“Pac-Man 256” is now available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Hipster Whale, the same studio that worked on the incredibly addictive “Crossy Road” for mobile devices, developed the game.
The game’s title is derived from the infamous 256 glitch, which plagued gamers of the original “Pac-Man” game after they managed to beat level 255 of the game. Hipster Whale have used the glitch as a concept for “Pac-Man 256,” as the yellow blob must now try to avoid the glitch, while also eating as much dots as possible.
Pac-Man still has the same weakness from previous games, mainly the colored ghosts that cause instant death, but now the game offers new power-ups that can take out the enemies. One of the new power ups that Pac-Man will be able to use is a laser beam.
According to Eurogamer, the new power-up will allow Pac-Man to destroy any enemy or obstacle that might be blocking his way. Pac-Man also still has his ability to eat multiple ghosts after he gobbles up enough pellets in the game, while also avoiding the glitch.
Like most mobile games that are free-to-play, “Pac-man 256” gives players credits to play the game. Each time the user attempts to escape the glitch, a credit is used. Once the credits run out, players can either wait for them to replenish after an amount of time has passed, or can use in-app purchases (IAP) to buy more credits. Alternatively, there is an IAP that allows players to remove the credit system altogether.
It seems like publisher Bandai Namco made the right decision to have Hipster Whale develop the game, as “Pac-Man 256” has been received positively thus far. The free-to-play mobile game earned a rare five star review from Touch Arcade, while other fans like how balanced the in-app purchases are.
Fans interested in a new “Pac-Man” mobile game or an alternative to “Crossy Road” can pick up “Pac-Man 256” right now for free. Mobile users can expect future updates to add more content to the game, like new power-ups or environments to name a few.
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