Hipster Whale/Bandai Namco
Look. If you had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you
ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it, or just let it
Whatís the worldís most famous cheese wheel got to do
with Eminem? Erm, nothing that we can think of. But this new
adventure for the pill-popping arcade veteran does only give you one
shot at everything before BAWOOOOOO-WUP-WUP, game over.
a clever little thing too, based heavily on Hipster Whaleís
Frogger remix Crossy Road, but working a treat with
Monsieur Pac. You start out with a traditionally styled Pac-maze,
except itís been turned all isometrical. Oh, and the mazes arenít
contained within one screen, for theyíve gone all procedurally
generated endless runner on our arses.
Donít think that you
can faff around though, for that 256 in the title? It
refers to the infamous glitch that only Pac-immortals ever
encountered in the originator, whereby after level 256 the screen
went glitch crazy. Itís back, and chasing you up the screen. If it
catches you, please refer to that bit about BAWOOOOOO-WUP-WUP.
The classic ghosts return, but with different behaviour patterns
to keep you on your toes. Still, beyond basic ghosts-go-Smurftastic
power pellets, you have an embiggened arsenal of weapons from which
you can enable three at any one time. These boast everything from
ginormous, all-eating Pac-men to whirlwinds, fire trails and rather
cool fricking laser beams. These and more are gradually unlocked the
more dots that you gobble.
Also, four player couch co-op.
Perfect for quick play bursts, games may last anything
from seconds to, well, a few minutes if you rock Ė and sometimes
luck out with a friendlier pattern than some which just doom you
from the very start. Pac-Man 256 is a great angle on a
genuine classic, and seriously 10 times more addictive than swank.
Itís Pac-tastic... yo!