Overview:

  • Estimated trophy difficulty: 1.5/10 (Trophy Difficulty Rating)
  • Offline trophies: 10 (7, 1, 2)
  • Online trophies: 0
  • Approximate amount of time to 100%: 20+ Hours (Estimated Time to 100%)
  • Minimum number of playthroughs: 100+ "Arcade" Runs
  • Number of missable trophies: None
  • Glitched trophies: None
  • Does difficulty affect trophies?: No Difficulty Setting
  • Do trophies stack?: No
  • Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheat codes available


Introduction:

Developed by Hipster Whale and published by Namco Bandai, Pac-Man 256 for the PS4 is actually a port of the mobile game on IOS and Android devices. For context, this game is based off of the unbeatable 255th level on the original Pac-Man, where the game would glitch out and the game's hexcode in the 8-bit processor wouldn't register any number larger than 255: causing the 255th level to be an endless maze. True to its name, Pac-Man 256 is an endless maze that has you eating pellets and ghosts while collecting power-ups, until your inevitable "Game Over".

Trophy wise the game is easy to 100% as there are practically no "difficult" trophies, but that isn't to say that it won't take any effort: as the two gold trophies are very time consuming and will be the brunt of your time spent working for your 100%.

General Tips:

  • When you start a game, the game will not start immediately: it will only start when you press to move Pac-Man. This will allow you to survey the randomly generated maze and allow you to plan out a clear path in advance: be sure to use this to your advantage while trying to obtain Super 256.
  • When you pause the game at any time, you will receive a countdown when you resume it. If you ever need to take a break feel free to do so in comfort knowing that you won't be blindsided by a ghost immediately when you return to your game.
  • There are three types of "special" ghosts: Gray/Sleeping, Pink, and Green/Indigo/Purple. The gray ghosts will appear like they're sleeping, but when you come into their line of sight from any open pathway, they will pursue you relentlessly before falling back to sleep after about 8 seconds. These ghosts are dangerous not because of how they pursue you, but because if you they fall asleep in between a two way exit, another ghost can easily block you in for a game over. Pink ghosts are similar in that regard, you'll see them stationary until you cross their path. They are the fastest type of ghost and you cannot outrun them. You must switch routes to avoid them, as they are like the "multi colored" ghosts, which can only travel in one linear path, and have a big delay before they can travel to the next one. Finally, the multi colored ghosts travel in fours in a straight line horizontally. They move back and forth from one end to the other on that line, and can make your efforts for a quick escape difficult if you can't predict how fast it will take for them to get to the other side.
  • From the moment you start the game, coding will constantly rise up from the bottom of the screen working its way to the top (it will kill you if you get too deep in it, but you can slightly touch the outer edge of it), you can't afford to stay in one place for too long if the ghosts weren't incentive enough to keep you moving. Likewise, if coding randomly come from off screen and lands on the maze: that either means a power-up or a new ghost has been spawned on the location where the coding landed.


Walkthrough:

Pac-Man 256 has only offline related trophies, and the ones that don't involve grinding for power-ups will either come naturally or can be worked towards while simultaneously working towards something else. You are free to approach these trophies in any order because you will eventually get to the grinding segment of your run, but I will still detail my recommended order.

Step 1: Get a feel for the game

In preparation for your grinding later in this run, you should first try to play and enjoy the game while learning the flow of it: as it is noticeably different than other Pac-Man titles. While learning how to play the game, you should get a few of the easier trophies like playing a Multiplayer game and eating 64 fruits in Singleplayer out of the way.

At the end of this step, you will have earned the following trophies:

Staying Healthy
Wakka Wakka


Step 2: "Eating" Related Trophies

Once you're comfortable with the game, you should begin trying to earn the few skill related trophies that the game offers such as eating 256 dots in a row and eating 16 ghosts with one power pellet. You'll most likely unlock other trophies that have similar objectives to the above two.

At the end of this step, you will have earned the following trophies:

Ghost Hunter
Dot Muncher
Super 256
Multiplied Mayhem

Step 3: Power-Up Grinding

The last and most time consuming part of your playthrough will consist of you obtaining every power-up in the game and maxing all of them out (total of 8 levels for each power-up) during this step you will also work on completing missions: as they will help you obtain the money needed to max everything out.

At the end of this step. you will have earned the following trophies:

All Powered Up
Maximum Power
Game Over
Mission Complete

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Pac-Man 256 Trophy Guide

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10 trophies ( 7  )

  • Unlock every powerup

    You will obtain this while working towards Maximum Power. There is a total of 21 power-ups in the game, and you must unlock them all in order to earn this trophy. At the end of each game, the amount of dots (this is not your score) that you ate will be totaled and depending on how many you ate "Pac-Man" will move closer to unlocking the next power-up. Each power-up requires that you eat a certain amount of dots to unlock it, and while they may start it out at 500 or 1,000 dots: by the time you get to the final seven you'll find yourself eating near 10,000 dots just to unlock one power-up. This is the second most time consuming part of earning the 100%, as it is reliant on how many dots you manage to eat per game. If you can average about 1,000 dots per game, then you'll find yourself getting a new power-up every hour or so.

