developer: Hipster Whale
publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Game mode: single player
Pac-Man 256 for PC, PS4 and etc. is an endless-runner arcade game based on the license of the Pac-Man series (35th anniversary of the franchise was celebrated in 2015). Bandai Namco hired an external developer to create the game, and that was the Hipster Whale studio, which is a team behind production of the popular Crossy Road. The game is a free-to-play title, though it uses microtransactions.
Pac-Man 256 is an endless-runner arcade game (a similar gameplay formula was applied in Crossy Road). The player assumes the role of the ever-hungry Pac-Man, who is constantly running from a deadly glitch that attacked them in the original game (1980) once the player managed to reach the titular level 256. This interesting idea aimed to draw the players' attention to the franchise's rich history.
In Pac-Man 256 for PC, PS4 and etc., the player explores an endless maze and their goal is to score as many points as possible - this is achieved through eating yellow dots here. In order to provide enough challenge, the creators made the glitch chase the player, as well as included Pac-Man's old adversaries in the game - ghosts of different colors. Fortunately, power-balls appear on the map once in a while and these turn the protagonist into a fearless eating-machine. When exploring the maze, the player also stumbles on other power-ups and fruit that grant large numbers of points.
Similar to Hipster Whale's previous game, Pac-Man 256 features massive numbers of bonuses which can be unlocked. It is also worth noticing the visuals inspired by the original game, which came out 35 years earlier. Obviously, Pac-Man 256 is played from an isometric view.
PC / Windows
- Intel Core i3 2.93 GHz
- 1 GB RAM
- graphic card 512 MB GeForce 8800/Radeon HD 3570 or better
- 100 MB HDD
- Windows XP
- Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz
- 2 GB RAM
- graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 560 or better
- 100 MB HDD
- Windows 7