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"World's biggest" Pac-Man hits the web

Arcade classic gets super-sized reinvention.

A new super-sized twist on the Pac-Man franchise has just hit the web.

As detailed on Gamasutra, The World's Biggest Pac-Man is a new, free-to-play browser version of the game with a focus on user-created levels.

Developed by Australian web specialist Soap Creative in tandem with Namco Bandai and Microsoft, it allows users to make their own levels via a Facebook application.

The individual levels are then jigsawed together into one enormous maze with screen exits offering access to new stages rather than looping Pac-Man round to the other side of the screen in traditional fashion.

You'll need to have a Facebook account to make your own levels, but you can play the game through your browser via its dedicated webpage.

At the time of writing there are 2165 different screens – with that number going up fast.

The game was created as a promotion for Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 9 set-up, but should work fine on any browser running HTML5 or above.

"We are giving the world one of its favorite video games through the browser, in a fun and engaging way that truly showcases how developers can deliver a new class of web experiences by taking advantage of modern web standards and hardware acceleration," commented developer Michael Kordahi.

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