    To make this process faster, aim to optimize the paths you take while playing. Try to only focus on going through routes that offer dots, when you eat a power pellet or have a power-up active don't go out of your way to eat ghosts: just use that as extra time to earn more dots without having to worry about ghosts.

  • Fully Upgrade a powerup

    Please see Game Over.

  • Fully upgrade every powerup

    The biggest obstacle in your way to obtaining 100%, you must upgrade all 21 power-ups to their maximum level to obtain this trophy. To break this down, each power-up has eight levels that you must purchase in order to upgrade it to the next level, they are as follows:

    Level 1: 16 Coins
    Level 2: 32 Coins
    Level 3: 64 Coins
    Level 4: 128 Coins
    Level 5: 256 Coins
    Level 6: 512 Coins
    Level 7: 1,024 Coins
    Level 8: 2,048 Coins

    So in total, you will need 4,080 Coins to fully upgrade one power-up for Maximum Power, and 85,680 Coins to fully upgrade all 21 power-ups for this trophy. What makes this difficult is that there are only three ways to obtain coins in the game: picking up Coins (only worth 3 - 5 Coins) while playing the game, from completing missions, and from "gifts" that you will randomly receive after completing each game. Both missions and gifts have four set amounts that you will randomly receive: 128, 256, 512, or 1024 Coins. Receiving 1024 Coins from either of those ventures is a rarity, and going out of your way to obtain coins in game isn't really worth it. As there are no micro transactions, the only way to obtain these coins is to complete missions for the coins and receive gifts until you eventually have enough to upgrade everything.

  • Eat 64 Fruit pickups in singleplayer

    You will most likely obtain this naturally while working towards other trophies or from completing in game missions that will require you to eat a certain amount of a specific fruit. Have Pac-Man eat 64 fruit pickups to earn this trophy (the fruit eaten are cumulative, this does not have to be done in one game).

  • Eat 64 Ghosts while using a Power Pellet in singleplayer

    You will most likely obtain this naturally while working towards other trophies or from completing in game missions that will require you to eat a certain amount of ghosts. Have Pac-Man eat 64 ghosts while he is in "Power Pellet" mode to earn this trophy (the ghosts eaten are cumulative, this does not have to be done in one game).

  • Eat 2048 Pac-Dots in singleplayer

    You will earn this trophy naturally while working towards Game Over, have Pac-Man eat a total of 2,048 dots (this is not your in game score) to earn this trophy (the dots eaten are cumulative, this does not have to be done in one game).

  • Complete 16 missions

    Missions are in game objectives that you will be tasked with completing in order to earn Coins. You'll receive mission information when you start a game (will show up at the top of the screen), and when you complete a game (second box down). Missions are composed of actions such as "Use "X" power-up to kill "X" amount of ghosts" or similar actions. Complete 16 missions to unlock to this trophy.

  • Score a 256 in singleplayer

    For clarification, this trophy is not asking you to obtain a "score" of 256 in a game: it means you must eat 256 dots in a row without stopping to earn the trophy. When you eat dots, you'll see numbers appear from behind you denoting how many dots you've eaten in a row: if you go past a space where there is no dot, a number will appear behind you in bright yellow letting you know what your streak was. This trophy can be frustrating, because it does involve some luck as the mazes are randomly generated, so not every route will be the same. You need to always think ahead about where you want to be next and how you're going to avoid ghosts: because if you have to happen be on a path with dots and a ghost comes on it you'll have no choice but to get out of the way and start fresh.

  • Earn a x16 Ghost Multiplier from a Power Pellet in singleplayer

    Another trophy that is luck dependent, you must eat 16 ghosts in a row without the "Power Pellet" power-up deactivating, if you happen across another one after you've already eaten one then you're fine, you just can't let it end if you want the streak to keep going. It's almost impossible to get this with only one Power Pellet, so you have to move around and see if there are any Power Pellets or "square dots" near you. Eating multiple ghosts in quick succession also gives you a generous time increase. My general suggestion is to avoid going out of your way to eat faraway ghosts, and only eat ghosts that are close to you. If you're having difficulty getting this trophy, below is a video displaying how I managed to receive it:

  • Play a multiplayer game

    From the Main Menu go to "Multi Player", sign in a second controller and start the game. Kill both you and the second player, once the game ends the trophy will unlock.

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