Pac-Man 256 recently made its way onto consoles, and is available for $4.99 on the Xbox One. Last night I downloaded it figuring it’d make a great game to fool around with and kill some time every now and then. Before I knew it I had already sunk an hour and a half into the game. I’ve found it much easier to play with a controller compared to the touch screen controls on mobile devices, and the game looks and sounds great on a TV.
It’s so easy to restart every time Pac-Man dies that it’s dangerously addictive. I found myself hitting the play button without even taking a second to think about it, and starting run after run for over an hour without realizing it. It’s such a great feeling to surpass your high score, but there’s also a constant drive to just munch a few more dots to bring the next upgrade closer.
The only possible downside to the game are its achievements, there are only 10, worth 100 points each. Then again, it’s hard to imagine how they could have possibly come up with many more achievements.
Many people might not enjoy being asked to pay $5 for a game that’s free on mobile, but there are no microtransacitons in the console version of the game, and the hours of addictive gameplay are well worth the money. I can easily see myself spending a few hours a week for a long time with this game, constantly edging my score higher while unlocking new abilities and upgrading those I already have.
My copy of Puyo Puyo Tetris arrived today from Japan! After the rather dull and plain Tetris Ultimate, I was excited to check out the eccentric and energetic Tetris (and Puyo Puyo) game from Japan.
The first thing worth noting is that the game comes with a manual. Not just a slip of paper, but a full blown instruction manual, something that’s a rarity these days (not that I think they’re useful. I buy all of my games digitally anyway).
So far Puyo Puyo Tetris is an absolute blast to play! I’ve been enjoying the “story mode” which features some lengthy, strange cut scenes in between each match. Yep, that’s right, this Tetris game has a story! Each cut scene is actually pretty lengthy, and I have absolutely no clue what’s going on but I’m enjoying it! You’ll face a variety of opponents and different challenges as you progress and you can earn 1-3 stars from each level depending on how well you do.
There’s also a variety of VS modes which can be played with 1-3 computer opponents, local co-op (which can also involve CPU opponents if you like) and online play (which I haven’t tried yet). Every mode is a blast to play, and it’s interesting that one person can be playing Tetris while the other is playing Puyo Puyo as you battle it out (there’s even a mode that uses both Tetris pieces and Puyo Puyo pieces at the same time!).
I’m definitely looking forward to playing more Puyo Puyo Tetris, and I definitely recommend picking it up over the U.S. release of Tetris Ultimate. It’s a far superior game! Also, it’s pretty cool to get some Japanese achievements 🙂