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Quick & dirty with Meta: PAC-MAN 256

Game Review | July 14, 2016 10:10 pm
By Meta
PAC-MAN 256

Developed by Hipster Whale, published by Bandai Namco.
1-4 players offline. Released June 21st, 2016 for Xbox One.
Rated E for Everyone (except ShadowMachine)


This game is based off a famous bug in the original Pac-Man: when you got to level 256 of the maze, a glitch would occur that prevented further progress.

Now, in Pac-Man 256, you run an endless scrolling maze while the glitch chases you. There is a wide variety of power-ups but most of them are novelties of questionable usefulness. There are several types of ghosts, including groups that return from the Championship Edition DX games.

If you're a big Pac-Man fan and have people to play couch co-op with you may enjoy this, but for most people I would recommend the 360's Pac-Man CE DX instead.


I'm giving Pac-Man 256 a 6 out of 10 because even at $5 it is too expensive to have only 1 gameplay mode. The only things you can do besides running score attack endlessly are changing the visuals and spending earned credits on power-ups. I do like that you can set the graphics to "shuffle" so the visuals automagically change every time you play.

The game is worth 1000G and most of the Achievements are quick & easy except 2--one will require you to eat 16 ghosts in a single power pellet run, which takes a little skill and a lot of luck, and the other requires you to fully level up every power-up which will take a LONG time.

Rating: 6.0 of 10
Keywords: Mo the Surfer lost thousands in the 80's gambling on Pac-Man; Kat is not quick but she is dirty; Rambo Repo owes me $5

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nice review! I liked the game.
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I've been playing this on my Kindle for a while now. It is fun, but was free for Kindle. I'm a cheap bastard so paying $5 just because achievements were added is going to be difficult...... I might wait for a sale....
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Someone has Pac Man fever! I love the 256 angle, but not the execution.
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Great review - but I am not a Pac Man fan. This will not be part of my backlog.
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