Pac-Man turns 40 years outdated immediately, and MyArcade is celebrating with a lovely (and functionable) collectible.

It’s the The Pac-Man 40th Anniversary Micro Player, and it’ll be out there “later this summer” for $40. The 6-inch machine appears like a miniature Pac-Man arcade cupboard, and you may truly play it.

MyArcade focuses on retro-themed gaming equipment and playable collectibles like this. In reality, they have already got a standard model of a Pac-Man Micro Player that’s out there now and prices $35. So, if you would like somewhat Pac-Man machine in your house, is it value it to attend for this anniversary version?

I believe so. Of course, I’m a little bit of sucker for particular editions and anniversary collectibles. But it’s not like MyArcade simply put a 40th anniversary sticker on the Pac-Man Micro Player. It has a gold-colored joystick and buttons, which assist make this model look extra particular. But my favourite half is how the decal artwork truly strikes because of lenticular printing. That’s the animation impact you get from these flat photographs with the ridges, and the picture strikes as you flip the floor. You can see what that appears like beneath.

The RetroBeat: I want to celebrate Pac-Man’s 40th birthday with this tiny cabinet

Above: Oooooo.

Image Credit: MyArcade

Fancy, huh? I’m undecided if that’s value an additional $5 to you, however I certain suppose that it’s neat.

Memories

You know, I admit that after I take into consideration my favourite recreation characters or franchises, Pac-Man doesn’t instantly come to thoughts. But, man, I certain do have quite a lot of good recollections related to this basic arcade recreation. Like all of the occasions I’d spend 1 / 4 to run from ghosts and gobble pellets in these Ohio arcades from my childhood that at the moment are all gone. Or the time, 10 freaking years in the past now, that I attended Pac-Man’s 30th birthday celebration at E3 2010 throughout my first journey to the expo.

Even although Pac-Man got here out a bit earlier than my time, he’s a supply of a lot nostalgia and luxury. And not simply because it jogs my memory of days gone. It makes me completely happy to see a 40-year-old recreation nonetheless maintain up. Pac-Man remains to be enjoyable to play, completely balancing the road between simplicity and complexity. Yeah, there are quite a lot of nice arcade video games from the early ’80s, however Pac-Man is the quintessential basic. Heck, I do know that there are some well-loved fashionable Pac-Man video games, however I’d nonetheless moderately play the unique or Ms. Pac-Man as a substitute of them.

Well, OK, I do have a comfortable spot for the weird Pac-Man 2, however that’s one other column.

But, yeah, all of these recollections give this collectible some critical attraction. And though my house might be crammed up with an excessive amount of gaming junk already (most of it Mega Man themed, admittedly), this little arcade machine certain is tempting.

At least because of that obscure “later this summer” launch, I’ve to time to speak myself into perhaps discovering a extra sensible use for my cash. Like this Mega Man 3 jigsaw puzzle.

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