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

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


source: Pac-Man+Tournaments via Forbes

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12 Comments

1. khaledmhawesh

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Old games are simple but theyr really good

5. jsdechavez

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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

2. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

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

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

4. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Who wants this bad game with poor graphics

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

12. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Yes I also like this game. My friend secretly posted the comment when I was away.. Sorry !

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Dowloaded just now after reading this

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

10. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

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

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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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