How to Go for a Pac-Man 256 Chain

Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver and Crossy Road developer Hipster Whale have launched Pac-Man 256. In Pac-Man 256, the player is chased through an endless maze by the glitch. In addition to the classic Power Pellets, the game has new power-ups which grant stealth abilities, tornados, and laser beams.

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The game is available as a free download on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon stores. Bandai Namco has also provided the option of buying pac man 256 outright, which removes all free-to-play elements.


  • Pac-Man perfectly reinvented for your mobile phone or tablet
  • Outsmart ghosts with over 15 ridiculous power ups: Laser, Tornado, Giant and much more
  • Stay ahead of the super-villain lurking in Pac-Man since the beginning: The Glitch
  • Take on a new gang of revived retro-ghosts including Sue, Funky, and Spunky
  • Waka waka on PAC-DOTS and string a 256 combo for a super special surprise
  • Controller support
  • Play it on NVIDIA SHIELD

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How to Go for a Pac-Man 256 Chain

Aiming for a 256 chain requires a different playstyle. There are two Game Center leaderboards for Pac-Man 256. The first tracks overall high scores, the obvious goal of the game. The second tracks the number of times you’ve reached a pellet chain of 256. Getting a high pellet chain is easiest if you go into the run with that specific intention and plan ahead.

First in Pac-Man 256, power-ups’ placement on the board can be distracting and make it difficult to see gaps between pellets. If you want to use power-ups for a high chain run, we’d recommend defensive and avoidance ones like Stealth or Bomb. Freeze can also come in handy, but you run the risk of getting stuck behind a slow-moving ghost with it active.

Grab power pellets as protection, not as a score boost. On a high chain run in Pac-Man 256, you’ll want to mostly avoid ghosts, but sometimes that won’t be possible. Pick up power pellets that are along your path but don’t seek out ghosts. Just use them as a way to ensure you can continue moving forward uncontested.

Always look ahead. Plan your path at least two moves in advance and be aware of where gaps and ghosts are. You won’t be able to backtrack on a high chain run without losing your chain, so being able to consistently move to a new location is key.

You can stop if need be. Although you can’t go backwards, you can stop moving and retain your chain. So if you hit a wall and need to wait for a ghost to pass, feel free. Pac-Man will retain the chain indefinitely while stopped and will pick it right back up as long as he continues eating pellets once you move on.

Finally Pac-Man 256, use the bottom of the maze to your advantage. Pac-Man spawns with a bit of maze underneath him that usually contains just pellets and one ghost. You can build up the start of your chain down here easily before the glitch catches up, usually reaching about 32 in a chain at least.