London, UK– World-famous gaming icon and scourge of ghosts everywhere, PAC-MAN™ today returns to the mobile in an exciting, multi-player format thanks to Namco Bandai Networks Europe, a leading publisher of mobile games. Optimised for a new generation of handsets to provide a superb gameplay experience, mobile users will, for the first time ever, be able to wirelessly challenge up to three of their friends in a re-mastered version of the arcade classic. Players will also be able to compare their abilities with other fans across Europe thanks to an online PAC-MAN™ hi-score ranking system, also launched today.
Using Bluetooth-enabled handsets to simultaneously connect up to four players, friends will be able to challenge each other directly as they take turns to play the role of PAC-MAN™ himself or one of the ghosts chasing him. When playing as PAC-MAN™, mobile users will have to tackle a‘fog of war’, limiting their vision of the entire maze as they manoeuvre around a choice of four mazes and avoid their friends as the roaming enemy ghosts.
Mobile gamers who prefer to go it alone will also be able to enjoy this faithful reproduction of the original PAC-MAN™ game, which continues to capture the public imagination almost thirty years following its arcade debut in 1980. As an important consideration for those gaming on the move PAC-MAN for mobile also features pause and resume functions, allowing gamers to exit PAC-MAN™ mid-game and resume play from the same point hours or days later making the experience much more flexible while pursuing the ultimate score. One of the most popular titles for mobile, PAC-MAN™ has maintained its consistent position within the top ten highest selling mobile games for the past five years selling millions of copies around the world.
With 256 levels, mobile users will have to guide PAC-MAN™ through many taxing mazes to eat all the dots and Power Pellets in order to improve their rank in the online PAC-MAN™ league. Competitive types will be able to upload their highest single player scores and review their individual rankings both on their mobile1 and at www.namcomobile.com/PAC-MAN where they can compare their skills with the best in Europe.
Barry O’Neill, President of Namco Bandai Networks Europe, commented,“PAC-MAN is still arguably the most popular computer game character of all time. It is immensely exciting for Namco Bandai to launch this re-mastered version with multiplayer functionality and online rankings. We want consumers to see how great PAC-MAN looks nearly 30 years after he first appeared; this update of the classic adds a fantastic new social element to an already great game and we think the total package will be of huge appeal to gaming veterans and newcomers alike.”
The new game is available immediately across all major UK operators.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
1 Standard network charges apply. Upload and download feature from mobile is dependent on mobile operator and handset used.
About Namco Bandai Networks Europe
Namco Bandai Networks Europe is a leading publisher of wireless games and content for mobile, offering a wide selection of titles to consumers which includes all-time classic games such as PAC-MAN, Galaga™ and Galaxians™, as well as contemporary titles such as Ridge Racer™, Time Crisis™, and the best-selling Brain Coach with Dr. Kawashima™. Namco Bandai Networks Europe provides mobile phone content to all major carriers in Europe, including Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Telefónica Móviles, Bouygues Telecom, KPN Mobile, ePlus, Cosmote and Wind.
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