Pac-Man World 2 is a third-person platformer developed and originally published by Namco in 2002. The game stars Namco's classic mascot Pac-Man in a quest to defeat the powerful ghost Spooky after he is inadvertently released from his ancient prison by the bumbling Ghost Gang.
Long ago, a malevolent being known as Spooky brought chaos and fear to the citizens of Pac-Land. A spell created by the Great Wizard Pac transformed five ordinary fruit into the sacred Golden Fruit. By using the Golden Fruit, the brave and noble Sir Pac-A-Lot defeated Spooky and sealed him under the world's only Golden Fruit Tree. Ages pass, until one night the Ghost Gang (Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde) sneaks into Pac Village and picks all the Golden Fruit from the branches of the tree imprisoning Spooky, thus releasing the malicious being upon the residents of Pac-Land once again. Pac-Man must vanquish the Ghost Gang to restore the Golden Fruit tree and defeat Spooky once and for all.
The game itself has 25 platforming levels and 16 levels heavily influenced by the mazes in Galaxian. Each level will exhibit a different facet of the gameplay. An example of this is a level when Pac-Man must use b-doings (launch pads) to successfully traverse the course.
Pac-Man has a large repertoire of moves as his disposal. He is able to perform simple platforming abilities like jumping and butt stomps, but is also able to bounce like a basketball. While bouncing Pac-Man is able to perform a spin kick that is primarily used against flying enemies. The player can charge up Pac-Man for a Sonic like effect with Pac-Man dashing around quickly while a yellow streak follows.