Pac-Man Battle Royale

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Pac-Man Battle Royale
Developer(s) Namco Bandai Games
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Director(s) Kunito Komori
Series Pac-Man
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) January 21, 2011
Genre(s) Arcade,
Maze chase
Arcade system Namco System 147

Pac-Man Battle Royale is the 17th arcade game in Pac-Man's series (11th official). It is made as part of Pac-Man's 30th Anniversary[1] and developed by Namco Bandai Games. It was first released for the arcade in January 2011 and later ported to Pac-Man Museum for a digital release (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC) in 2014.

First appearances[edit]

Battle Royale was first displayed in the United States in a playable state at the 2010 Amusement Expo show in Las Vegas.[2][3] in March 2010. It was then seen again at an after-party event during E3, where Namco America brought four cabinets for attendees to play.[4][5] Namco also took the unusual step of throwing a party prior to the launch of the game at the Whiskey River Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin.[6] It was not seen in Japan until September 2010 at the Amusement Machine Show,[7] which is opposite of most major Namco arcade releases where they are shown off in Japan first and are later brought to the US.

Gameplay[edit]

Battle Royale features a one to four-player mode, with the Pac-Man character available in four different colours. In single player mode, a CPU controlled Pac-Man will attempt to eat the player. The game can be set anywhere from three to nine rounds and, in each round, the players must eat the other Pac-Man players on the board (or allow them to be defeated by the ghosts) to advance. The game shares similar graphics layout to that of Pac-Man Championship Edition.

If all players ate all of the dots and power pellets in the playing field, they will be provided with new ones.

If a player eats the item on one of the sides of the cage of the monsters, all remaining dots and power pellets in the playing field will be replaced.

When equal-strength Pac-Man players meet, both are knocked back and become helpless for a split-second except when both turned blue.

When a Pac-Man player turns blue, it includes outline and its color is the same before it turned blue in order to distinguish it from other Pac-Man players that turned blue also.

If one Pac-Man player remains in one round, that is the winner for that round and it will proceed to the next round except final round.

Pac-Man players turned blue cannot eat monsters turned blue and other Pac-Man players that turned blue also.

Maximum playing time in a round is 2 minutes. If 10 seconds remain, it is displayed on top of the cage of the monsters.

Release[edit]

While the game was reported for a release in September 2010,[8] it was delayed for unknown reasons until late November 2010. NAMCO America, Inc. officially announced the release of Pac-Man Battle Royale on January 21, 2011.[9]

Unique to Namco's other modern arcade releases, the company created a Facebook page to promote the game, which registered locations where players could find the game.[10]

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