Pac-Man Remix screen

Namco Networks has just announced that it has submitted Pac-Man Remix, a modern take on its 1980 arcade classic, to the App Store.

Based on the world-famous arcade hit, PAC-MAN REMIX showcases enhanced graphics and lots of new exclusive features like boss battles, stage-specific gadgets, and power-up items! Guide PAC-MAN through the maze and avoid the brightly colored ghosts while chomping up all the dots. Eat a power pellet to temporarily turn the tables on the ghosts. Gobble up as many ghosts as possible while they are blue. Chomp the ghosts consecutively during one power pellet to score major bonus points!

The game holds onto the core Pac-Man game mechanic, but expands greatly upon it, both as far as visual presentation and gameplay are concerned.  Pac-Man Remix is played across six different stages (with five levels each) and features various power-ups that can be acquired to help beat those familiar ghosts and their six new boss ghost friends.  These include:

  • Jump -- jump over ghosts or walls
  • Dash -- move faster
  • Lucky Item -- all the pellets turn into Power Pellets
  • Ninja Item -- Trick the ghosts with an illusion of Pac-Man

Pac-Man RemixTwo methods of control are offered in the game: on-screen directional buttons and swipe controls, like those used in Namco's iPhone version of classic Pac-Man.

The game appears to be an evolved / extended adaptation of the studio's well-reviewed 1996 release, Pac-Man Arrangement, which is an excellent remake I've spent considerable time with on the Gameboy Advance.  If Remix is anywhere near as good as Arrangement -- which it should certainly be -- then iPhone gamers are in for quite a treat.

Pac-Man Remix has been submitted to the App Store and should appear later this week at a price of $5.99.

Namco also took this opportunity to announce the launch of a new division within the company, dedicated exclusively to the iPhone and iPod touch.  The new 'Apple Games' division is headed up by former I-Play Mobile Gaming producer and designer Jonathan Kromrey.  And while the announcement of Pac-Man Remix brings a smile to my face, the creation of the new division within Namco focused entirely on iPhone gaming, and the studio's commitment to the platform that such a move reveals, is a much more significant turn of events.

We can't wait to see what the studio has in store.

  • nsolo1717

    honestly , i would have much rather preferred Pacman Championship Edition ala xbla....i prolly would pay $10-$15 for it too......as for this , i'm not too sure.....maybe

    • Ape lover

      anything original. but no, Namco just recycle their catalog on every platform for the last 18 years.

  • nsolo1717

    honestly , i would have much rather preferred Pacman Championship Edition ala xbla....i prolly would pay $10-$15 for it too......as for this , i'm not too sure.....maybe

    • Ape lover

      anything original. but no, Namco just recycle their catalog on every platform for the last 18 years.

  • EightFlyingCars

    All Namco is doing here is taking individual games out of Namco Museum for PSP and sticking them up on the App Store. This is the same thing they did with Dig Dug and Galaga.

    Having played them, they were lame before, so they're even lamer now.

  • EightFlyingCars

    All Namco is doing here is taking individual games out of Namco Museum for PSP and sticking them up on the App Store. This is the same thing they did with Dig Dug and Galaga.

    Having played them, they were lame before, so they're even lamer now.

  • spiffyone

    Namco actually does their classic IPs and backcatalog of classic games justice on this platform. A mix of old and new, and both are pretty well received by iPhone/Touch gamers. And for that they should be commended, as some companies (*points at Sega) just half ass everything.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Agreed.

    • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

      You hit that nail right on the head, Spiffyone.

      While this isn't exactly a MUST HAVE game for me, Namco should get props for understanding the AppStore's potential, and their own within this new enviroment.

      Now if only someone could give Sega a hand...

  • spiffyone

    Namco actually does their classic IPs and backcatalog of classic games justice on this platform. A mix of old and new, and both are pretty well received by iPhone/Touch gamers. And for that they should be commended, as some companies (*points at Sega) just half ass everything.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Agreed.

    • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

      You hit that nail right on the head, Spiffyone.

      While this isn't exactly a MUST HAVE game for me, Namco should get props for understanding the AppStore's potential, and their own within this new enviroment.

      Now if only someone could give Sega a hand...

  • acidbottle

    hmm, now whilst i enjoy namco being on board the apple bus ..

