Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How did I miss this one? (Pac-Man Battle Royale edition)

Did you know that Namco Bandai is working on a new Pac-Man arcade game? I sure didn't. I guess I should check out arcadeheroes.com--the site that broke the news late last month--more often.

Anyway, the four-player title enjoyed its first public outing at the recent Amusement Expo. Here's what it looks like in action:

Don't you just love that cocktail cabinet? As for the game itself, I think the graphics look good (they wisely ape those seen in the amazing Pac-Man Championship Edition) but I'm not so sure about the gameplay--especially since the eating of dots and ghosts on each board seems to be a secondary goal at this point. Hopefully those elements will play a more integral role in the game when it's released in September.

I have to imagine the folks at Namco Bandai will bring Pac-Man Battle Royale to one or more of the current console download services sooner or later, though they have yet to suggest (let alone announce) it.


Viewtiful_Justin said...

Huh. It looks a little madcap and unfocused. I'd like to try it.

Bryan Ochalla said...

RE: the unfocused bit -- I'm guessing (hoping) the folks at Namco Bandai make some changes to the game between now and its release. Even if they don't, I have to imagine it'll be a fun way to spend a few quarters :)