At this point I’m pretty sure ANY Pac-Man game will get my attention and will also end up being something that’ll just keep me playing over and over. It’s been doing that since the whole “Championship Edition” versions have been released. And it’s doing it again with some slinky little free game (free with a subscription to Nintendo’s online component): Pac-Man 99.
For those not familiar with the “99” series or any sort of number (they just finished a year of Mario 35), it’s where you are competing against 98 other players. And everyone’s actions send obstacles to other players. Everyone is battling to stay alive until none are left. It’s a battle royal, but…less personal since you’ve no idea who is attacking you or who you’re specifically targeting as well. You just play. I can’t place better than 4th so far. But, the hook is there and it keeps pulling me back in.
Until I found Cozy Grove.
In the meantime, Ubisoft, it’s been 2,798 days since the last Splinter Cell release (non-animated series or guest spot in another game franchise or VR exclusive).