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by Dianna Ranere

Celebrate PAC-MAN’s 40th with PAC-MAN Connect-N-Play and Tamagotchi


PAC-MAN came out when I was 10 years old and it took the world by storm! That’s not an understatement, if you were around, you saw how popular that little yellow dude that ate ghosts became, it was everywhere! My fondest memories of PAC-MAN was playing it on my friends Atari system and then begging my parents for a game system because I was addicted!

Then, when we went on vacation to the beach, I would spend almost all of my time in the arcades playing PAC-MAN until a lined formed all around me. PAC-MAN was the first video game that hooked me and to this day, still does. I will always play it when I see it anywhere. Funny thing, my new dentist’s office has one in the waiting room, how is that for fate. LOL!

PAC-MAN Tamagotchi

Bandai was one of the brands that I visited when I went to the virtual toy convention Sweet Suite. I have always loved Bandai and all of the products that they put out so when I saw that they had PAC-MAN products I reached out and they were gracious enough to send me a PAC-MAN Tamagotchi Device – Yellow Maze, talk about another blast from the past.

PAC-MAN Tamagotchi

The PAC-MAN Tamagotchi is just like the Tamagotchi you might remember, except you are keeping your character alive with the help of  PAC-MAN. He will save the Tamagotchi character from the Ghosts and bugs, and for more PAC-MAN fun, play the Pac Game and Catch Game!


You can purchase the PAC-MAN Tamagotchi for $19.99 at Target, Amazon and GameStop


Bandai also sent me a PAC-MAN Connect & Play that includes 12 classic games, including PAC-MAN, PAC-MAN Plus, Bosconian, Galaxian, Mappy, Super PAC-MAN, Galaga, Dig Dug, New Rally X, Pac & Pal, and Xevious. I had a previous version of this that I played non-stop so I loved getting the updated version that is shaped like PAC-MAN.

PAC-MAN Connect & Play comes with the game unit, and instructions. You will need 4 AA batteries, and the ability to plug it into your TV. Once you are done playing, you can store the cord in the bottom of the unit.

I love how they include a joystick because I don’t know about you, but I can’t play with buttons or on a computer, I need a good old-fashioned joystick. It always amazes me that when I play PAC-MAN that my muscle memory from 1980 kicks in and I follow the exact same paths as I did then. Does that happen to you?

What I love about this one is the fact that it also included the coveted 256th level of PAC-MAN, the buggy and “never-ending” last level that many have heard of but very few have ever gotten to see for themselves. Now you can play it! I love almost all the other games included as well, there are some that I don’t recall playing but my husband does, so he’s enjoying it too.

You can purchase the PAC-MAN Connect & Play for $19.99 at Amazon and Walmart.