Apple Arcade is getting a Pac-Man battle royale game. It's called Pac-Man Party Royale, and it will feature many of the mechanics we've come to expect from both things. There will be pellets, ghosts, and lots of eating. There will also be free-for-all versus play, a shrinking arena, and only one winner in the end. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to play Pac-Man against friends on mobile phones, you'll get the chance to find out by year's end.
Pac-Man Party Royale is due out in "later 2019" according to Pocket Gamer. The mobile game website reports that Pac-Man Party Royale was announced back during Apple Arcade's pre-launch, but was never given a release date. Now we have a release window, which is better than nothing.
Pac-Man Party Royale will pit four players against each other in a standard Pac-Man maze. Players will bounce off of one another until someone picks up the big pellet. When that happens, the player will grow as usual. Then they can eat the other Pac-People. Consumed players will become ghosts, with the chance to revive by catching another player. One Pac wins when the other three are ghosts.
The final, very creative, thing the game does is implement the Level 256 glitch. The original Pac-Man arcade game had a glitch where the map would go nuts once you reached that level, essentially rendering the game unplayable. In Pac-Man Party Royale, the glitch will kick in if there's no winner in a certain amount of time. The glitch shrinks the arena to force players to engage and end the match quicker. It's a clever twist on the shrinking battle royale arena.
The concept actually comes close to an existing arcade game, Pac-Man Battle Royale. The 2011 machine offered four-player versus Pac-Man well before Fortnite was even in early access. You can probably still find the machine at Dave & Busters today. Pac-Man Party Royale does introduce some new things, thankfully. The shrinking ring and revival via ghost are not in Pac-Man Battle Royale. This might be a rare case of a mobile game taking inspiration from an arcade game and improving upon it.
Pac-Man Party Royale will be part of the Apple Arcade subscription when it launches.
Source: Pocket Gamer