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

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Namco 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.
    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]

    Article Link: 'PAC-MAN' Named App of the Week, Available for Free
  2. macrumors 65816

    Black Magic

    Sep 30, 2012
    Classic. I bought it a while back though. Guess I can get it for free now on the iPad.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2005
    I'm going to gobble that right up… Agghh!:eek: Ghost!:eek:
  4. macrumors 6502


    Mar 28, 2013
  5. macrumors 603


    Nov 5, 2009
    lol all the freebies that came out today are much better than anything they gave on the 12d app
  6. macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
  7. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    Look at all the shiny new In-App Purchases!

    What an amazing coincidence that they are available just as the app becomes free.
  8. Kobayagi, Jan 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2014

    macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Hehe, that's how it goes these day. Real unfortunate, I'd rather pay for the app and enjoy it as it's intended, than to get it for free and be bothered by countless yap'.
  9. Xenc, Jan 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2014

    macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2010
    London, England
    Watch out for the in-app purchases. Refilling your Continues costs tokens, and so does entering the weekly challenges. You also need to buy the "8 new mazes" mentioned in the description.

    It's not the best deal at $6.99 with so much IAP.
  10. macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2013
    Controls are quite unresponsive. But classics free so it's ok.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2008
    I feel sorry for anyone that paid $6.99 for this.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    Was excited until I saw IAP. IAP != Free. This is bait and switch. First hit's free.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    Yeah, but you didn't buy it, did you? So now it's freemium.

    If the resistance to IAP were in any way as strong as some folks believe there'd be more straight purchase games in the Top Grossing chart. There are probably 3 out of 50. If you want the old ways back you have a heck of a lot of spending to do.
  15. macrumors 68040


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    The extreme obsession with IAP is why I don't game much anymore on iOS.
  16. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    Most of the giveaways on 12 Days of Gifts were ho hum at best, but I did enjoy Hugo and Diary of a Wimpy Kids.
  17. N64
    macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2013
    Lost Woods
    Same pretty much. I play Pheonix Wright and Nintendo games in emulators still since they don't have any IAPs.


    "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."

    The sad part is that this might be news to some native-born American kids.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    Big let down, bad and laggy controls. And why Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man is so much better?
  19. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    Wondering why MacRumors links to a 3rd party web site instead of linking directly to the app on the iTunes store? :rolleyes:
  20. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Not third-party exactly: AppShopper IS a web site created by MacRumors. (And I personally prefer AppShopper links: you're still one click away from the App Store, but you ALSO have the ability to Wishlist an item. Ironically, TouchArcade--another MR sister site--usually doesn't use AppShopper links, and I wish they would!)
  21. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    If it isn't a link to iTunes, it's 3rd party.

    So it is a self promoting ad link. Still just as annoying.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    Not sure if you're aware, but now the App Store itself lets you add apps to a wishlist, as well.
  23. macrumors 68030

    Jul 18, 2013
    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.
  24. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    If the link is to a site owned by the the same organization that owns the site that posts the story with the link, would that be more like 2nd party or something since it wouldn't really be 3rd party in the usual sense of going to yet another completely different party unrelated to the first two. ;)

    Sometimes going to an iTunes link doesn't present anything useful and only asks to open iTunes which a lot of people wouldn't usually care to do at the time (assuming they even have iTunes installed). So sometimes another site might not be that bad in comparison to situations like that.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    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.

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