Namco Bandai is bringing its legendary Pac-Man character into the next era of gaming.

The company has launched a free-to-play version of the original Pac-Man game exclusively for Google Play.  The company will also launch Pac-Man + Tournaments with a mode that will have people taking on one another through endless gameplay, social completion, and new content consistently arriving.  Achievements and other awards will be available as well, and downloadable content is already in the works.

"Pac-Man was the first video game available for Android phones back in 2008, and with Pac-Man +Tournaments, we’re excited to expand our Google Play lineup with a game that revitalizes that beloved gameplay for a whole new group of fans,” said James Kucera, Head of Mobile, Namco Bandai Games America Inc. “My favorite part is the balance of new and old – players will be excited about the new Tournament mode, while the leaderboards and friend system harken back to the competitive arcade atmosphere from Pac-Man's beginnings.”

Kudos to Namco for giving its old hero some new life.  Check out Pac-Man over at Google Play now…don't be afraid of ghosts!