Pac-Man 256

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Pac-Man 256
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Title card
Developer(s)Hipster Whale
3 Sprockets Pty Ltd
Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
iOS, Android
Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe SAS
SeriesPac-Man
Platform(s)Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, Linux
ReleaseiOS, Android
August 20, 2015
Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
June 21, 2016
Genre(s)Endless runner
Mode(s)Single-player multi-player

Pac-Man 256 is an endless running video game developed by Hipster Whale and 3 Sprockets and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is part of the Pac-Man series and is inspired by the original Pac-Man game's infamous Level 256 glitch. The game was originally released as a free-to-play title for iOS and Android on August 20, 2015. A port of the game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (Windows, macOS, Linux) by Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver, featuring additional features, was released on June 21, 2016.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Pac-Man 256 puts players in control of Pac-Man as he continues across an endless maze, collecting dots and power-ups while avoiding enemy ghosts. The game ends if Pac-Man comes into contact with a ghost or falls behind and is consumed by a chasing glitch at the bottom of the maze. Eating 256 dots in a row awards the player a blast that clears all on-screen enemies.[2] Along with power pellets, which enable Pac-Man to eat ghosts, Pac-Man can equip and obtain various power-ups such as lasers, tornadoes, and clones to attack the ghosts, as well as collect score-multiplying fruit. Additional power-ups are unlocked by collecting enough dots. Clearing certain missions unlock coins, also obtained either on the maze or by viewing sponsored videos, which can be used to upgrade power-ups.[3]

The game's main mode, which allows Pac-Man to equip up to three power-ups, requires credits which are replenished over time (the player can purchase unlimited credits with real money[4]). Alternatively, the player can use Free Play, which can be played at any time without power-ups. Credits can also be used to revive the player once per game.[5] However, in version 2.0 the credits system was removed, continues (revives) uses coins or videos instead, and power-ups are unlocked over time and the player always can use the power-ups.[6]

There are also themes which change the look of the game.[7]

The console and PC versions of the game adds four-player co-operative play and removes the free-to-play elements from the game. In the co-operative play mode players first select their character such as a robot, the chicken from Crossy Road, the regular Pac-Man and others. The goal is for every player to get as far as possible and contribute to the group score as much as possible. If a player dies a respawn power up appears and if collected brings back one player into play.[8]

The ghosts involved in gameplay are the traditional foursome of Blinky (red), Pinky (pink), Inky (cyan), and Clyde (orange); Sue (purple), Funky (green), and Spunky (gray); and a new ghost aptly named Glitchy that glitches like the game itself.[9][10]

Awards[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Award Category Result Ref.
The Game Awards 2015 Best Mobile/Handheld Game Nominated [11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matulef, Jeffery (May 24, 2016). "Pac-Man 256 is coming to consoles and PC in June". Eurogamer. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "Pac-Man 256 iOS Game Review". ifanzine.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Hamilton, Kirk. "Pac-Man 256 Is Endless Pac-Man With A Fun, Glitchy Twist". Kotaku. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Freemium Field Test: Just pay for Pac-Man 256's unlimited credits and get it over with". Macworld. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "'Pac-Man 256' Review - Teaching an Old Pac-Man New Tricks". TouchArcade. August 19, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Pac-Man 256' Gets New Themes and Structural Overhaul in 2.0 Update". TouchArcade. September 20, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "Pac-Man 256 Review -- Pac is Back". DualShockers. June 24, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Pac-Man 256 review: Team up with friends in this clever new Pac-Man for Xbox One and PC". Windows Central. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Arcade Maze, Fruits and Ghosts". Appgamer. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Pac-Man 256: Score 10,000 or more with these tips, tricks, and power chains". iMore. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "Nominees | The Game Awards 2015". The Game Awards. Ola Balola. November 12, 2015. Archived from the original on November 14, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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