mzl.lmkisygg.175x175-75PAC-MAN DASH is a PAC-MAN flavored runner. With one-tap controls, your goal is to eat as many cookies as possible, while also snacking on bonus items like fruits and enjoying the rare ghost here and there. Gathering the highest of high scores is one of the game's core pillars, which, now that I think about it, isn't so different from old-school PAC-MAN I guess.

The game is set across a singular, though massive, multi-colored and multi-tiered level filled with pipes and platforms. Generally speaking, the higher you go, the fatter your rewards. Staying on top does get tricky -- as you devour cookies, PAC-MAN's speed grows and makes it harder and harder to gauge the timing on jumps.

There's a twist here. As you play and earn cookies, you can buy special abilities that give you the power to dash or even turn into a magnetic monster that auto-collects any ghost, fruit, or cookie that gets in its sphere of influence.

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Did I mention that this is mission-based? It's also mission-based. As you play, the game asks you to do certain tasks like, say, eat ten ghosts in a run. In the early going, the missions seem to riff on what you've just purchased in the in-game store.

Weird, right? We saw the "dash" part of the name in the store when it popped up in New Zealand this morning, but it didn't really sink in. We'll keep on trucking and give you a stronger look down the line. First take, though, is good.

If you want to catch PAC-MAN DASH fever, give it a shot tonight. It'll hit around 11:00 PM EST.

International App Store Link: PAC-MAN DASH!, Free (Universal)

  • garret44

    Why.

    • Karzay

      Money.

    • toxiccheese

      Because it will sell. I also like that it isn't an endless runner. I'm looking forward to seeing gameplay. Takes me back to my arcade days and memorizing the patterns for the original arcade machines.

  • JohnTS

    Pacman has hit an all time low ladies and gentlemen.

    • Karzay

      Really? This is worse than putting sexy legs and lipstick on Pacman and then trying to sell the same old game as something new?

  • Rtteachr

    There is a new Pacman series on DisneyXD. I bet this ties into that.

    • LOLCAT

      They HAVE hit an all time low...WHAPDJHDOEKANDDHSJKANEHRJD PACMAN ON DISNEY WHAY NAMCO WHY!!!!!??????

  • marc0313

    Oh God why.

    • toxiccheese

      PacMan is a great franchise. I guess maybe those who grew up as teens in the 80s will appreciate this. I know I will, if its good. Plus, I won't need a bunch of quarters!

  • LOLCAT

    I agree that's its a little rediculous, but hey, it looks good.

    • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

      I don't agree it looks good, but I do agree it looks ridiculous.

      • LOLCAT

        Sorry. I've always been a sucker for new endless runners...repetition doesn't bother me. :p

      • Adams Immersive

        If you enjoy a genre, then "yet another very similar game" can be considered like an add-on level pack for a game... you enjoyed the earlier "levels" of endless running, and now you have more "levels"! Even small variations can be fun and welcome in that light, if the prices is right. (I feel that way about tower defense personally--not so much about endless runners, but I can understand it.)

  • Me

    IN ALL CAPS!

  • Arch Deluxe

    Hey Pac-Man, Go Puc Yourself!

    • john360

      Go puc yourself

  • Tatiana

    Ladies and gentlemen, Namco has officially lost the plot.

  • J0n072295

    NO.

  • Naiki

    Doesn't work in iOS 7 :(

  • djstout

    Doesn't work on my iPhone 5! I only have a black screen after running the app....

    • Naiki

      +1

  • felipe

    Its free.. And appears to looks pretty cool. Yes!