Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are a powerhouse couple.
Most ‘80s kids have played arcade cabinets starring those yellow, round protagonists – but what of Jr. Pac-Man, or Baby Pac-Man for that matter?
The Arcade, the new ‘80s-inspired arcade in Old Town, is hosting a tournament next week that’s going to be all in the Pac family, so to speak.
As part of the Pac-Family Tournament, scheduled for March 1, participants will play all four of the vintage arcade cabinets, vying for top-score honors – and a custom glass Pac-Man trophy, said Derek Sorrells, co-owner of The Arcade.
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It will be the first tournament The Arcade has hosted – “and I use the word tournament kind of loosely, because tournaments in the past have always been serious things for serious players,” he said.
“We really want to have a tournament for everybody,” Sorrells said.
Here’s how it will work:
There are two categories: adults and under-18 players.
Participants in the tournament pay $5, on top of the $10 regular admission to the arcade. The four machines – Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Jr. Pac-Man and Baby Pac-Man – will be reserved for tournament participants. For the cost of admission, each guest can have three attempts on each machine.
While waiting their turn on the Pac-Man machines, guests can play any other machine in the arcade, as they are all set to free-play.
Staff members will keep track of scores, and the best and second-best finishers on each machine will get a certain amount of points.
The top adult and youth finishers at the end of the night win the tournament. The top adult finisher will win a custom-made glass Pac-Man trophy, Sorrells said.
The tournament will be from 6-9 p.m. March 1.
Sorrells said it’s the first of what he hopes will be many themed arcade tournaments.
“We want to do things a little differently than what might have been done in the past when it comes to tournaments,” he said.
The Arcade is at 139 N. Mead in Old Town.