'PAC-MAN' Named App of the Week, Available for Free

Thursday January 9, 2014 1:33 PM PST by Juli Clover
pacmanNamco Bandai’s classic PAC-MAN app has been named Apple's App of the Week, and as a result, it is available for free for the first time since its initial 2011 release.

PAC-MAN is based on the classic arcade game and the gameplay focuses on navigating Pac-Man to eat pellets and fruit while avoiding ghosts. Along with the original maze, the game offers eight other mazes that all feature ghost-free bonus modes.
Who can forget the countless hours and quarters spent avoiding pesky ghosts while chompin’ on pellets and gobbling up fruit for bonus points?

- Arcade perfect classic PAC-MAN
- 8 new mazes for all new challenges
- Two different control modes
- Three game difficulties
- Retina display support
During its years on the App Store, PAC-MAN has ranged in price from $0.99 to $6.99, but it has not been offered at no cost. The app, which can be downloaded from the App Store, will be free for the next week. [Direct Link]

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Posted: 12 months ago
Free app with paid IAP is not FREE.
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago
lol all the freebies that came out today are much better than anything they gave on the 12d app
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago
Look at all the shiny new In-App Purchases!

What an amazing coincidence that they are available just as the app becomes free.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago
Yeah, it should be "available for freemium".
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago

Me too. I try and avoid anything with IAP. I can't believe that devs think people want this. Just charge me for the game or app and let me be done with it.

The developer of this app loses now.

You've had five and a half years to reward Namco for offering the game as a straight sale and you think suddenly boycotting the game now is going bite them?

Its too late to make a stink. You and other IAP whiners had your chance to make the alternative models viable.

See the guy above who's so incensed by IAP from various developers that he turns to emulated Nintendo games. Excuse me if I presume that Nintendo doesn't get a penny out of this arrangement. You only have yourselves to blame. If you won't pay for what you want, companies will make stuff other people want instead.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago

Not third-party exactly

If it isn't a link to iTunes, it's 3rd party.

AppShopper IS a web site created by MacRumors.

So it is a self promoting ad link. Still just as annoying.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago
Was excited until I saw IAP. IAP != Free. This is bait and switch. First hit's free.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago
The extreme obsession with IAP is why I don't game much anymore on iOS.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago
Wondering why MacRumors links to a 3rd party web site instead of linking directly to the app on the iTunes store? :rolleyes:
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago
It takes a "rich" person to come up with $2.99 for all levels? That's how "rich" is defined?

Don't go to Starbucks for one day and you have enough for this IAP and more.

Don't eat one BigMac meal and you have enough for this IAP and more.

Developers need to be compensated for their work. THAT is much of the motivation for doing the work to bring the app to us. Sure, it would be great if everything could be free but the whole world revolves around trading time & talent for money.

If you download this for the classic (arcade) version, it's already in there.

And if $2.99 is "rich," I must be Jed Clampett or J.R. Ewing. "Wellllllll doggies"
Rating: 2 Votes

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