Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The 12 Video Games of Christmas: Pac-Man for iPad.
Made by Namco and selling for $4.99 in the App Store, this round of Pac-Man is for the iPad only. It definitely feels like the arcade game, and has some good options for controlling our yellow hero. Using the virtual joystick feels a bit logey, but an option to move Pac around the maze by swiping your finger to make him turn feels surprisingly responsive. What's really neat, however, is the accelerometer control scheme, where you tilt the iPad to move the character, kind of rolling him around the maze like in a marble-roll game such as Labyrinth. It feels pretty cool and physical, although not particularly precise. All of these control methods come included with the free Lite version; if you want to really get the arcade controller experience by hooking the game up to the mini-arcade cabinet iCade, you'll need to pay for the full version of the app.
Another interesting addition to the formula is the ability to continue your game where you left off after losing your last man, by spending Namco coins, which, of course, you can purchase with real cash. This particular freemium endeavour is not so obnoxious as others you find in the app store, as you get an awful lot of the program in the free version.
Pac-Man for iPad can be gobbled up at the iTunes App Store. Bon appétit!