Retro series: PAC-MAN forever
PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Arcade Maze
Mainland China calls him ‘Bean-eater’. In Spain, he’s Comecocos. Japan, his birthplace, actually first knew him as Puck Man. No matter the name, there’s no denying this moon-shaped maze-crawler is a worldwide cultural icon.
Released by NAMCO in 1980, PAC-MAN was an instant arcade hit. Many of us also played on a Famicom, NES or Atari – where it forever found a place in our childhoods.
Though perhaps paling in comparison to the graphics and gameplay of today’s blockbusters, it is precisely this simplicity that gives PAC-MAN its timeless appeal. The game has a strong fan base to this day, bringing us to the iOS release of PAC-MAN 256.
While remaining faithful to the original, PAC-MAN 256 packs in more than just nostalgia. It ups the challenge with more complex mazes and ghastlier ghosts, provides some cool new power-ups to chomp on, as well as other extras. Even that 256 in the game’s name is a nod to fans – and here’s why: