E3: A triple dose of Pac-Man

Of the 11 games mentioned in Namco-Bandai’s press release, three of them star Pac-Man. That’s a resounding 36%, unless our calculator is borked.

Let’s take a look at what the yellow fellow is getting up to.


We enjoyed the Pac-Man World games, so we’re rather intrigued by 3D platformer Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. We do worry though that it may be a little on the simplistic side – it’s going to be released to tie-in with the animated series that’s due to air on Disney XD later this year.

Power-ups will play a big part – Pac-Man can acquire new skills, including a chameleon suit to get around the futuristic looking levels unnoticed. It’s due out on PS3, 360, PC and Wii U, with the 3DS getting its own version – a 2D platformer.

Word has it that in the US it’ll retail for less-than-full-price. We can’t find any UK retailers offering it to pre-order yet, but we’d wager that it’ll be released at around £29.99.


We do know how much Pac-Man CE DX Plus costs though – precisely nothing. It’s a free title update for the very well received 2010 download complete with improved leaderboards, new achievements/medals and access to new DLC mazes includes some inspired by Dig-Dug and Rally X.

Usually free DLC doesn’t include ‘proper’ achievements, so expect them to be in-game only. The update launches this summer for the XBLA, PSN, Steam and Windows 8 versions.


Then we’ve got Pac-Man Museum. The fact that this collection contains Battle Royale caused a stir in the retro community – this’ll be the first time the four-player arcade game has seen a home release. We’ve not played it for ourselves, but apparently it’s a bit of a gem.

The collection is intended to let you play through the evolution of the Pac-Man series, but whether this’ll include the much loved Pac-Land and Pac-Man Versus is unclear as a full list of titles hasn’t been given. Hopefully Namco-Bandai will give us a heads up before its winter release. Formats for this one? PSN, XBLA, PC, 3DS and Wii U.

Pac is officially back, man.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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  • Think your fingers are probably borked rather than your calculator, Matt. 3/11 is 27%; 4/11 is 36%.

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