Pac-Man Chomps His Way Onto Amazon Alexa With Pac-Man Stories

Pac-Man's latest adventure is a lot more mellow than usual. 

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I'm a sucker for everything related to Pac-Man, especially playing it. I bought Pac-Pix back on Nintendo DS because my habit of dooding Pac-Man on everything was like my calling card in high school. That game let me bring the doodles to life, and I had a blast. So when I heard that a new Amazon Alexa skill was releasing today for free, I had to give it a try.

Except it's nothing like the Pac-Man you know and love. You won't be navigating a maze while being chased by colorful ghosts and chomping Power Pellets, but you will be making your way through a fun little audio adventure, which at the end of a hard day, that's what I really want. I'm thrilled with the production values and gentle nature of Pac-Man Stories, and I hope there are several more in the works.

The first tale released for the app is "Pac-Man and the Ghastly Garbage," which sounded interesting enough. My story began with a brief bit of exploration of the Pac-Man Planet. I walked along a path on the way to meet up with my “friend” Pac-Man, and ended up being confronted with piles and piles of garbage. I eventually found a fork sticking in the ground, and a sign near it. I chose to head right toward a mysterious maze, despite cries of help coming from the left side. I also picked up the fork. I made my way through a fun little adventure rife with paths pulled straight out of a Pac-Man-themed choose your own adventure book, and I found it to be a relaxing activity that wasn't hard to follow, nor overtly childish.

If you've got an Alexa device and you want to give it a go, you can download the app right now and give it a whirl. Let me know what you think, especially if you're a parent playing with the kids. This would make a great introduction to the iconic character. 

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Fueled by horror, rainbow-sugar-pixel-rushes, and video games, Brittany is a Senior Editor at Shacknews who thrives on surrealism and ultraviolence. Follow her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake and check out her portfolio for more. Like a fabulous shooter once said, get psyched!

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