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Classic Pac-Man free for the first time in 33 years with Google Play Store game

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Classic Pac-Man free for the first time in 33 years with Google Play Store game
Classic Pac-Man is free from the Google Play Store

Classic Pac-Man is free from the Google Play Store

If you love the classic Pac-Man game, we are happy to (gobble, gobble) tell you that it is now free in the Google Play Store as part of a game called Pac-Man +Tournaments. Not only has Namco used the freemium approach to offering the game, it has made it an exclusive for the Google Play Store for now. Those who don't mind shelling out a little bit of money will be rewarded with weekly updates containing brand new mazes to play.

The Tournament part of the game offers great prizes for true Pac-Man fans like plush Pac-Man ghost toys. Can you name the ghosts in the game? They are Pinky, Inky, Blinky and Cyde. If you got it right, we're a little concerned about you. Anyway, in case you iOS users were getting a little green with envy, don't fear. There will be an iOS version of the app.

That does beg the question why Namco decided to go with Android first considering that for most developers it is the other way around. Namco explained the decision by noting that Android has the largest installed base today and that Pac-Man already has a presence in the Apple App Store. Namco thought that with this game it would be the perfect time for Pac-Man to make its debut on Android. And with the success of the freemium model, that is the direction that Namco wanted to go in.

"Android is the biggest OS in terms of installed base today. While PAC-MAN is already very present on iOS, it can benefit from a lot more visibility with Android users. Additionally, Google’s recent initiatives on games have really won us over, and it was a logical step for us to launch this new title first on Google Play."-James Kucera, Head of Mobile, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc

"PAC-MAN has adapted to over 30 years of video game platforms and trends. Free-to-Play is the dominating model today, especially on Android, and we need to stay ahead of that. The Tournaments mode, where players can enjoy playing the classic PAC-MAN with never-before-seen mazes, is a perfect fit for this micro-transaction ecosystem."-Alex Adjadj, Director of Global Strategy, Namco Bandai Games America

source: Pac-Man+Tournaments via Forbes

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posted on 25 Mar 2013, 03:07 6

1. khaledmhawesh (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Old games are simple but theyr really good

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 05:56 2

5. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Could be why I'm using emulators on my Xperia play.. haha

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 03:29 2

2. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


So we hv had two instances of games launched on android first .....is this indicating something???

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 03:58 4

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Ahhh....... pure classic game! I'm gonna download it!

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 05:13

4. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Who wants this bad game with poor graphics

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:40 2

7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6688; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Youre not a 80s kid. So dont troll on this classic game

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 10:53 3

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It should be illegal to say such a thing. Besides Atari, Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man are probably the most famous games in video game history.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:04

12. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Yes I also like this game.

My friend secretly posted the comment when I was away..
Sorry !

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 07:39 1

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6688; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Dowloaded just now after reading this

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:04 1

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Downloaded it.

Pac Man on a phone isn't the same as playing it on an Arcade machine, but definitely fun. :)

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 13:18 1

10. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Love Pac Man. Such an awesome game happy its launched on android.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 15:34

11. downphoenix (Posts: 2381; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


"Namco explained the decision by noting that Android has the largest installed base today"

Good to see a major game company recognizes this. Most of the others apparently are oblivious to Android. Also if you notice, games from Japanese developers have been getting more aggresively released on Android, probably has to do with the android install base in Japan vs iOS, its a bigger gap there than it is in America or the world average. Karoisoft games for instance have been getting a lot more support on Android than iOS lately (they make some of the best mobile games, simulation based ones, mix of free and cost).

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