Pac-Man 256 from Crossy Road creator gobbles up mazes on iOS and Android today

This is the day that Pac-Man muches dots as he normally does, but this time, he's doing it to save his own existence in this free-to-play effort from Bandai Namco and Hipster Whale, the developer behind the iOS hit Crossy Road

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The legend of Pac-Man's 256th level is well-known. That's as far as the original arcade game will go, since the old-school arcade glitch will kick in and not allow the player to proceed any further. It's signaled by the screen being garbled by visual programming glitches. Now those glitches have become a single entity and Pac-Man must run for dear life.

Pac-Man 256 sees Pac-Man munching dots across an endless maze, but behind him, the powerful 256 glitch is in pursuit. It consumes all it touches, so if it catches him, it's Game Over. Along the way, players must continue to elude ghosts, as usual, while also collecting bonus fruit and coins.

Pac-Man 256 is available now as a free-to-play game on the App Store and Google Play store.

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      August 19, 2015 10:15 AM

      This kinda looks cool...

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      August 19, 2015 10:24 AM

      oh shit.

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      August 19, 2015 11:46 AM

      Do you pay for anything? If you do, its a fail. Just charge a fee and call it a day.

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        August 19, 2015 11:51 AM

        I've only had time to play a few rounds, but it looks like you do get a limited number of free games a day.

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          August 19, 2015 11:53 AM

          Aww they should have just stuck with the crossy road formula

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            August 19, 2015 11:58 AM

            at least its a one time purchase of $8 instead of $1 per 5 lives like candy crush

            think of it as a $8 game but free to try out

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              August 19, 2015 1:15 PM

              Wait, Candy Crush costs money to play now?

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                August 19, 2015 3:13 PM

                I've never played, but stories I've read are that later levels are nearly, if not outright impossible without some purchased powerups.

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                  August 19, 2015 3:14 PM

                  Interesting. I I think I stopped around level 98, but I never paid anything.

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            August 19, 2015 6:56 PM

            Hard to replace Pac-Man with over 100 different characters.

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              August 20, 2015 12:34 AM

              It really isn't. You just make a character with the same dimensions. It's not like pac-man's shape is integral to the gameplay, it could be just about anything gobbling up dots.

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          August 19, 2015 2:24 PM

          You have unlimited games in 'Free Play' mode (which incidentally, is my favorite mode for its simplicity)

          The credits are for the mode which has powerups and stuff.

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      August 19, 2015 11:51 AM

      When will there be a pain, no nonsense, no ads, no nothing, arcade perfect version of the original and ms?

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        August 19, 2015 6:55 PM

        On iOS? The games are already there, what's the problem with them?

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          August 19, 2015 7:17 PM

          On android at least the pac man game has a lot of extra junk

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      August 19, 2015 1:36 PM

      must have just released it because it has 5 total downloads on play store at the moment

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        August 19, 2015 2:30 PM

        yah looks like a fresh release... had only 2 reviews on the Apple Store when I looked at it earlier today.

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        August 19, 2015 2:59 PM

        yeah, it'll pick up for sure, even though i figure it won't be as popular as crossy road

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      August 19, 2015 2:25 PM

      Love new takes on Pac Man. This one is really good.

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      August 19, 2015 6:06 PM

      I kind of want this on Windows 10, is that gonna happen? Crossy road plays a lot better with a gamepad.

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      August 19, 2015 7:25 PM

      Does it have unlocks like Crossy Road?

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      August 19, 2015 9:52 PM

      What are the coins for? I can't find a place to spend them.

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      August 20, 2015 4:18 AM

      Wait so it's just one big level you keep playing till you die? Boring.