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Parents' Guide to

Pac-Man 256

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Unique, entertaining twist on classic arcade game.

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Inspired by a bug in the original game, this new version of the arcade classic has our circular hero running around a maze in hopes of eating all the dots while avoiding a glitch in the system that will kill him. As you move upward, you'll also run across fruits that will multiply your score, power-ups that include a laser that destroys any enemies in your line of sight, and the classic power-up that turns the ghosts dark blue and edible -- but, unlike in the original game, you don't just have to contend with four ghosts who are constantly running around. There are many more, and some will actually stand still, blocking your path. This also doesn't have a single maze that resets after you've eaten all the dots. Instead, it's an endless maze that constantly adds new passages as you head up and away from the deadly glitch. All of which adds up to a rather addictive and unique take on this still-fun arcade classic -- one that may confuse young fans who know Pac-Man as a cartoon hero but will engage anyone who remember him as an arcade icon.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4 , Windows , Xbox One
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco
  • Release date: June 29, 2016
  • Genre: Arcade
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: November 23, 2019

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