One of the most iconic video games of all time will soon be played with more than quarters on the line, as Gamblit Gaming and Bandai Namco have partnered to put Pac-Man on the casino floor.
On October 3, at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, California-based Gamblit Gaming debuted Pac-Man Battle Casino.
The concept is an offshoot of Bandai Namco’s non-gambling game Pac-Man Battle Royale, which was released for consoles like PlayStation and Xbox in 2011. That game expanded traditional Pac-Man gameplay into multiplayer mode, enabling players to gobble up opposing Pac-Man icons while attempting to elude enemy ghosts.
Utilizing the Model GTM multi-player platform manufactured by Gamblit Gaming, Pac-Man Battle Casino incorporates the same style of gameplay. Between two and four players sit around a square gaming cabinet, which is designed to look, sound, and feel like the Pac-Man machines of old.
After placing wagers between $2 and $20, players use handheld joysticks to control their own Pac-Man icon, and the objective of the game is to outlast opponents. As hand-eye coordination and dexterity can offer an advantage, Pac-Man Battle Casino is classified as a skill-based gaming machine.
Once a game has concluded, the winning player then watches a randomized prize wheel spin to determine their payout. Prize amounts are based on the original wager and increase incrementally.
In a joint press release announcing Pac-Man Battle Casino’s placement at G2E, Darion Lowenstein – chief marketing officer for Gamblit Gaming – described the new game as a marriage of modernity and nostalgia:
“Like so many people, Pac-Man was the first arcade game I ever played.
Partnering with the visionary team at Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. to bring an entirely new and innovative experience to fellow Pac-Man fans is truly an honor and a dream come true for me. Pac-Man has been a huge part of our culture and has grown to become so much more than just an arcade game.
With Pac-Man Battle Casino, we’re adding another level of excitement to the classic Pac-Man experience by bringing fans into the modern arcade – the casino.”
Yoshiyasu Horiuchi, who serves as executive officer of the amusement business unit of Bandai Namco, praised Pac-Man as the perfect title to transition video gaming into casinos:
“Pac-Man is one of the most famous and popular video games.
In 2005, it was featured as the Most Successful Coin-Operated Game in the Guinness Book of World Records. So, we believe Pac-Man Battle Casino will appeal to a wide range of people, especially those who once played Pac-Man.
We are also thrilled to see Pac-Man Battle Royale get transformed into a real-money and skill-based game, Pac-Man Battle Casino.”
Pac-Man wouldn’t be the first video game playable on the casino floor, as Bandai Namco rival Konami tested a skill-based version of its classic Frogger franchise – titled Frogger: Get Hoppin’ – in February at the MGM Grand’s Level Up gaming lounge.
Per the press release, Gamblit Gaming plans to launch Pac-Man Battle Casino in early 2018.
Gamblit Gaming specializes in skill-based gambling devices, and the company’s Model GTM ineractive game tables are currently placed in several Las Vegas casinos, including MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, and The Venetian.
Pac-Man Casino Royale has been reviewed by industry media outlets such as Kotaku and Polygon, with the game generally receiving positive feedback.