Pac-Man 256 Review – Matthew Cawley

Pac is back, the award winning mobile gaming hit is now available on your favourite console. Inspired by the 256 glitch, Pac-man was designed to have no ending, as long as one life was left, the game should be able to go on indefinitely. But when the fruit counter overflows to zero , the first decrement sets the fruit counter back to 255, this ultimately corrupts the bottom of the screen and the entire right half of the maze with random symbols and tiles, making the game unplayable.

Capitalizing on this famous glitch in 256, makes it part of the fun, you are back in control as Pac-Man collecting pellets and power ups on the way, whilst avoiding ghosts and beating the 256 glitch which chases you up the maze as you continue upwards. By eating enough dots in a row, Pac will blast all the onscreen enemies, allowing you to continue up the maze without those pesky ghosts for a short period of time.

The game’s main mode allows you equip three power ups, when Pac eats a power up on the maze one of the three will activate, making Pac invincible in several different ways. The laser gun allows Pac to shoot ghosts up and across the maze in a straight line obliterating them into smithereens; one power up enlarges Pac to giant mode squashing anything in his way or choose to blow up your enemies by touching them in bomb mode. Of course you can still collect pellets and eat the ghosts the old fashioned way, but where is the fun in that?

Instead of the 2D map you are typically used to, Pac–Man is now 3D. Don’t expect to achieve the same sort of mastery from the classic game, as there are no levels, just one endless maze with objectives, it’s a leader board chase, where you try to beat your high score and high scores of others. What makes this really fun, is having 4 people play at once, I just wish you could each other.


Pac-Man 256

This was a huge success as mobile game, it’s a great game to pass the time whilst on public transport or simply waiting for your wife to do her makeup, however translating this to a console doesn’t quite work, of course it’s a great party game, but playing it single player mode on the PS4 or XBONE, knowing what other games you could be playing if you have actually taken the time to power on your console makes it less inviting.

Overall Pac-Man 256 brings back the charm and passion of the retro gaming hit and puts a new spin on things, jazzing it up to today’s standards and expectations, a fantastic multiplayer experience awaits you on the console format of the game, I cant see this getting much attention in single player mode however, for the cost of a McDonald’s Cheeseburger meal, a princely sum of $5, you really cant go wrong.

Pac-man 256 is available now on the Xbox & PS stores. Ask yourself one question? Can you beat the 256?