According to Bandai Namco, “Pac-Man Championship Edtion DX” will be released on iOS devices. The bad news, though, is that the iOS version, while free to play, uses wait timers and microtransactions. Which, honestly, for me and for many other gamers is the feature that ruins most handheld games. I’m not sure, but I think this trend started off on Facebook. The system is easy to comprehend. You play a game, you lose your designated lives (usually five) and you have to wait up to 30 minutes for one life to recharge. Or you can pay the developer real money in exchange for more lives or items that allow you to progress much easier. It is not yet clear how these features will be integrated in “Pac-Man Championship Edition DX”, but we will see once the game comes out.
“Pac-Man Championship Edition DX” was released by Bandai on November 17, 2010 on Xbox Live, on November 23, 2010 on PlayStation Network, and on May 3, 2011 for Windows Phone devices. Eventually, in September 2013, the game was also released on Steam, for PC gamers. The new Pacman has gameplay similar to the original Pac-Man Championship Edtion. Players assume the role of Pac-Man who has to travel through a maze, collect dots and avoid ghosts. That pretty much nails it. However, Bandai added several new features that differentiate this gmae from classic Pac-Man. Collecting all the dots on one size trigger the appearance of a fruit ont the other side. In addition to this, a new type of ghosts was added: a ghost that’s initially sleeping. Once you wake one up, it will also get the other sleeping ghosts to follow you.
There are three gameplay modes for “Pac-Man Championship Edition”. The first one is named “Score attack”, and it’s self-explanatory. You have to try and get the highest score between five and ten minutes. The second mode, Time Attack, consists of several short trials and a long trial, in which players have to collect a certain amound of fruit as quickly as possible. Last but not least, there’s the Ghost Combo, in which the point is to stay powered up and eat as many ghosts as possible. The game will contain five courses, including the original maze from “Pac-Man Champion’s Edition”. Players are given a ranking for each game mode, per course, based on their position in the leaderboards.