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Pac-Man 256 Listed for PS4, Xbox One, PC Release

Crossy Road dev's riff on Pac-Man listed by Taiwanese rating board.


Pac-Man 256, an endless maze runner developed by Hipster Whale, has been rated for a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC release.

The game was originally released for iOS and Android devices in August 2015 but, according to a Taiwan Game Software Rating Regulations Board list--as spotted by Twitter user Lifelower--will be made available on more platforms.

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The game's name is based on an infamous glitch in the 256th level of the Pac-Man arcade game. During this stage the right hand side of the maze becomes a jumble of text and numbers.

In the mobile game this garbled text becomes a wave of death constantly bearing down on Pac-Man, who must navigate the maze to escape it while collecting pellets and avoiding ghosts.

"Playing Pac-Man in a seaside arcade in 1980 is one of my earliest memories," Hipster Whale director Matthew Hall said when it was first announced.

"It is an incredible honor to be able to contribute to one of the most iconic video game franchises in history. Our game, Pac-Man 256, takes the infamous ‘glitch’ level of Pac-Man and builds upon this to become a unique game that retains the retro spirit of the original."

The studio's other game, Crossy Road, is also a riff on a classic arcade game: Frogger. In it players must cross busy roads and streams, timing their movements to slip in between cars and across moving platforms.

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