Bandai Namaco half-bakes a cake to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its flagship arcade series.
Pac-Man first arrived in Japan on 22 May 1980. To celebrate, Bandai Namco is updating the mobile releases of Pac-Man and Pac-Man Lite with a new, classic-inspired user interface, which players can download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
“We are excited to bring a new, refreshing look for Pac-Man’s 35th birthday celebration,” said Ben Acevedo, Producer of Pac-Man mobile products. “This is an almost totally new Pac-Man. Everything has been redesigned to enhance the player’s experience. We have brought a pixel-to-pixel recreation of the classic game with the same difficulty, and we have also introduced new mazes and challenges. We are planning to continue to bring new elements to Pac-Man and evolve the franchise!”
Pac-Man’s official 35th birthday party will be held on May 22nd at Level 257, Namco’s restaurant and entertainment venue in Schaumburg, Ill., just outside of Chicago. The party will feature industry VIPs, including the lead creator of the original game, Professor Toru Iwatani; food and drinks; and special Pac-Man-themed games and events, including the presentation of the official 35th birthday cake.
The newly updated Pac-Man is currently available now on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A free trial version of the game is also available on the App Store.
Source: Bandai Namco PR
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