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September 4, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Bandai-Namco offers Pac-Man Stories on Amazon's Echo line of Alexa voice assistants

Interactive Pac Man stories from Bandai-Namco
If you love playing Pac-Man stick with arcades. If you want to venture into an interactive Pac-Man story, just ask Alexa!
If you've ever read - or in our digital age, spoken with - one of those create-your-own-story books (or apps), then you are already familiar with this type of adventure. A cheerful voice tells a story and gives you options to choose from to steer the adventure based on your input. At a crossroads you simply speak the desired action and you continu to explore.

PAC-MAN Stories are geared for kids and perhaps those with an eccentric passion for Pac-Man. I have to admit I grinned when I heard the Pac-Man arcade theme erupt from my Echo Dot when the app launched. On a separate note, we also tried Runescape Quests which is similar in function, but geared to a somewhat older audience. Also worth a try.

Pac-Man Stories are told in a lively voice - not Alexa's droning tone. The AI is nicely implemented and comes back with witty replies when you don't follow the directions or the app becomes confused by your response. When you quit, there's an auto save so you can pick up where you left off. Considering the screen-time many kids rack up, listening to an Echo for a while is probably a good thing. It's fun and lively and comes from Namco - What's not to like? :)

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