While Pac-Man fever may have abated in the 80s, the dot-gobbler remains an icon of videogame history. Bandai Namco is putting out a new collection of Pac-Man games called Pac-Man Museum+, which lets you play as Pac-Man playing Pac-Land, Pac & Pal, Pac-Attack, and yes, Pac-Man itself. (Okay, let’s restate that with a smaller pac of tongue twisters.)
Pac-Man Museum+ is a collection of 14 Pac-Man games, ranging from the arcade original up through modern iterations like Pac-Man 256. The games are tied together with a meta progression system, where completing challenges earns you coins that you can either drop into arcade machines or spend on decorations for your arcade. You can then explore that arcade as Pac-Man.
It’s a fun gimmick, but the real attractions are the games themselves. You’ve got the original Pac-Man (of course), the side-scroller-before-Mario-made-it-cool Pac-Land, the excellent Pac-Man Championship Edition, and the surprisingly entertaining Crossy Road follow-up Pac-Man 256.