Namco is bringing its successful Pac-Man Championship Edition to the iPhone / iPod Touch this Thursday. Pac-Man Championship Edition was originally released Summer 2007 on the Xbox Live Arcade with a positive response from reviewers.
In Pac-Man Championship Edition, Namco takes the classic gameplay mechanics of Pac-Man and adds a fresh coat of updated graphics and two game modes, Mission & Championship, with an additional Challenge mode that can be purchased through an expansion pack. Mission mode challenges players to complete a specific task such as collecting 3 pieces of fruit, or eating a specific number of ghosts in order to complete the mission. Players can revisit a mission to attempt to complete it at a different difficulty level. Championship mode feels more like the traditional Pac-Man game, but instead of progressing by way of eating all the pellets in a level, this mode requires you to beat the top score within a time limit.
There are four different control schemes to play Pac-Man Championship Edition so anyone should be able to find a way to play comfortably. The only thing I wish Namco would have included were leaderboards so I can compare my score with my friends. Hopefully Namco offers something in the future (might i suggest Facebook integration?) because as of now, Pac-Man Championship Edition has a lot going for it. There’s no word on pricing, but the XBLA retails for $10.