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Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs review

Pac Man Mega Tunnel Battle Chomp Champs screenshot
Image: Bandai Namco

For a game with a ridiculously long name, Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs is rather simple in concept and light in content. Essentially a Battle Royale take on the classic Pac-Man formula, your goal is to be the last Pac standing. Chomp the most dots, invade opponents’ mazes to attempt to chomp them, and undertake a few missions along the way.

Admittedly, it is rather entertaining — particularly when you team up with friends. This isn’t a team game; you’re always going head-to-head. But end up in a two-player stand-off with a loved one and the stakes of Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs get that much more fun. It’s a points-based game, with trailing players being eliminated as rounds go on. But you’ll also lose if you get caught by ghosts too many times: Chomp Champs is generous in that you begin with more than one life, and extra lives can be accumulated as you play. But fail to be cautious, and it’s all too easy to find yourself eliminated.

The rules of standard Pac-Man apply here: clear all the dots in your maze to level up. And, ultimately, that’s your goal. But with pathways at the sides of your screen leading to other players’ mazes, you can sneak into theirs too for some extra points. Likewise, other players can enter your maze and if you’re not careful, you can end up getting chomped by them. Basically, you’re never safe.

Pac Man Mega Tunnel Battle Chomp Champs screenshot
Image: Bandai Namco

Occasionally, power-ups will drop within mazes, allowing for a variety of special abilities. Not all of them work in your favour, though, so you’ll want to grab them with caution: some make ghosts extra-attracted to you, and others make ghosts move faster. But some will give you an extra life, repel ghosts from you, or give you a shield for a limited time.

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One game of Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs takes around 10 minutes, although it could be a lot less if you die quickly — or a lot more if you end up in a tense, heated head-to-head at the end. It’s the sort of thing that you’ll probably find yourself wanting to jump into again and again, either to finally secure a win or to see if you can beat your score. It’s not going to hold your attention all evening, but for a few games at a time, there’s plenty of enjoyment to be found here.

Pac Man Mega Tunnel Battle Chomp Champs screenshot
Image: Bandai Namco

As you play, you’ll earn credits which can be used to buy various accessories for your Pac-Man. Adorn him with glasses and hats, or dress him up as a tiger, a dragon or a dog — and dozens more animals in-between. Nothing’s too out of reach, either: after just a couple of games we had enough to buy an outfit. You’ll have to play a lot to afford everything, but it’s at least something to work towards.

Where Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs falls down, though, is in its lack of content. There’s an Elimination Mode, a Ranked Mode and… that’s about it. Ranked doesn’t unlock until you’ve reached Level 10, which means playing through a lot of standard Elimination games first. There’s no local multiplayer, no single player mode (aside from a short Training level) and no other twists on Pac-Man. But for a game that costs just £15.99, it’s hard to be too upset about it being thin on the ground. What’s here is fun, and that’s the main thing.

This review of Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs is based on the PS5 version of the game, with a code provided by the publisher. It’s available on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC.

Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs review - GameSpew's score

Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs
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This isn't the best twist on Pac-Man — that accolade goes to the excellent Pac-Man 256. But injecting Battle Royale DNA into the Pac-Man formula works well enough, and although it's rather thin on content, Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs provides enough entertainment to keep you coming back, particularly considering its budget price.
This isn't the best twist on Pac-Man — that accolade goes to the excellent Pac-Man 256. But injecting Battle Royale DNA into the Pac-Man formula works well enough, and although it's rather thin on content, Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs provides enough entertainment to keep you coming back, particularly considering its budget price.
7/10
Total Score

We like...

  • Fun gameplay loop
  • Particularly enjoyable when playing with friends

We don't like...

  • Lack of game modes
  • No single-player or offline content.
Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.