I'm going to say some things about Pac-Man Friends out of the gate that will make some of you want nothing to do with Pac-Man or his pals. This game is free-to-play, and it contains in-app purchases. Three cherries cost 99 cents, a bundle of hearts go for $4.99, so on and so forth. But if you're skilled enough to get by without these power-ups, you don't have to spend any money to get enjoyment out of this experience.

Pac-Man Friends is not particularly distinct from other modern mobile games. It's shallow, basic, and grows pretty repetitive after a while. But it's Pac-Man, and seeing such old gameplay formulas given a modern-day treatment is at least mildly amusing (and it sure beats putting the guy in an endless runner). At the end of the day, you're still shaped like a pizza with a slice missing, eating pellets, running away from ghosts, and navigating mazes - you're just using tilt controls that, while not perfect, get the job done.

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I wouldn't stick with this title for long, but there's something mildly intriguing about seeing old-school meet new-school. For a moment, at least. Then it's mainly just sad.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.google.com/+jordancable Jordan Cable

    I enjoyed their match 3 PAD variant "Pac Man Monsters" for a bit but that's it. Seems like they are pulling a Sega at this point.

  • Yearoftherat

    Always disliked the freemium platform a lot of these developers are based one. What happened to the days of buying a game outright?

    • Alexandre Leites

      I think EA games made a developer school or something like that.

  • Alexandre Leites

    I should state that they are using play games api and that made me buy one item just as a reward for that. Developers are taking ages to use that nowadays.

  • gspida

    I like the idea of the different types of Pac-man. I guess I'm all for Pac-man becoming a new generation icon.

  • Mike D

    Pacman has befriended a Pokeball. How nice!