The sequel provides a fun, chaotic trip with a bit too much clutter.
When it's at its best, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 puts me in a zen-like trance that few games manage to pull off. The sense of old-school arcade speed, visual pizzazz, and organized chaos that it dishes out brought me deliciously close to the edge of insanity. It just makes a few too many unnecessary tweaks and additions, and those end up muddying the waters of Pac-Manís timeless formula.

Championship Edition 2 *is crammed with options and modifiers. First, an Adventure Mode with an addictive three-star grading system slowly teaches you the new rules and mechanics via bite-sized challenges. While itís easy to get one star on any given level, the three-star tasks took some real effort to pull off and felt really rewarding as I completed them with just seconds left on the clock. Once I learned the ropes from Adventure Mode I set my sight on the meat and potatoes of CE2: trying to top high scores in various arcade levels. The amount of freedom you have to modify variables like map size and starting speed allows you to create very specific challenges.

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