Bandai Namco’s bringing everyone’s favorite pie-shaped sprite (and his ghostly nemeses) to the wilds of augmented reality. The original Pac-Man, released in May of 1980, celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year.
Here’s what we know about the new Pac-Man Geo so far — courtesy of an official release sent out Thursday, September 10.
What Is Pac-Man Geo?
Like Pokémon Go, Pac-Man Geo uses Google Maps data as the foundation for an augmented-reality game, mapping the beloved arcade character onto the world around you.
But this isn’t a Pokémon Go clone in the slightest, mind you. Instead, the roads of the real-world map become lanes for the cookie trails and ghosts that make up Pac-Man’s ample diet in the arcade classic.
“Pac-Man Geo will allow players to experience the real world as the yellow guy himself in this geographic information game,” the game’s Google Play listing reads.
“New York, Paris, Tokyo — make a Pac-Man maze by choosing from a variety of real-world streets. Go for the high score on unique real-world streets and collect landmarks from famous places all over the world, even from the comfort of home.”
Pac-Man Geo Release Date
According to the press release, Pac-Man Geo will be available “in 170 countries from September 2020,” but as of now the App Store says it’s expected to launch on November 30.
On the Google Play storefront, you can “pre-register” to be notified the moment the game goes live on Android OS.
Pac-Man Geo Price
According to the App Store, Pac-Man Geo is a free download.
Platforms and System Requirements
Pac-Man Geo’s available on Android and iOS devices. The download size is only about 113.8 MB.
For Android devices, it’s recommended that you use Android 6.0 or above on a device with at least 1.5 GB of RAM.
If you’re playing on an iPhone or Apple device, you’ll need iOS 11.0 or later.