    .. this looks like a rather slapdash remake of pacmania. think im gonna pass on this. quite pricey to!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Well, I see Pac-Man Arrangement in there, and I love that game on the Gameboy Advance. I admit I don't play Pac-Mac or even Mrs. Pac-Man these days, despite being a retro freak -- but I do love a half hour of Arrangement. And Remix looks like an evolved Arrangement. Way evolved.

      I know and enjoy Pacmania as well (have it on my Amigas) -- but I don't see one tied closely to the other. I prefer Arrangement to Pacmania.

      I think this will be a nice one.

  • acidbottle

    hmm, now whilst i enjoy namco being on board the apple bus ..

    .. this looks like a rather slapdash remake of pacmania. think im gonna pass on this. quite pricey to!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Well, I see Pac-Man Arrangement in there, and I love that game on the Gameboy Advance. I admit I don't play Pac-Mac or even Mrs. Pac-Man these days, despite being a retro freak -- but I do love a half hour of Arrangement. And Remix looks like an evolved Arrangement. Way evolved.

      I know and enjoy Pacmania as well (have it on my Amigas) -- but I don't see one tied closely to the other. I prefer Arrangement to Pacmania.

      I think this will be a nice one.

  • Fafner

    I don't like the control pad

  • Fafner

    I don't like the control pad

  • Marc

    Guess I'm missing something. Dig-dug, Galaga, Pole Position. While I think they are each overpriced at least you get the orginal and new version of the game in one package. Instead of just adding this to their Pac-Man app, they want $6 for each version? Ouch.

  • Marc

    Guess I'm missing something. Dig-dug, Galaga, Pole Position. While I think they are each overpriced at least you get the orginal and new version of the game in one package. Instead of just adding this to their Pac-Man app, they want $6 for each version? Ouch.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Great, another crap "Remix" to throw on the turd pile. Should be good for a laugh. Since they've already completely butchered the classic Pac Man games with horrendously bad iPhone adaptations, I guess they don't have much left to lose.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Great, another crap "Remix" to throw on the turd pile. Should be good for a laugh. Since they've already completely butchered the classic Pac Man games with horrendously bad iPhone adaptations, I guess they don't have much left to lose.

  • Dan

    this looks like what bomberman touch is to bomberman, but WAY more. I don't care if this is just a port, it is a lovely port. The "remixed" applies to this more than their other "remixed" games. It looks like namco is finally realizing what came be made for the iphone. Other than lite versions, I have never bought a game of theirs' mainly because there more interesting things roaming around the app store, but this might make them actually earn my money.

  • Dan

    this looks like what bomberman touch is to bomberman, but WAY more. I don't care if this is just a port, it is a lovely port. The "remixed" applies to this more than their other "remixed" games. It looks like namco is finally realizing what came be made for the iphone. Other than lite versions, I have never bought a game of theirs' mainly because there more interesting things roaming around the app store, but this might make them actually earn my money.

  • Jim

    Ms. Pac-Man has been on my iPhone since the beginning of the App Store. It is one of my all-time favorites and a great port. This one looks kind of ugly but I will reserve judgement for when I actually try it myself.

  • Jim

    Ms. Pac-Man has been on my iPhone since the beginning of the App Store. It is one of my all-time favorites and a great port. This one looks kind of ugly but I will reserve judgement for when I actually try it myself.

  • wegmans

    You know, if you want pac man, you deserve to pay a premium for it!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Indeed. Or you could go and almost buy a Starbucks coffee with that $5.99.

      • wegmans

        If you do it tomorrow 7/21 you get a free pastry! check out starbucks.com and show them the coupon on your phone and get a free treat

    • Dan

      wow, that was hilarious!

      +24

  • wegmans

    You know, if you want pac man, you deserve to pay a premium for it!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Indeed. Or you could go and almost buy a Starbucks coffee with that $5.99.

      • wegmans

        If you do it tomorrow 7/21 you get a free pastry! check out starbucks.com and show them the coupon on your phone and get a free treat

    • Dan

      wow, that was hilarious!

      +24

  • Fezi

    Hopefully they will release Taiko no Tatsujin

    • Brian

      It would work GREAT on the iPhone OS devices.

  • Fezi

    Hopefully they will release Taiko no Tatsujin

    • Brian

      It would work GREAT on the iPhone OS devices.

  • Frogtorch

    I never really cared for any kind of special mania remix variety of Pac-Man. I'll keep on truckin' to Ms. Pac-Man as well.

  • Frogtorch

    I never really cared for any kind of special mania remix variety of Pac-Man. I'll keep on truckin' to Ms. Pac-Man as well.

