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Pac-Man Championship Edition DX going free-to-play on iOS

An iOS version of Bandai Namco’s high-octane Pac-Man remake Pac-Man Championship Edition DX has soft-launched in New Zealand, suggesting that a worldwide App Store release is imminent.

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REVIEW / PAC-MAN Friends (iOS)

 

I love PAC-MAN. So much so that when I saw a baseball cap with the cheeky fella on it at Glastonbury Festival this year, I knew I had to have it. The simplicity of the character design, the waka-waka noise accompanying you as try and munch down pac-dots, while trying your best to wait for the perfect moment to snag a power pellet and turn the tables on Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde is what makes this game not only addictive, but a pop-culture icon. So when I was told that I would be getting my hands on PAC-MAN Friends on my iPhone for my first game review, ever. I was more than excited.

 

Retro-inspired artwork fans of the original will love

Retro-inspired artwork that fans of the original will love.

 

As my thumb hits the app icon my ears are greeted by familiar sounds. Good start. The art style is finely polished, possessing a rich colour pallet with retro-inspired artwork and character design that fans of the series will recognize and love. Sadly, the comparison with the original 80’s arcade version ends here. The game is laid out in a series of levels reminiscent of the ever so popular (but incredibly tiresome) Candy Crush, spread across seven different worlds. Along the way you pick up ‘friends’ that have unique abilities to help PAC-MAN in his quest. Calling them friends is a little inaccurate, however, as collecting these comrades feels more like a burden than a reward, with each one that you accumulate adding to difficulties you face.

Controlling PAC-MAN and his multi-coloured companions was a chore. Foolishly, I chose not to make use of the screen-tilt for maneuvering the little guys around, opting instead for on screen buttons, which, even with my rather slender fingers was an awkward task. PAC-MAN and his chums handle like an overpowered rally car, with their back ends swinging wildly wide, as you make turns at high speed, making avoiding obstacles a little frustrating. But after I made the switch to the other control style, it gave me the desired dexterity.

 

If you're looking for classic 80's PAC-MAN this is not it.

If you’re looking for classic 80′s PAC-MAN this is not it.

 

Each level has you accomplishing a set amount of objectives within a desired time limit with an Angry Birds-esque score system that ranks your performance from one to three stars, depending on how well and how many objectives you successfully complete. As you go the levels gets progressively harder, but not progressively engaging. I had been holding out for a level called the haunted labyrinth because it looked like a bonus level that would transport me back – even if only briefly – to the past. It was a ruse. Once I finally collected the 10 magic keys required to unlock the level, rather than getting the chance to flex my thumbs in a familiar blue maze, I was met with more of the same. This is where I called it a day.

 

 

If you are a die-hard fan of the original game and desperately need a fix of anything and everything PAC-MAN then this is the game for you. But if you are looking for a glossy re-boot of the 80’s classic, stick to PAC-MAN and forget his friends.

 


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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 gobbles up an October release

Ohhhhhhhh no / Those ghosts have got to go / Go go Paczilla

Pac-Man and his pals are back for another round of 3D platforming with the upcoming release of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS,…
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SDCC shows off the newest Pac-Man trailer

 

Showing up as a playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game apparently isn’t enough for Pac-Man: Bandai Namco announced today at San Diego Comic Con that the arcade character will be showing up later this year in a new adventure game, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2.  In addition to playing as our favorite yellow glutton, the new game will also follow characters from the Disney show of the same name, Spiral and Cyli, as they defend PacWorld from Lord Betrayus’ army of ghosts.  Along with the announcement of a release date, the company also presented a trailer showing off new locations, obstacles, and power-ups, including the new Paczilla power-up!

 

 

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will be release for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, WiiU, and 3DS consols on October 14, 2014.  For more information on both the upcoming game and its corresponding tv show, check out Pac-Man’s website!


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Pac-Man joins the roster of combatants for Super Smash Bros.

Wakka, wakka, wakka! During E3 2014, it was revealed that Pac-Man will be joining the fight in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Yes, Pac-Man, Mario, Sonic, and Mega Man are going to be in the same game, beating the snot out of each other. They are joining a whole host of other characters from Nintendo and we can look forward to seeing them when Super Smash Bros. releases on October 3rd for the 3DS, and on Wii U during the 2014 holiday season.

That is the face of a man determined to win by any means necessary

In the game, Pac-Man will look like he does below most of the time, but during specific moves, he will transform into the iconic yellow round shape he had in his arcade debut way back in 1980. He also throws fruit and eats power pellets, BECAUSE HE’S PAC-MAN.

Gaze upon these icons mere moments before carnage ensued

Super Smash Bros. developer Masahiro Sakurai also revealed some new details on the title: gamers can customize each character with 12 unique attacks and three kinds of equipment that have various offensive, defensive and speed-enhancing skills, Mii characters can be used and can be customized with martial arts, shooting or swordplay skills, and the new Skylander-like amiibo figures can be battled against or teamed up with in battles and players can customize their fighting characteristics. The figures learn from each encounter, adopting more sophisticated tactics with each level they gain; Skynet will soon be upon us.

Check out a reveal trailer below and count down the days until Smash is upon us. I can’t wait!

Images courtesy of Games Press


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Pac-Man comes to Super Smash Bros

Pac-Man has been revealed as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS. The news comes from a special event going on … right now at E3 2014, hosted by series creator Masahiro Sakurai.

He appears as he did in Pac-Land (similar to…
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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 reaching UK in October

Bandai Namco gave the entirety of 2014 as a North American release window for Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2, but a recent press release narrows the game’s UK arrival down to the month of October. With the help of Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and 3DS…
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Six Pacmen turns Pac-Man into a musical conductor (sort of)

“Six Pacmen” is a performance piece from Tacit Group that fuses the arcade game Pac-Man with the 1973 musical composition “Six Pianos” by Steve Reich. In this twist on the Namco classic, the song “Six Pianos” is played one measure at a time. Players…
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PSN Tuesday: Thief, Pac-Man Museum, Lords of Shadow 2

The PlayStation Store updated today with new games across every platform, led by the launches of Thief and Basement Crawl on PS4. Thief joins another new release in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on PS3 this week.

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‘Delayed development’ cancels Pac-Man Museum on 3DS, Wii U

Yesterday, we brought you a happy story on the free copy of Ms. Pac-Man included with early purchases of Pac-Man Museum. Today, we bring you gloomy news: The compilation’s 3DS and Wii U ports are no longer planned for release.

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