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Pac-Man 256

Crossy Road developer working on Pac-Man 256


I must have missed about 250 Pac-Mans
May 22
// Darren Nakamura
[Update: Now we have a trailer and screenshots! Disregard snark at the bottom here.] In its ongoing celebration of Pac-Man's 35th anniversary, Bandai Namco has said that Pac-Man will show up in unexpected places. The first c...
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The day is finally here!
The moment you've all been waiting for that has been months in the making, Newstoid is finally officially here! We have all the hot scoops, hot hosts, and side-splitting laughter you could ask for. Not to mention the hot bea...

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Namco's Pac-Man 35th anniversary celebration is just sad


Publisher patches the mobile port
May 20
// Kyle MacGregor
On this day in 1980, Pac-Man debuted in Japanese arcades. Now, publisher Bandai Namco has decided to celebrate the arcade classic's 35th anniversary in the most depressing way possible. The company has passed along a note ann...

Pac-Man to show up in unexpected places this year, let's guess where

Apr 22 // Jed Whitaker
Mario Kart 8 Pac-Man is no stranger to Mario Kart games having been in all three iterations made for arcades, and with Pac's recent appearance in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS / Wii U, having him as a racer in Mario Kart 8 just makes sense. Running for president as a Republican This one is a no-brainer -- just think about it. What do Pac-Man and the Republican party have in common? They are mostly men, 35 years of age or older, greedy, don't play well with other races, and are deeply rooted in religion. Pac-Man isn't the typical white male that leads the party, but perhaps a recognizable yellow face could give Republicans the push they need to take the White House in 2016. Dark Souls II The Souls series and Pac-Man actually have a lot in common; in both, you play as a lone hero traversing dark mazes filled with spooky ghosts in a world where the only sure thing is death. Perhaps the original maze from Pac-Man will be reworked in a 3D space, much like that beer commercial, and released as free DLC for Dark Souls II. Pac-Man would of course be a grotesque version of himself that guards the end of the maze.  Pellets, Please Gritty, dark, realistic games are all the rage these days, so perhaps Bandai Namco Entertainment will give Pac-Man the reboot he deserves. Pac-Land has fallen on tough times and Pac-Man must sneak into the neighboring country of Arstotzka to find work and food, all while dealing with terrorists and extreme hunger. Pellets, Please could be the smash hit to bring Pac-Man into the two thousand teens. RuPaul's Drag Race Everyone's favorite feminist already told us that Ms. Pac-Man is just Pac-Man with a bow on his head, so Pac-Man decides to own it and joins RuPaul's Drag Race. Pac, Ms. Pac-Man if you're nasty, will take the other divas by storm. Mama Pac will be a ruthless, z-snapping glamazon that makes up for her size with an over-the-top personality. Drag and gays are so in right now to the point where people are trying to make laws against them, which is what happens when anything gets popular with the kids. Playgirl Pac-Man has always been a sex icon. He's known for running around in the nude in his early, drug-filled days; even now the dude doesn't wear pants, baring it all is a constant in his life. Plus, PlayGirl is a great publication to reach parts of the population that are rarely marketed to in gaming: women, and non-straight men. A bit of trivia for ya: the history of PlayGirl kind of falls in place with the history of Ms. Pac-Man, as they were both made as an answer to their male-oriented versions.  An Adam Sandler movie I'm just foolin', there is no way that Pac-Man would ever have a large role in an Adam Sandler film, right? 
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35th anniversary, midlife crisis
This year is the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man, a fact that will surely make your dad feel old. At a recent event in Las Vegas, Bandai Namco Entertainment said to look for Pac-Man to "show up in unexpected places this year." I've thought long and hard about where those places could be and compiled my best guesses below. Feel free to post yours in the comments!

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Pac-Man Google Maps

Google Maps is now a giant game of Pac-Man


It's still March!
Mar 31
// Jordan Devore
I like when companies channel their April Fools' Day creativity into something real as opposed to just announcing a phony product or service that really ought to exist. This year, Google has another fun interactive gag for us...
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BRRUUAAAPPHH!


Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
Oct 14
// Dale North
It's probably the 12-year-old in me that digs this new commercial for PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2. Burping with force waves? Cool. Sound effect stand-ins for farts? Love it. The scream-y Ask Ketchum/Naruto voice over narrator? Tops, man.  Not going to lie: I've watched this more than once. I'm also pretty proud of my screenshot of the boy belching.
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Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon Campaign to benefit breast cancer foundation


New maze proceeds to to foundation
Oct 01
// Dale North
Namco Bandai has launched its Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon Campaign in cooperation with the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  They plan to raise awareness through gameplay in their range of mobile titles, with the highlight...
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Pac-Man

Pac-Man CE DX+ is ridiculously good and free to play on Steam until Monday


Also on sale, if you want to buy it outright
Sep 24
// Jordan Devore
This week on Steam, you can check out the superb Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ for free as Namco plays the part of a "friendly" drug dealer. The promotion lasts until Monday at 10:00am Pacific and in that time the game and...
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Pac dreams

Miyamoto wanted Pac-Man in Super Smash Bros. Brawl


That is, the last one
Jul 03
// Steven Hansen
Pac-Man being in the new Super Smash Bros. is pretty wild, but apparently it's been a long time coming. In his column in Weekly Famitsu, series creator Masahiro Sakurai explained that Miyamoto wanted the world's mos...
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Pac-Man

This SDCC Pac-Man figure is the stuff of nightmares


A licky boom-boom down
Jun 23
// Brittany Vincent
If our attempts at Sonic fanfiction aren't enough to give you nightmares, then perhaps this bizarre Pac-Man figure complete with a segmented tongue can act as today's fuel for the most unsettling sleep of your life. Available...
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Pac-Man

Pac-Man Collection, Pac-Land now available on Wii U


GBA and NES games make a return on Virtual Console
Jun 11
// Kyle MacGregor
Hot on the heels of the Pac-Man reveal for Super Smash Bros., classic titles featuring Bandai Namco's lovable mascot have popped up on the Wii U eShop. The Game Boy Advance Pac-Man Collection is presently available for $4.89, while the NES version of Pac-Land is on offer for $3.49. Time to get packing!
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And he's getting his own level!
During a roundtable presentation at E3 this evening, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai revealed Pac-Man as a playable character in Nintendo's upcoming Wii U and 3DS fighter. The Bandai Namco mascot will be receiving...

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New pac-Man

Namco has made another Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures


Pac it in, man
Apr 22
// Steven Hansen
Coming to PS3, 360, Wii U, and 3DS this fall, a sequel to "an emotionless venture that's devoid of any soul or effort." I guess Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, which is based on the new Pac-Man television series, did well enough to warrant a sequel.

Review: Pac-Man Museum

Feb 28 // Chris Carter
Pac-Man Museum (PC, PS3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Namco Bandai GamesPublisher: Namco Bandai GamesReleased:  February 25, 2014MSRP: $19.99 Reviewing a collection of old games can be tough, so let's start at the iconic, timeless classic: the original Pac-Man. It still holds up today, and although Museum doesn't pack a ton of nuanced options to fundamentally change the game, it does have few extras like the ability to select a starting level (once you earn it), and increase your life and bonus life thresholds.  Having said that, I know a lot of people who hated the original Pac-Man until they played the Championship Edition of the game which really helped them "get it" -- since it was pretty much better in every way. While CE is fully included in the Museum, sadly the DX upgrade that came later is not. Why Namco would opt to give you an inferior, outdated version of Championship Edition is beyond me, and counts as a strike against Museum's quality. Next up is Pac-Mania, which is similar to the original, just with an isometric view, expanded boards, and the ability to jump. Pac's leaping power is a lot more useful than you'd think, as he can change his trajectory mid-air and jump around corners, making for a more action-oriented feel. The problem is since the view is at an angle, you can't actually see the whole board, and it's frustrating to have to track down that last pellet you can't even look at. Because of that, you'll have to change up your strategy fundamentally and go on specific routes, clearing pellets along the way. Pac-Man Arrangement is very similar in that it offers up jumping capabilities (with a classic view), but it goes a step further with other power-ups like speed boosts. Both are fun, but not nearly as engaging as Championship Edition. Then you have the decidedly dated Pac & Pal and Super Pac-Man, which don't hold up today, as they essentially operate like the original, but with convoluted additions such as "keys" and other weird concepts. With Pal you have a ghost that steals items and with Super, Pac-Man grows really big and can speed up to smash through walls -- that's about it. When it comes to Pac-Land and Pac-Attack, they're anything but familiar. Land is basically the black sheep of the franchise, taking the form of an odd 2D platformer in which Pac needs to escape from ghosts chasing him in vehicles like old-timey cars and UFOs. It's got a perfect "so bad it's good vibe" going on, although you probably won't want to play it more than a few times. Pac-Attack is basically a clone of Dr. Mario, with Pac-Man pieces eating the ghosts (viruses) instead of the requirement to match up colors. It features a two-player versus mode, which is just about the only way you're going to get mileage out of this game. Again, Battle Royale is the main reason you're probably interested in this pack. There's no surprise here -- the concept of putting four Pac-Man players in an arena and forcing them to eat each other is good fun. It uses the Championship concept of automatically arranging levels in real time around you, and it speeds up over time to increase the tension. Even if people aren't Pac-Man fans, they can still enjoy the fast-paced, simple gameplay of Royale. Thankfully, it also supports solo play against an NPC, but you'll definitely want to find three local friends for this one (mostly because Museum doesn't have an online component). Museum as a whole supports full leaderboards for every game, an in-game Stamp Book achievement system, and a "Pac-Room" to mess around in that stores collectibles. Visually on consoles the game looks fine, but every game outside of CE and Royale will support a tiny native resolution while a border takes up the rest of the screen. As a side note, if you buy the game before the end of March, you'll net the wonderful Ms. Pac-Man for free, which sweetens the deal. Pac-Man Museum has a bunch of middling pieces, but the addition of Battle Royale is the icing on the cake. If you've never played Championship Edition before and thus do not have DX to compare it to, it's a perfect way to re-acclimate yourself to the franchise, while you use Royale to spice up your next local gathering. Everyone else who lacks friends on-hand or has already played CE should wait for a sale, or pass this one up entirely.
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You're mostly buying this for Battle Royale
Let's not beat around the bush here -- with the new Pac-Man Museum compilation, you're getting a bunch of really old games you've most likely played before, a few you probably already own, and Pac-Man Battle Royale....

