Pac-Man 99 is a real battle royale and it’s really on the Switch now


Let’s just stipulate that nothing is sacred and everything from your childhood, your parents’ childhoods, and your kids’ childhoods is going to be trotted back out and made into a weird video game at some point, usually in a genre that peaked three years before. Then we can safely move on to our subject here, which was yesterday’s announcement that Pac-Man 99 has arrived on the Switch, and yes like Tetris 99 before it, it’s a battle royale. But hey, this one almost makes sense.

“PAC-MAN 99 is the latest entry in the long-running PAC-MAN franchise with an online multiplayer experience unlike any other in the series’ history,” Bandai Namco says. “Ninety-nine PAC-MAN players compete against each other until one remains. Chomp down on Power Pellets to activate special power-ups and send Jammer PAC-MAN to opponents’ mazes to become the last PAC standing.”

“Knock out other players by sending Jammer PAC-MAN to opponents’ mazes by touching a Power Pellet and defeating ghosts. Jammer PAC-MAN will clog up the competition’s maze and slow their PAC-MAN down, making it harder for them to avoid ghosts and clear out their maze of Pac-Dots. In addition to making ghosts vulnerable, Power Pellets also give PAC-MAN special abilities including increasing his speed or sending more Jammer PAC-MAN to other players’ mazes. Each ability comes with a drawback so choose your strategy wisely.”

It’s live now and free-to-play, though naturally there are paid DLC on offer, bought individually or in bulk for $30.

Source: Press release, official site. Cheers, Minimalistway!
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