Pac-Man is one of gaming’s most iconic characters – loved by fans young and old for his pick-up-and-play arcade action.
Galaga, likewise, is a top-down Space Invaders-style space shooter heralded by retro gamers. Both games first appeared in coin-operated arcade machines that amassed a following of loyal gamers around the early ‘80s.
Today they’re available on a variety of platforms, and the browser-based versions have probably been responsible for many a worker’s wasted hour.
Following the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, Namco Bandai has revamped the games in a new SKU exclusive to the handheld console. The result is a six-game collection of both new and old Pac-Man and Galaga titles.
Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions includes two brand new titles created specially for the 3DS that take advantage of the device’s tilt sensor – platformer Pac-Man Tilt and first person on-rails shooter Galaga 3D Impact. In these titles, gamers move the console around to progress, as opposed to just pressing buttons.
Then there’s the Xbox Live hits Pac-Man Championship Edition and Galaga Legions, which are revised versions of the arcade classics. Both boast improved visuals for the 3DS.
Of course, the original 1980 version of Pac-Man and 1981’s Galaga are also included on the 3DS cartridge. Ask any retro fan and they’ll tell you both games still hold up today, with Pac-Man’s classic collect-and-chase gameplay and Galaga’s shooter action still fun.
Old and new collide
3DS exclusive Pac-Man Tilt requires gamers to move their 3DS around to guide Pac-Man to the finish line by tilting the world around him. Players can make him gain speed by rolling down hills like a ball and tilting the device to squeeze him into narrow gaps.
The use of pinball-style flippers also allow users to launch Pac-Man through the air to new areas, while collecting his traditional pellets.
In Galaga 3D Impact, users also move the 3DS around, but this time to aim their gun. Players must traverse through space and shoot down aliens to progress, while keeping an eye on their shield bar. It’s a colourful and welcome homage to the original Galaga, and promises gamers with an all-new experience.
Fans of Namco Bandai, Pac-Man, Galaga and retro gaming in general will be interested in this release, as well as Nintendo 3DS owners who are looking for a new collection of casual games.
Happy 31st Pac-Man
Pac-Man turns 31 years old this month. Google celebrated his 30th birthday last year with a homepage game. The image above from the 3DS game shows how well the yellow gobbler has aged.
A look back at the originals
Pac-Man (above left) and Galaga (above right) made their mark in the early ‘80s. In Pac-Man, players must collect dots while avoiding ghosts, and in Galaga they must shoot down waves of aliens.