Classic arcade game Pac-Man is about to hit the casinos thanks to a partnership between Bandai Namco and Gamblit Gaming. Pac-Man Battle Casino is a real-money title that is set to take casino floors by storm, with the cabinets being unveiled at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas this month. Let’s check it out.
Nostalgic Walk Down Memory Lane
The Pac-Man series was first released as a Japanese arcade game by developer Namco back in May 1980. It proved to be a massive hit with gamers across the country. So much so that US-based developer Midway published it in the North American market.
It is a franchise that went on to change the face of the gaming industry. A high number of sequels and spin-off games have been released since the original, across a range of platforms including computer console, PC, and mobile.
Pac-Man is a franchise that breeds success. It is one of the highest grossing arcade games of all time. At its peak, the games were generating in excess of $2.5 billion per quarter in the 1990s. It is estimated the game was played more than 10 billion times during the 20th century alone.
This casino version of the game is in line to offer players of all ages a unique experience playing a Pac-Man game. Older players that witnessed the series in its early years will have that feeling of nostalgia and younger players will be introduced to the iconic game for the first time.
Players will once again see Pac-Man hunt down the pellets to earn points whilst being chased by the ghosts of Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde. It might sound familiar but this will certainly be a version of the game that fans of the franchise have never experienced before.
How Does It Work?
The concept of the game is very similar to the Pac-Man Battle Royale title that was released back in 2011. It is certainly a Pac-Man game in all its aesthetics and gameplay but this is new territory with the game being targeted towards a gambling audience. That means real money is up for grabs.
In an appealing twist, the game is designed to be played between two to four people. The ghosts will be controlled by the CPU. The aim of the game is for players to be the last one standing at the end of the game.
The minimum bet stakes are put down by the players before the game begins. The bets cannot be changed during the game so players cannot alter the bet amounts if they are winning or losing. A spinning wheel will then randomly dictate how much money is up for grabs.
Will It Be a Success?
Social interaction has been a driving force for the gaming industry for a number of years now. Sony and Microsoft made the social aspects of their consoles a key factor in their latest products.
Social gambling has also shown growth over the past few years. The social gambling industry was worth $3.4 billion in 2016 and is expected to grow to $4.4 billion by the end of 2017.
Dare we say, it is long overdue for casino game developers to turn their attention to socially-driven games. Players competing against each other – as well as the house – is something that will appeal to players and casinos alike.
The players will love the rivalry and competitive aspect thrown into the mix. Casinos will also adore the fact the players are chipping away at each other rather than focusing all their attention on the house.
At face value, it appears that the game is destined to be a smash hit in the casino market. Branded products tend to do well. There is now a new hunger amongst casino goers to try more skill-based games. () Players want to feel they have more control over their chances of winning. Pac-Man Battle Casino looks to capitalize on that desire by players. The potential for this game is massive.