‘Pac-Man’ Now Features a Sonic the Hedgehog Crossover

There’s an unexpected cameo in the latest update to Pac-Man [Free], and it’s Sonic the Hedgehog? Huh? Yes, the blue speedster, most famously known for going fast, is now in a limited-time Dash maze in Pac-Man for iOS and Android. Sonic is trying to collect rings instead of pellets, invisibility power-ups instead of powerup pellets, and friendly woodland creatures instead of fruit, keys, and Galaxians. It’s kind of an odd pairing, but it kind of makes sense? Sonic is trying to go fast, and nothing compels him to go faster than being trapped in a maze, hunted down by robots…that then become ghosts. It is disturbing that the creatures that Sonic normally frees are now the items to eat. Hmm. Not everything was going to be a perfect 1:1 pairing, I suppose.

If you want to give Sonic in Pac-Man a shot, the update is available now. If you haven’t played Pac-Man on mobile in a while, the game now has a whole free-to-play economy. You can earn or buy tokens to unlock new sets of mazes, which award crowns, which are then used to unlock the Tournaments portion of the game. You can just play classic Pac-Man if you want, with all 256 original levels, and you can pay $ 2.99 (with a $ 0.99 special offer) to remove ads permanently. The Sonic Dash mazes are available for free in the Pac-Man app for iOS and Android right now.

Update: If you can’t get enough Sonic/Pac-Man crossovers, then good news: you can now unlock Pac-Man in Sonic Dash! [Free]

What a time to be alive!

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Sonic weapons probably didn’t cause mysterious diplomat illnesses in Cuba, doctors say

After months of rumors, doctors have published the first detailed report describing the mysterious illness that struck US diplomats stationed in Cuba. While the source of the illness is still a mystery, the doctors say they’re “pretty certain” it wasn’t a sonic weapon.

Doctors examined 21 people associated with the US embassy in Cuba, and found that their symptoms resembled those caused by brain injuries — including headaches, sleep disturbances, and mood changes. But surprisingly, none of the diplomats showed any obvious signs of head trauma, according to a paper published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“This is really concussion without concussion,” says study co-author Douglas Smith, director of the…

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Sonic CD Classic is the latest SEGA Forever release on the Play Store

Sega has been releasing new Android games for their SEGA Forever program on a bi-weekly basis for quite a while now. Sonic CD Classic is the latest to hit the Play Store. It is, of course, an HD port of the classic Sega CD platformer. Just like every other SEGA Forever release, Sonic CD Classic is a free-to-play title with a single $ 1.99 in-app purchase to remove the game’s plentiful advertisements.

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‘Sonic’ designer Yuji Naka joins Square Enix

Here's a game industry move you probably weren't expecting: Sonic the Hedgehog co-designer Yuji Naka has joined Square Enix. He'll continue to pursue game development, but he isn't exactly dropping many hints as to what's next. Naka wants to make an…
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Programmer of Sonic The Hedgehog launches Legend of Coin on Android and iOS

Japanese programmer Yuji Naka is best known for leading the team that created the original Sonic The Hedgehog. He’s moved on from the speedy blue hero since then, launching his own company based in Tokyo – Prope Games. Legend of Coin is the developer’s latest project, and is totally different from the platformer he’s known for. It fuses the fun of coin pushers with the addictive quality of monster collecting.

Gameplay in Legend of Coin revolves around a coin pusher covered with silver pennies. Throw more coins on the shelf to nudge the ones closest off and into your wallet. These can then be lobbed back in, or used to purchase bonuses from the shop.

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