  • Dale

    I sure hope this means we will see a BURGERTIME version for the iPhone !

  • Dale

    I sure hope this means we will see a BURGERTIME version for the iPhone !

  • Fokion

    No, no, no, no. No power-ups, no polygons, no remixes. Just look at Pac-Man Championship Edition on the XBLA. THAT's how you rejuvenate a classic franchise.

  • Fokion

    No, no, no, no. No power-ups, no polygons, no remixes. Just look at Pac-Man Championship Edition on the XBLA. THAT's how you rejuvenate a classic franchise.

  • DJ oNIOn

    Bring on TEKKEN!!! The iPhone/iTouch should definitely be capable of running a port of Tekken 2. Considering such high end games as NSFU and Real Racing I have been searching the web for "Tekken for iPhone" for months! A great Beat'em Up is still missing on this platform.

    • Fokion

      Tekken with a virtual pad? Hurts just thinking about it.

    • JoE

      IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!

  • DJ oNIOn

    Bring on TEKKEN!!! The iPhone/iTouch should definitely be capable of running a port of Tekken 2. Considering such high end games as NSFU and Real Racing I have been searching the web for "Tekken for iPhone" for months! A great Beat'em Up is still missing on this platform.

    • Fokion

      Tekken with a virtual pad? Hurts just thinking about it.

    • JoE

      IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Droppin' Loads

    Say what you will, but I'd like to see more of these remix games brought to the iPhone!
    Rally X is right up there for me!

  • Droppin' Loads

    Say what you will, but I'd like to see more of these remix games brought to the iPhone!
    Rally X is right up there for me!

  • http://reverttosaved.com Craig Grannell

    Good grief - has Namco's UI designer got smashed repeatedly over the head with a spanner? That is the worst virtual D-pad I have ever seen, even worse than the one in Boulder Dash.

    Given that Namco's early iPhone games had decent controls (notably Pac-Man), what the hell's happened? Dig Dug's controller was iffy, but this looks atrocious, and it's a huge shame because Pac-Man Arrangement is a *fantastic* game and an iPhone equivalent would be brilliant—if the controller hadn't been designed by a three-year-old with a set of crayons.

  • http://reverttosaved.com Craig Grannell

    Good grief - has Namco's UI designer got smashed repeatedly over the head with a spanner? That is the worst virtual D-pad I have ever seen, even worse than the one in Boulder Dash.

    Given that Namco's early iPhone games had decent controls (notably Pac-Man), what the hell's happened? Dig Dug's controller was iffy, but this looks atrocious, and it's a huge shame because Pac-Man Arrangement is a *fantastic* game and an iPhone equivalent would be brilliant—if the controller hadn't been designed by a three-year-old with a set of crayons.

  • Nukie

    You should never mess with a classic. Shame on Namco.

    • spiffyone

      Ladies and gentlemen, another member of the blind nostalgia brigade is revealed.

      There's nothing wrong with NEW interpretations of classic IPs if the classic interpretations are made available (and made in a manner that shows some care in bringing it over). Especially if the new interpretations are GOOD. Namco does that. id does that. Even EA, on some level, does that. BOTH classics (with appropriate iTouch/Phone controls) and NEW offerings, either based on older IPs or brand new ones.

      Apparently everyone else does what Segain't. Shame that...Sega has the power to rule the roost, but they just can't get it together.

      • Brian

        Hear, hear!

  • Nukie

    You should never mess with a classic. Shame on Namco.

    • spiffyone

      Ladies and gentlemen, another member of the blind nostalgia brigade is revealed.

      There's nothing wrong with NEW interpretations of classic IPs if the classic interpretations are made available (and made in a manner that shows some care in bringing it over). Especially if the new interpretations are GOOD. Namco does that. id does that. Even EA, on some level, does that. BOTH classics (with appropriate iTouch/Phone controls) and NEW offerings, either based on older IPs or brand new ones.

      Apparently everyone else does what Segain't. Shame that...Sega has the power to rule the roost, but they just can't get it together.

      • Brian

        Hear, hear!

  • Brian

    Booooo!! Let's see Eternal Sonata, Tekken, Taiko Drum Master, and a REAL Katamari Damacy game.

    I'm sick of all these rehashes of ancient games.

  • Brian

    Booooo!! Let's see Eternal Sonata, Tekken, Taiko Drum Master, and a REAL Katamari Damacy game.

    I'm sick of all these rehashes of ancient games.