. The fourth level of each world was a boss battle requiring unique gameplay or puzzle-solving to defeat.
The second levels also included a key that, while not essential to complete the game, was required to free whichever of Pac-Man's friends was held prisoner in the third level. Every freed character would then appear to aid Pac-Man in the final battle against Toc-Man.
When each level is completed at 100%, a high score is calculated from the collection of points from fruit, power pellets and enemies destroyed. Each level additionally has a special maze to access, play and complete. Traditionally, the last level of each world is the 'boss' level.
|1||The Valley of the Pirates (Pooka freed)||Buccaneer Beach|
|5||The Volcano Ruins (Chomp Chomp freed)||Crisis Cavern|
|8||Plan C from Space (Professor Pac freed)||Space Race|
|12||Haunted Funhouse (Baby Pac freed)||Clowning Around|
|16||Golden Fruit Smoothie Factory (Pac-Jr. freed)||Perilous Pipes|
|18||Down The Tubes|
|20||Toc-Man's Mansion (Ms. Pac-Man freed)||Ghostly Garden|
There was a Game Boy Advance version in 2004. Due to hardware limitations, many features were left out of the game, such as Maze Mode, the original Pac-Man and many levels cut out. There was a sequel, Pac-Man World 2, on February 24, 2002. It is available on the PC, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and Game Boy Advance.
Pac-Man World 3 later came out. This game introduced new moves and powers to Pac-Man and gave him a full voice.
The latest game in the series is the spin-off Pac-Man World Rally.
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