PAC-MAN 256 is an endless runner from the guys that brought you Crossy Road, available now


PACMAN 256 title

Fresh out the Google Play Store, Bandai Namco and Hipster Whale — the folks that brought your Crossy Road — have finally released their latest creation to the Google Play Store: PAC-MAN 256. We told you guys about the game back in May when the trailer was first uploaded to the YouTubes.

The game joins one of the many found on Google Play, only this time we’re looking at a Pac-Man title loosely based on the infamous level 256 glitch. Combined with the tried and true gameplay of an endless runner and you have the recipe for success. The end result is a free-to-play title that hopes placing players on time-outs will nudge them into reaching for their wallets for more credits.

PAC-MAN 256 level 1

PAC-MAN 256 starts you out with 6 credits you can only use to continue when hitting a ghost (but not when the 256 glitch — hit that and you’ll have to start over). You gain a single credit every 10 minutes, so play too frequently and you’ll need to either cool off or purchase additional credits, 12 credits for $.99 or unlimited for $7.06. Don’t let that scare you away, there’s always “free play” which doesn’t use any credits, but you’ll lose out on some fancy new power-ups found in the game.

Power-ups are unlocked by consuming dots, and equipping on the character where they’ll appear at random inside the game. These power-ups can further upgraded using coins, which are a bit harder to come by. Of course, those can also be purchased by using a “Coin doubler” for $4.39, or by watching game trailers (ads).

None of the in-app purchases are too bad, and you never really feel like they’re shoving anything down your throat. Our favorite part about the game is that it can be played in both landscape and portrait mode, with an option to lower the frame rate for added battery savings. You can give PAC-MAN 256 a spin for yourself using the link below.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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