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There are three parts to any good Pac-Man game: a maze, some ghosts, and a little yellow dude eating dots and going "wakka wakka." That's it. Despite this seemingly simple formula, Namco has tried to make Pac-Man a mascot for the ages a la Mario, putting him in everything from platformers to kart racers to freaking Tekken. The latest indignity is Pac-Man Dash, in which the little yellow guy jumps on the endless runner bandwagon.

Look at Pac-Man. He's miserable. His little stubby legs were never meant to endure this kind of marathon running and jumping - hell, he's only had them since the 90s. His waxen smile is covering a world of yellow pain that can't be hidden by incredibly upbeat techno music, and is only intensified by over-the-top pre-rendered cinematics. Why, Namco? Why have you forced your favorite son into shameful servitude?

All jokes aside, this looks like a pretty solid endless runner. It's got the standard currency collection aspect, with vehicles, power-ups, and a good bit of stage and enemy variety - something that all too many of these games tend to forget about. There are multiple save files that encourage some hot potato family play, and the graphics and music are pretty solid as well. Save files can be synced over Google Drive - a nice touch. It's sitting at an impressive 4.9 out of 5 after a couple of dozen downloads (currently Namco Bandai's best-rated game). Just ignore the fact that Pac-Man could be replaced by a piece of sentient tofu without detrimentally effecting the gameplay.

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The game will even let you scan the barcodes of certain Pac-Man toys for digital powerups, not unlike the upcoming Angry Birds Star Wars II (hey, look, more bastardized intellectual property). Don't be surprised when you're pushed towards some in-app purchases - this is a free endless runner, after all. And once you're done, maybe you could make Pac-Man happy by playing a real Pac-Man game. Come on. For old time's sake.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Timothy Roberts

    Man, that's a seriously spasstic soundtrack! I'd have to try out the mute along with the game! ...btw,..first!

  • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

    So it's PAC-MAN meets sonic the hedgehog... Looks fun, and at least it's moving away from other run style games that been coming out lately...

  • Hans Pedersen

    Am I the only one who remembers Pac-Land? :)

  • JB

    Really if any character is more suited for an endless runner, it would be Pac. Though not as I imagined it in this game

    • montahchos

      How about this guy? it would be awesome if someone port pepsi man into android (well at least something similar)

      • anvoru

        Very good idea! I looooved to play pepsi man back in PS1.

      • JB

        Ahhh awesome!!!

      • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

        there're some pepsi man-like that i knew.
        - minion rush
        - subway surfer
        - and temple runs????

        I personally prefer side scrolling like Line Windrunner though ... gonna try this pac man ...

        • montahchos

          I think it's different

          Pepsi man has goal, not an endless runner with mission
          Maybe if there's a runner game with story mode and endless mode

          The jingle and the character really funny. That will make it different from other IMO

  • pacifica

    so after Sonic Dash, now its Pac-Man DASH. endless runners are really popular these days.

    thanks god Rockman DASH was released 14 years before Temple Run. otherwise Megaman & Roll will just running endlessly..

  • Kyle Owens

    I think Pac-Man is the first game I seen that allows you to share your save file to Google Drive

  • ginobili

    The GUI is awful. I didn't like the game either.

    It makes me remind the dreamcast times, the only problem that 13 years have passed since that and this is a mobile game.

  • ScottColbert

    Not compatible with Nexus7? Really?

  • Morrissex

    OMG! That character design... It gives me nightmares!

  • jonathan3579

    It's a pretty solid game. I'm impressed.

  • jmlares

    In a way, it kinda reminds me of Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures.

  • jurrabi

    Why nobody told me that Everything would refuse to install on Nexus 7? What's wrong about it?
    Come on! This even installs on my old Galaxy Tab (1)!!


    Sonic is that you?

  • TY

    Is this really endless? I doubt that based on "Run through unique stages" and the 1700m in the screenshots.

  • GazaIan

    One hello hell of a well built game though, I'm pressed. Feels like Namco really put work into this.

  • Matthew Fry

    It's "affecting" not effecting.

  • mcmb03

    awfully reminiscent of sonic jump by sega

  • Sam Speed

    This game looks fun. I might play it. Lucky for me that I have bluestacks on my computer. Bluestacks is a program that lets you play mobile app games on your computer.