Bandai Namco has tapped Crossy Road creators Hipster Whale to put their spin on Pac-Man for his 35th anniversary. The result? Pac-Man 256, a new mobile game that adds a clever twist to the dot-eating formula that's based on the original game's infamous level glitch.
Pac-Man 256 is an endless maze runner in which Pac-Man eats dots, avoids ghosts and attempts to outrun a relentless threat: a wave of pixelated gibberish that threatens to overtake the screen. The glitched out wave of death is based on the 256th level of Pac-Man, which would corrupt the game's maze due to a programming bug, making it unplayable.
Like mobile hit Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256 is played from an isometric perspective. Pac-Man will face his old nemeses, Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, as well as other strains of colorful ghosts.
Hipster Whale is working with Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver on the free-to-play game, which will be available for smartphones and tablets this summer.
You can see the debut trailer for Pac-Man 256 in the video above.