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Return of the Pac: Pac-Man World 3 announced

Yellow-bellied pill junkie celebrates his 25th birthday with yet another game

Whether you see Pac-Man as a comment on the bottomless hunger of modern consumerism or just a greedy-arsed pill popper, you can't deny that the wee bloke has a special place in the heart of every videogamer.

The Pac is so old-school that he's actually celebrating his 25th birthday this year, and instead of celebrating down the pub and getting so drunk that he sicks up on himself, he's releasing a new game called Pac-Man World 3.

Due on PS2, Xbox, GameCube, PC and PSP (but not DS, interestingly), Pac-Man World 3 will combine classic Pac action with modern platform gameplay principles. Pac-Dots, fruit and Power Pills will still form the basis of Pac-Man's diet, but new features include Power-Up Smoothies, new special moves, and the mysterious Pactrometer.

Pac-Man will also have to make pals with some old enemies to succeed. You'll even get the chance to play as Pinky and Clyde who will each have unique powers and abilites.

Toru Iwatani, creator of Pac-Man, reckons there's still room for him in the modern games industry. "Like all of us, Pac-Man has evolved over the years, changing with the times. People love Pac-Man because he's simple, cute and most important: FUN."

Namco will be handling publishing duties and Pac-Man World 3 should be out this autumn.