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Pac-Man

Pac-Man Museum out today for PSN, XBLA, and Steam


Includes previously arcade-only Battle Royale
Feb 26
// Jordan Devore
Pac-Man Museum, released today on Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade, caught my eye this morning. It was my first time hearing about the game and the $19.99 price stood out. What could a compilation like this po...
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Pac-Man Museum

Pac-Man Museum is a thing, coming in February


Free Ms. Pac-Man for a limited time with purchase
Jan 31
// Chris Carter
Have you somehow not had enough Pac-Man in your life yet? Well Bandai Namco has just the compilation for you, as Pac-Man Museum is set to hit the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC platforms on February 26th (the PS3 gets it on ...
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Namco Bandai

Namco registers One Piece, Naruto, & Short Peace domains


Potential localizations loom on the horizon
Oct 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Namco Bandai's European wing recently registered a new set of domains, unearthing eight titles that potentially could see western releases in the not too distant future. The batch includes a domain for a Short Peace game, ind...
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Pac-Man

Ghost trains! Pac-Man CE DX+ headed to Steam


So, you're going to want to buy this
Aug 12
// Jordan Devore
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ will arrive on Steam next month. It's a game some of us own already, but one I'll happily buy again now that most of my gaming happens on a PC these days. Really, I just can't be bothered...
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Videogame cartoons

So the new Rabbids cartoon premiered today


My thoughts on Rabbids Invasion as well as the new Pac-Man cartoon
Aug 03
// Tony Ponce
Today, Nickelodeon launched the latest show on its Saturday morning lineup: Rabbids Invasion. Teased about for years, the new program is about... the Rabbids, and they do... things. Ummmm... yeah, that's basically the gist o...

Belch out eyeballs of your foes in latest Pac-Man game

Jul 20 // Jayson Napolitano
As noted, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures draws upon Pac-Man's roots with a heavy emphasis on eating everything, including the game's primary enemies: ghosts. You'll find yourself eating pellets as well as a variety of foods that replenish your health as you progress through 20 different levels that explore a number of different environments.We were shown an ice level this time around, which had plenty of puzzles of solve, friends to rescue, and a nifty ice slide that had us dodging obstacles in an almost extreme sports-like fashion. From there, we were shown the new Fire Pac-Man power-up that had our prominently-eyebrowed companion spewing fire to demolish enemies and melt ice-based puzzle elements. Other power-ups will include Ice Pac-Man and Metal Pac-Man.The game will also feature a multiplayer mode that will play like the classic maze-based Pac-Man titles as well as a hub area with an arcade that is full of mini-games.I think this game is actually looking pretty good, although it's clear that the audience is meant to be those who are fans of the cartoon series. While that's not me, this by no means looks like it's going to bring shame to the series, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it shapes up moving forward.Are there any fans of the television show out there that are looking forward to this game? Can you get behind a Pac-Man who disposes of his enemies' remains in such a vulgar fashion?
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More details about Pac-Man's latest adventure
We covered the newly-announced Pac-Man game at E3, and while Brett's assessment wasn't positive, I was shocked most by the belch that Pac-Man lets loose at the end of each stage, from which the eyeballs of his consumed ghostl...

