Pac-man is a popular Japanese video game series developed and distributed by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was originally invented by Toru Iwatani, but the property is now owned by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
A diverse range of other video game companies, including Midway Games, Atari, and Mass Media, Inc., has contributed to the competition’s entries. The eponymous first installment was launched in arcades in 1980 by Namco, and it was distributed by Midway Games in North America in the following year.
The majority of Pac-Man games are maze pursuit games, although the franchise has also ventured into other genres such as platformers, racing games, and sports games in the past.
There have been a number of games in the series produced for a variety of home systems, and they have been featured in a number of Namco video game collections.
What Is Pac-Man Museum+?
Pac-Man Museum Plus is a forthcoming compilation title that will include games from the Pac-Man series. It is a sequel to the 2014 compilation release Pac-Man Museum, which included games from the Pac-Man series.
The compilation is being created by Bandai Namco Entertainment, with a release date of May 2022 set for release.
This new collection, like the previous one, has fourteen games from the Pac-Man brand, spanning from arcade games to home console and portable releases. Pac-Man Museum+ also includes a bonus game.
Each game is shown in its original form, plus versions of the games that have had objectives added to them.
An arcade mode that may be customized allows the player to control Pac-Man and explore a virtual arcade environment.
It is possible to personalize the arcade with ornamental items that can be bought with coins gained by playing games and performing objectives.
Coins may be obtained by spending them on items in the arcade. Coins may also be used to purchase items from vending machines.
- Pac-Man (1980)
- Super Pac-Man (1982)
- Pac & Pal (1983)
- Pac-Land (1984)
- Pac-Mania (1987)
- Pac-Attack (1993)
- Pac-In-Time (1995)
- Pac-Man Arrangement (Arcade version as seen in Namco Classic Collection Vol. 2, labeled as Arcade Ver.; 1996)
- Pac-Man Arrangement (PSP version as seen on Namco Museum Battle Collection, labeled as CS Ver.; 2005)
- Pac-Man Championship Edition (2007)
- Pac-Motos (originally included in Namco Museum Remix; 2007)
- Pac ‘n Roll Remix (originally included in Namco Museum Remix; 2007)
- Pac-Man Battle Royale (2011)
- Pac-Man 256 (Console version, 2015, 2016)
Production And Release
Originally revealed on social media channels by Bandai Namco Entertainment on November 19, 2021, and scheduled for release in early 2022, Pac-Man Museum + has now been officially confirmed.
A Livestream exhibiting the first “hands-on” video of Pac-Man Museum + was announced on February 25, 2022, and it was aired on March 4, 2022, according to Famitsu magazine.
Through social media announcements on February 28, 2022, the game was given a release date of May 27, 2022, with the game scheduled to be included in the Xbox Game Pass on the day of its release.
Although the Pac-Man, Pac-Land, and Pac-Mania cabinets are all based on their Bally Midway and Atari machine equivalents, the designs of the other games are entirely new or tweaked versions of the original machines.
As far as we know, this is the first real Pac-Man collection to showcase artwork from the Bally Midway/Atari period.
A replica of the Bally Midway machine, as well as in-game artwork, was created for Super Pac-Man; however, the artwork for Pac-Man and the ghosts were adapted from contemporary advertising artwork.
Oddly enough, the Pac & Pal cabinet seems to be based on a bespoke, unauthorized machine that was built for a Funspot arcade competition in 2013; however, this might just be a coincidence.
It seems that all of the cabinets are based on the same basic model, which is often erroneous in comparison to the original designs of the machines.
Previously unreleased titles such as Pac ‘n Roll Remix and Pac-Motos are re-released for the first time on this collection.
As a result of this compilation, the two Pac-Man Arrangement games have been combined for the first time in a single collection for the first time. It is also the first time that the games have been labeled in order to distinguish between the two versions of the same game.
There are 18 Pac-Man sprites available on the Japanese Pac-Man Museum + website. Some of them, on the other hand, was not used in the trailers.
The “Pac-Mom” character seems to have made her debut in Museum+ since she is not a straight match for any other character from previous Pac-Man-related media.
It’s likely that she’s meant to be a female counterpart to Ms. Pac-Man, yet her look and name suggest she’s really Pac-Wife Masters from the original Pac ‘n Roll game.
The 2005 version of Pac-Man Arrangement does not include the two-player mode that was included in the original Namco Museum Battle Collection edition of the game in 1994.
Additionally, this was the situation with the Namco Museum Virtual Arcade, Pac-Man Remix, and the original Pac-Man Museum, all of which did not allow for the usage of two players.
It is speculated that the absence of multiplayer may be due to the continuing copyright concerns with Ms. Pac-Man, who was featured in the game and is now involved in legal battles with GCC and AtGames, according to some sources.
When the game was playable at Comic-Con, Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde toured the arcade as non-player characters (NPCs), and Blinky strolled the arcade alone on Famitsu’s stream.