And now for something completely different. Pac-Man Vs was a sort of cult hit on the Gamecube. But it was also a game that demanded a lot in order to actually play it. In order to actually get a full game going with three friends, you'd need three additional GBA's and link cables. Because of this, the game remains a rather niche experience.
I imagine that had I played this game when I was in college, and had the proper set up, it would have been a hit with my friends. But, as a dude in his late 30's who plays games only when the baby is asleep - it's just not the same world for me.
But I was still curious if Pac-Man Vs was worth playing. And so I discovered that the version included on the Namco Museum Arcade Pac on Switch actually has an added single player mode. So I figured why not give it a try. Of course playing it this way pretty much means you're playing it WITHOUT the selling point of the game, which is playing with friends.
Anyway, the quick version is... it's fine? I mean, I don't know how to properly evaluate a game when I'm playing it "wrong." If you don't know, Vs is a game where you (and your friends) play as ghosts and your job is to catch Pac-Man. It's interesting, sure. You can only see little pieces of the board at a time. And not to beat a dead horse, but this is a lot more interesting a concept if you're playing with others instead of alone.
Playing this solo feels like... a nice waste of time, or something. It feels like a mobile game. Something I'd try for a few minutes and then get bored of.
I did consider tracking down the DS version of Namco Museum which offers the ability of download play, which would enable me to play a few rounds with my wife. But honestly, I don't find this game so compelling that I'd go out of my way to track down ANOTHER version of it.
Also, there's already a "new" game just like this - one that my wife and I have already played and enjoyed. Nintendo Land on Wii U features a Luigi's Mansion mini-game that is totally just Pac-Man Vs reskinned. And it's awesome, and makes great use of the gamepad. So yeah. We've got that if we're ever in the mood.