Pac-Man Returns to Arcades After 30 Long Years

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a proper classic Pac-Man arcade release, with a series of coin-dropping redemption games and the recent (though admittedly strong) multiplayer version, but it looks like Pac-Man Ticket Mania may be as close as we’re going to get. A redemption game developed by Namco in collaboration with Raw Thrills, Ticket Mania features the classic Pac-Man gameplay on a giant LED display with a twist — it’s for tickets. The game features just one level, with the goal being to gobble pac-dots and fruits and avoiding the ghosts. Successfully clearing the stage results in the “PAC-POT”, which gives players five seconds to reach the ghost spawn zone to win a random amount of tickets.

Pac-Man Ticket Mania Cabinet

It may not be the long-awaited (right?) arcade follow-up to the thrills of the original, but it’s probably as close as we’re going to get. Plus, anything that has kids playing 2D Pac-Man in an arcade setting seems like a victory.

Check out a video of Raw Thrills VP Andy Eloff playing the game, courtesy of Arcade Heroes: