Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 announced for September

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is real and it's coming this September to PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Like the brilliant Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, this sequel will allow players to chain together pursuing ghosts in a conga line before devouring the whole lot of them in one fell swoop.

In addition to the tried and true timed score attack mode, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 features an all new Adventure mode that includes moving fruit and boss battles.

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Google Maps launches April Fools' Pac-Man mode

Google Maps launches April Fools' Pac-Man mode

There goes the rest of the afternoon.

Google has launched one of its annual April Fools' Day jokes a little early - you can now activate a Pac-Man mode for Google Maps.

The offering allows you to scroll to the area of your choice and see it automatically turned into a map for Pac-Man to explore.

Roads become pathways for Pac-Man and the Ghosts, which then wrap around edges of the screen.

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Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is coming to iOS

As a F2P game with micro-transactions.

Back in 2010 Bandai Namco reinvented its flagship pie chart-looking mascot with Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, a game so good that former Eurogamer editor Kristan Reed awarded it a coveted 10/10. Now, that game is coming to iOS.

MOMA Mia! Plans for beefy video game collection next year

"Are video games art? They sure are..."

Video games struggle to be taken as seriously as films or paintings or books or other pieces of culturally accepted works of art. Yeah, thanks Duke Nukem. But there are signs of change; today, New York's prestigious Museum of Modern Art announced the beginnings of a considerable video game exhibition.

Tom Clancy sale assaults Xbox Live

Plus, Pac-Man going cheap.

Next week sees a host of Tom Clancy-related titles attempt to sneak up on Xbox Live users and pry open their wallets, armed only with a set of price discounts.

Who Pigsy PSN Store content?

Because today it's packed man.

On the PlayStation Network Store today is a fresh batch of special offers. Our pick of the bunch: a permanent lowering of Dragon Age expansion Awakening to 16.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

Well this certainly caught us by surprise. Remember how the original Pac-Man Championship Edition turned everyone into bug-eyed crazies for about four months of 2007? Remember how it got people into Pac-Man that didn't even like the flappy-jawed yellow blob? Well, this DX edition has the audacity to improve everything we loved about the first one tenfold, and not even warn us about it in advance.

As usual, it's all about clocking the best possible high score, but Namco Bandai gets around the repetition by not only upping the maze count from two to nine, but also by layering on new mechanics and new modes that twist the formula in a frantic and relentlessly exciting new direction.

The most obvious change, initially, is the presence of stationary green ghosts, snoozing at various points around the maze. If Pac-Man moves past them, they wake up and give chase, allowing you to build up a huge, snaking conga line of ghosts if you can hold off from eating a power pill for long enough. The payback is that you can turn the tables in spectacular style, chowing down on literally dozens of them and clocking up a massive score in the process. Some ghosts will even top up your time bar, so eking out your feast becomes a strategic balancing act as you weave your way along the most effective route to score-based glory.

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Pac-Man CE DX, Alien Breed 3 hit XBL

Along with a demo of the new CSI.

Microsoft has been busily updating the Xbox Live Marketplace these past 24 hours with treats including a redux of Pac-Man Championship Edition, the third Alien Breed episode and a demo for CSI: Fatal Conspiracy.