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Pac-Man 256

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PAC-MAN 256 is the maze that never ends. But the Glitch is coming for you… - Challenge your friends with local co-op multiplayer mode, up to 4 players - Waka waka on PAC-DOTS and stay ahead of the super-villain: The Glitch - Take on a new gang of revived retro-ghosts including Sue, Funky, and Spunky - Outsmart them with over 20 ridiculous power ups: Laser, Tornado, Giant and much more - Spice up your game with 10 different themes Cherries are red Ghosts are blue Munch a power pellet Get Lasers too!
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

In Pac-Man 256 you find yourself in an infinite maze with the pressure of a glitch in the matrix that destroys everything,
it won't make much difference whether our yellow pill taker takes a red or a blue pill, as long as it's in the direction away from the glitch all is safe and sound.
It is also possible to play locally with a friend and see who can get the furthest.
You can check out Pac-Man 256 gameplay here:
The game also has good support for ultra-wide resolutions although I don't think it brings much of an advantage to the gameplay of this game,
you can see an example of gameplay at 3840*1080 resolution here:

Review from Steam

100%'d the game in 23.7 hours, pretty dang fun if I do say so myself. Such a casual arcade game where the Pac-Man maze is infinite and the power-ups make the Pac-Man game concept spicier and more enjoyable to play. Literally lazering and blowing up ghosts out of existence, like bro that's what I've wanted to do to those things since I was a child playing the original Pac-Man in IRL arcades. And the multiplayer co-op can help build teamwork and it's a good thing friendly fire isn't on lol.
Even if you've never played Pac-Man as a kid, I'm sure you'd find this fun too. :)

Review from Steam

This game is insanely fun and doesn't even cost that much! I initially bought it to add to my list of games to play with friends, but enjoyed it so much that I have been playing solo. Here are my thoughts, but in general if you like PAC-MAN conceptually, but wish it wasn't the same thing over and over, then this is for you.
What it does well:
- Procedurally generated and therefore has tons of replayability.
- The ghosts have fixed predictable behaviour (depending on the colour), so deaths never feel unfair as it is up to the player to plan their route
- There are missions that appear in single player, and reward you with coins that let you upgrade power ups
- Although there are a lot of power ups you pick three that you like and then they are the only power ups that will spawn alongside the power pellet, giving you a bit more control over the outcome
- It has local co-op, which is the best kind!
Neutral:
- Missions sometimes require you to use specific power ups, which can be annoying once you have found your optimised combination, but it can also help you find a new way of appreciating that power up
- You can upgrade power ups to make them stronger, but this is very slow and can leave you feeling cheated that you died because your power up didn't have that +1s added to your duration
Criticisms:
- Once you get your first 256 chain you quickly realise that optimising power ups that help maintain a chain are best, thus limiting playstyle
- Some power ups are niche, objectively worse than others, or are direct upgrades of previous ones. The latter raises the question why it wasn't just setup so that a power up at max level gets a bonus, instead of showing a lack of creativity by reusing the same power up with an upgrade. It also makes you feel annoyed if you invested a lot into a power up only to discover there is a better version later.
- if you stop munching for 1 square then you lose your chain. This can be frustrating as there are often random gaps with no dots, coins or power ups in them, forcing you to break your chain
Overall:
9/10. The negative aspects can be attributed to the fact that this game was a smartphone port and thus the lazier aspects come from that sort of genre. It is still a fantastic game and those downsides aren't enough to hinder the fun.
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On the topic of repeat power ups, an argument could be made that it allows you to take two versions of the same power up, one being a lesser version, but that's quite a stretch, considering other power up evolutions will do a much better job.

Review from Steam

Works great on the Steam Deck!
Cool game tailored more for portable play so perfect Companion for the deck

Review from Steam

The goal i'ts getting the max points as possible and survive the max time as possible
You know the regular PAC-MAN game ,but in a straight line if you don't keep behind you will lose
nothing to dramastic to say about it
have some power ups you can upgrade than to get even more time left to use it like freeze , lazer ...

Review from Steam

Best Pacman game bar none, cheap quick fun that brings you back over and over

Review from Steam

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