Next year, casino players would get to see an oldie-but-a-goodie game character, Pac-Man, who could potentially be munching on their cash after an announcement was made yesterday by interactive slot manufacturer Gamblit Gaming that they signed a deal with Pac-Man creator Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. to collaboratively design a casino version of the classic arcade game.
Gamblit said in a news release, that they will unveil the game entitled Pac-Man Battle Casino next week at one of the gaming industry's largest conventions, the Global Gaming Expo.
The real-money version of the game shall be based on the Pac-Man Battle Royale, one of the most recent incarnations of the Pac-Man game, launched 2011. In Battle Royale, two to four players try to eat each other in the game's all-too familiar maze, with the last one remaining being crowned as the winner. Battle Casino is essentially the same in concept, but with real money prizes in it.
The Pac-Man classic arcade game debuted in the USA in 1980. Bandai Namco said that over 100,000 units were sold at that year, making Pac-Man a cultural phenomenon, producing multiple spinoffs as well as hit songs and TV cartoons.
If Nevada casino-resorts opt to place Pac-Man Battle Casino on their gaming floors, then it would be the very first time that people can legally gamble on Pac-Man; however, this would not be considered the first classic video game that punters can bet on.
Konami Gaming right now offers three different slot machines based on Frogger, an arcade game in which you need to help a small frog navigate a rather busy road and get across a river without getting squished or getting drowned. On February this year, a skill-based version of this game called Frogger: Get Hoppin' was first tested at the MGM Grand Level Up gaming lounge and is found in some other locations, but this game has not been officially released yet.