Pac-Man 256 is an endless running video game co-developed by Hipster Whale and 3 Sprockets and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is part of the Pac-Man series and is inspired by the original Pac-Man game’s infamous Level 256 glitch. The game was originally released as a free-to-play title for iOS and Android on August 20, 2015. A port of the game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC by Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver, featuring additional features, was released on June 21, 2016.
Pac-Man 256 puts players in control of Pac-Man as he continues across an endless maze, collecting dots and power-ups while avoiding enemy ghosts. The game ends if Pac-Man comes into contact with a ghost or falls behind and is consumed by a chasing glitch at the bottom of the maze. By eating enough dots in a row, players will be awarded with a blast that clears all on-screen enemies. Along with power pellets, which enable Pac-Man to eat ghosts, Pac-Man can equip and obtain various power-ups such as lasers, tornadoes, and clones to attack the ghosts, as well as collect score-multiplying fruit. Additional power-ups are unlocked by collecting enough dots. Clearing certain missions unlock coins, also obtained either on the maze or by viewing sponsored videos, which can be used to upgrade power-ups.
We think this game is just as addictive as the original and looks fantastic on a large screen or played with friends – at the same time (yes 2p/3p/4p mode exists!!) – someone has kindly shared a download of the game (obviously if you like it we urge you to buy it!) as well as a theme created for Hyperspin.