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will make you sad

Jun 18 // Brett Makedonski
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is a third-person semi-platforming chomp-n-slash affair slated for fall, and based on the recently released children's television show of the same namesake. Ghosts have taken over the town (I think), and Pac-Man needs to win it back (I think). Ghosts can be dispelled by clumsily lunging in their direction and biting at them. On the likely chance that Pac-Man's power meter is full, a special attack can be activated -- normal Pac-Man's turn all the ghosts blue and scare them. Notice I say "normal Pac-Man." There are power-ups scattered throughout the levels that give him a special suit and ability. The only one I saw was Chameleon Pac-Man, who could latch onto things with his tongue, and had the super powers of turning invisible and making me cringe really hard. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventure's visuals are basically on-par with what you'd expect from a game like this. It looks a bit rough around the edges, but nothing that's absolutely debilitating. However, Pac-Man's eyebrows are a cause for concern and nightmares. Though given only one level, it was pretty easy to tell that that's all Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures has going on. It's glaringly obvious that it'll be repetitive and mindless to the point of ridiculousness. Sure, there will be a demographic for this game, but the word "Pac-Man" isn't going to mean a substantial thing to any of them. Namco took a big step forward a few years ago with the Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, a game that inspired hope for the future of Pac-Man. Ghostly Adventures feels like it'll be a seven-inch stiletto heel in his non-existent throat.
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How our hero has fallen
"I think we have a demographic for it," I was told by a Namco Bandai PR rep. Let me back up -- mere moments earlier, he asked what I thought of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures; I returned his questioning with nothing more...

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Pac-Man noir

Pac-Man, the cocky, pinstripe suit-wearing noir hero


Cock of the walk
May 25
// Tony Ponce
A hyper-stylized version of Pac-Man that exaggerates the violence of the rather tame arcade original? Yeah, we've gone down that road before. "Goodnight Sweet Pakman" may be no different in that regard, but I can't stop watching the opening 40 seconds over and over again. That A Night at the Roxbury head bob gets me every single time! Goodnight Sweet Pakman [YouTube]
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Pac-Man

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is what it sounds like


Which is to say a game technically featuring Pac-Man
May 14
// Jordan Devore
What makes a Pac-Man game a Pac-Man game? Perhaps I'm overthinking this. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures puts the iconic character in a story built off the animated television series of the same name, which makes a lot of...
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Indie Games

Indie game Munch Face wants your feedback


Think Pac-Man with turrets, portals, and guns
Apr 27
// johnmasterlee
Aloha from Oahu! Working on an indie game called Munch Face for a 3 month stint in Hawaii, and this morn we're doing a code jam, and this evening a Spam Jam. Spam Jam is a real thing. It's a festival... for Spam... Anyways, o...
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Retro animation

Retro game Post-It stop-motion animation is rad


Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong on sticky, colored paper
Apr 04
// Darren Nakamura
We've seen Post-It Note stop-motion animation before, but none quite so clean as the above video that reportedly took eleven months and 4,800 Post-Its to make. The stillness of the shots and the transitions between different...
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Pac-Man

Don't touch Pac-Man


Goodbye
Mar 31
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Just don't.
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Game Over, the poster

Game heroes died so that you can have this poster


Hang brentalfloss' "The Game Over Tinies" up on your wall
Feb 26
// Tony Ponce
Did you guys get a chance to check out "The Game Over Tinies" in brentalfloss the comic? Once again, co-writers brentalfloss and Dan Roth and artist Andrew Dobson created an abecedarian comic of videogame character deaths -- ...
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The Game Over Tinies

Even more 'Game Overs' in storybook rhyme


The remaining letters in brentalfloss the comic's "The Game Over Tinies"
Feb 22
// Tony Ponce
A couple weeks back, brentalfloss the comic began an arc parodying the dark comedy children's book The Gashlycrumb Tinies -- that book's author, Edward Gorey, is the subject of today's Google Doodle, by the by. Anyway, "The G...
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Not Pacman

Confused? It's not 'Pac-Man,' it's 'Not Pacman'


From the creator of Mari0
Jan 14
// Tony Ponce
Let the headline swirl in your head a bit, then come back. Indie studio Stabyourself.net has a knack for recreating classic 80s games pixel for pixel but with the application of modern physics for a wild new take on an old f...






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