If you like the games Pac-Man and Doodle Jump, then Pac’n-Jump was practically made for you, because it’s basically Doodle Jump with a Pac-Man skin. Gone is the hopping Doodler, and in his place is our beloved hero, the limbless, yellow, pellet-munching circle. The levels are also retro-themed with characters and art from four classic Namco games.
Like Doodle Jump, your goal here is to keep jumping as high as possible without falling. Each level is made up of a series of platforms, but you’ll also find sections of nothing but pac-dots and fruit that you’ll have to gobble up to keep boosting Pac-Man higher. As you climb, you’ll encounter environmental dynamics like moving platforms, disappearing platforms, and wheels of spinning platforms. There’s enough variety within each level that it takes quite a while before it starts to feel repetitive.
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The classic games the levels are themed after are Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Rally-X, and Galaga. So the Pac-Man level has blue platforms and ghost enemies, while the Dig Dug level looks like a cave and is populated with fire-breathing dragons. The music for each level comes from the game that inspired it as well. And while four levels might not seem like a lot of content, it takes a while to unlock them, giving the game a good deal of replay value. And once you do unlock them all, you can keep playing for the Game Center leaderboards.
Yes, Pac’n-Jump is little more than Doodle Jump with a Namco skin, but seeing classic games integrated in an endless jumping game is surprisingly charming and fun. This is a well-made, polished casual game that’s bound to bring a smile to any retro gamer’s face.