On 22 May 1980 Namco released Pac-Man, the arcade game that was destined to go down in history. 35 years on and the game has morphed into countless spin-offs, making sure it’s as popular as ever. There are loads of Pac-Man apps for smartphones and tablets, so to celebrate the hungry yellow disk’s birthday we’ve rounded up the best ones.
Available on Android (Free), iOS (£3.99) and Windows Phone (£3.89)
Top of the list is the official Pac-Man game. It includes a faithful reproduction of the 1980 game as well as a few extra modes to keep things interesting. The app’s just been updated for the 35th anniversary, bringing special mazes, new multiplayer challenges and new hints and tips for when you can’t quite beat a level.
Ms. Pac-Man demo
Free on Android and iOS
Ms. Pac-Man is one of the few arcade games that can claim to be more popular than the original Pac-Man, and this mobile version is another accurate recreation of the retro game. There can’t be any higher praise than that.
Pac-Man Championship Edition
Available on Android (£2.60), BlackBerry (£0.75), iOS (£2.29) and Windows Phone (£5.39)
If you find classic Pac-Man a little too easy, up the pace with this sequel. Mazes scroll and repopulate, making the game all about survival. But the longer you avoid the ghosts for, the faster Pac-Man gets until you inevitably crash into a wall. It’s a fast-paced game with loads of new features that don’t take anything away from the original arcade fun.
Available on Android (Free), iOS (£0.79) and Windows Phone (£1.19)
Away from Namco’s official Pac-Man apps, there are some fun rip-offs with interesting gameplay. Sunday Lawn is one of the best. Pac-Man is replaced by a man mowing grass, the ghosts are replaced by dogs and there as some unique obstacles to avoid too. It’s a cute casual game if you’re looking for a change from the same old Pac-Man.
Available on Android (£1.19) and iOS (£1.49)
Forget-Me-Not has a classic arcade look, but makes big improvements on Pac-Man’s gameplay. Levels are generated randomly, so you might never play the same level twice if you don’t want to, you can shoot enemies, and be shot by them, and those enemies are pretty crazy.