Emulators on phones and PCs are fine, but they lack the authenticity of a real cabinet. That said, an original Pac-Man now costs a bundle of cash, requires restoration ability, and would take up half your living room.
Until now, because Quarter Arcades Pac-Man Replica Cabinet (£149.99 – it’s a UK site) shrinks the classic game to 25 per cent of its original size. This limited edition of 10,000 units is otherwise the real deal. Pac-Man zips about on a 5-inch colour TFT screen, waka-waka noises blaring from a 3W built-in speaker. The 430mm-high cabinet has the original art, a backlit marquee, and even a shrunk-down coin mechanism.
Feel like a giant playing an arcade classic this December – and shrink down your bank balance accordingly, too, when you discover Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaxian are also on the way.