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Five to Try: Pac-Man 256 is a remixed arcade addiction, and Bing preempts Google's Now on Tap

Andrew Hayward | Aug. 24, 2015
Another month, another great Pac-Man game? That seems to be the case. After Pac-Man Championship Edition DX put a fresh spin on the old classic in late July, this week sees the release of Pac-Man 256, an endless runner remix designed by the makers of the awesome Crossy Road. And it’s free, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot.

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Another month, another great Pac-Man game? That seems to be the case. After Pac-Man Championship Edition DX put a fresh spin on the old classic in late July, this week sees the release of Pac-Man 256, an endless runner remix designed by the makers of the awesome Crossy Road. And it’s free, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot.

Elsewhere this week, Microsoft beats Google to the punch with its Now on Tap-like feature in the updated Bing Search, while cable channel AMC launches its own streaming video app. Meanwhile, The Guides (and its companion app) should leave you plenty puzzled, and Mozilla Webmaker strives to enable easy content creation for just about anyone. Need some interesting new apps to dig into this weekend? Make these the first five on your list.

Pac-Man 256

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Can you keep pushing ahead without running into a ghost—or the glitch flood?

Pac-Man meets Crossy Road? Sign me up! It’s not hard to get behind the idea of Crossy Road maker Hipster Whale putting a unique spin on a classic gaming franchise, and the first impression here is a strong one. Pac-Man 256 sends you into the scrolling maze to eat dots and fruit while evading ghosts—and avoiding the ever-creeping mess of “glitched” code coming up from behind.

It’s a clever tribute to the garbled kill screen (level 256) of the original Pac-Man, plus that design gives the game a tense momentum as you push ever ahead. And now Pac has power-ups, like a laser that shoots out of his mouth, or a bomb that decimates nearby ghosts. Pac-Man 256 is a free-to-play game with regenerating credits, and you can buy a full load for $1 if you run out. However, if the addictive pull starts kicking in, you might consider shelling out $8 for the unlimited play unlock. It’s a steep price for a mobile game, but that might prove cheaper in the long run than topping up regularly.

Bing Search

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Hold down the home button to access Bing’s new Snapshot feature, which delivers contextual information tied into what you are viewing.

One of Android’s best features will get even better when Android Marshmallow introduces Now on Tap, an expansion of Google’s contextual assistant. With Now on Tap, you’ll be able to hold the home button anywhere to have Now analyze what’s on the screen and intelligently provide information that might help you at the moment. But Microsoft already beat it to the punch this week with an update to Bing Search.

 

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