Back in May, Namco Bandai Games announced Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, a newly reinvented reboot of the beloved arcade game, with several changes. Instead of the old 2D formula of Pac-Man being chased by ghosts in an endless maze, players take the role of Pac and his 2 best friends, Spiral and Cylindria, as they must rise to the challenge of protecting their homeland from the menacing ghosts that have escaped from the Netherworld….this time in 3D.
To add to the excitement of the game’s release, a tie-in television series (of the same name) has been created which will expand upon the adventures of Pac-Man as we journey to PacWorld and encounter Betrayus, evil ruler of the Netherworlds. We will see Pac-Man, fighting for “friendship, freedom, and the future,” while eating and fighting ghosts, sometimes with the aid of new powers, one of which transforms him into an iguana-dinosaur-Pac-Man. However, Pac-Man isn’t battling ghostly invaders; he enjoys spending time with his friends, who bond with the legendary hero as they “cope with the challenges of being a teenager.”
For the record this isn’t Pac-Man’s first television outing. Hanna-Barbera created the first cartoon series entitled Pac-Man: The Animated Series, which debuted in 1982 and aired for two seasons on CBS.
The 3D action video game will release this fall for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PC this fall, with a 2D side-scroller version hitting Nintendo’s 3DS around the same time. You can catch the animated series, which was produced by Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad, June 17th on DisneyXD and is scheduled to air 26 episodes.