Pacman Championship Edition DX+ available on Steam September 25!

Posted: 2013/08/12 in Arcade room, Modern gaming, Retrogaming
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When originally released to the Arcade, Pac-Man was a blast. Quarters after quarters, players enjoyed playing it. It was simple enough for the first game to be fun, but its ever evolving difficulty made that gameplay never got boring. Every quarters a player would put in the machine was rewarding. At least, to 1980’s arcade gamers.

Original Pac-Man arcade cabinet picture courtesy of arcade-museum.com

Install a Pacman arcade cabinet and let people play. Either they never played the game and will have a few minutes of fun, then want to pass to the next title; either they played it on arcade or early game console and play on nostalgia for a few games before passing to something else. Gameplay is just too slow compared to modern video games. People got better at playing games and want more excitement.

It IS a good game that is still playable today, but doesn’t compare very well with modern titles. That’s until they created Pac-Man Championship Edition, in 2007. Pac-Man Championship Edition was made by the same Tōru Iwatani that created the original Pac-Man. It was a modernized look to the classic title. It was made available on XBLA, PSN, 3DS, Android, iOS, and other cellphones. Then came the Namco Generations brand – likely triggered by the success of Pac-Man C.E. – where Namco started to modernize their classic games and have them downloadable on XBLA & PSN. The first Namco Generations title was Pac-Man Championship Edition DX and had more gameplay features than the original Pac-Man C.E.

Sadly, Namco Generations as a brand was cancelled after only 2 titles: Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (november 2010) & Galaga Legions DX (August 2011).

What’s new with Pac-Man Championship Edition?

It is still Pac-Man that we know – the yellow round man eating pellets trough a maze and being chased by ghosts.

But now there’s more ghosts, the pellets increase ghost points and super-pac duration so Pac-Man can eat up quite a lot of ghosts in a single shot for spectacular results (and scores.)
The game speed increase during a level, making Pac-Man a fast-paced arcade game. The levels are divided in two: accomplishing something in half 1 grants bonus in half 2.

There are more modes to Pac-Man C.E. than the classic Pac-Man. The addition of challenges changes how the game is played quite a lot.

Pac-Man C.E. DX is a refreshing look on a very good classic.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX image courtesy of pacman.com

What’s with the “+” in DX+?

At E3 this year, Namco Bandai announced there would be a free + update of Pac-Man C.E. DX that would fix leaderboards, include new modes and add DLC capability. That is great news in itself, but the best news that came out of that was the announcement of Pac-Man C.E. DX+ for Steam!

Well, that wasn’t rumors or misunderstanding from the gaming press: the title is currently in pre-purchase on Steam at $9.99

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ pre-purchase on steam

That might just prove to be the most durable Pac-Man C.E. to add to a game collection: on Steam, it should never become obsolete.

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