Although portions of the original game's score can be heard during the beginning of each level, Pac-Man Friends pays homage to the iconic video game without wearing out its welcome. To complete each maze, our hero must eat all the pellets on the level without bumping into any ghosts. When all the pellets are consumed, a portal opens up, leading players to the next chapter. A huge aspect of the game lies in Pac-Man's interdependence with his friends. Some of his colleagues have the ability to light up darkened rooms or, better yet, phase through ghosts without getting killed. Each of these friends play an important part in completing each maze, and don't be surprised if his buddies end up doing most of his dirty work in retrieving such items as fruits and keys.