September 21, 2021
Hey! Have you heard about the Casio x PAC-MAN collaboration (A100WEPC) which is going to be released in September 2021?
PAC-MAN was one of the best memories of my childhood, is it yours too?!
PAC-MAN is an action maze chase game developed and released by Namco Limited for arcades in 1980. The player controls the eponymous character through an enclosed maze. The objective of the game is to eat all of the dots places in the maze while avoiding the four colour ghosts – Pinky (pink), Inky (cyan), Clyde (orange) and Blinky (red) – that pursue him.
I believe most of you did not know or almost forgotten that each of the four ghosts have their own unique, distinct and artificial intelligence (AI) or “personalities”; Pinky and Inky will always try to position themselves in front of PAC-MAN, usually by cornering him, Clyde will switch between chasing PAC-MAN and fleeing from him and Blinky gives direct chase to PAC-MAN.
The new A100WEPC watch is actually based on the recently released A100 watch, which reprises the design of the original F-100, including the unique four-button front layout. The F-100 was released in 1978 and is notable for being the first Casio quartz watch with a resin case, and has since become a rare collector’s item.
The styling of A100WEPC is designed to evoke the fun, retro look of the PAC-MAN game.
Do you know that in 2005, PAC-MAN was recognised by GUINNESS WORLD RECORD as the “most successful coin operated game”?
The watch face features colourful pixelated PAC-MAN and ghost characters, and the ILLUMINATOR logo in the center is even rendered using the PAC-MAN font!
The face design faithfully replicates the PAC-MAN game screen, down to details like the pink line marking the exit of the nest from which the ghosts emerge.
Hmmm.. Why is the watch case gold-plated? This is because it was inspired by the colour of the PAC-MAN arcade game cabinet!
PAC-MAN arcade game cabinet
The top watch band is laser etched with a rendering of PAC-MAN being chased by ghosts, and the reverse scene with PAC-MAN chasing ghosts is rendered on the bottom band.
Top and bottom band of A100WEPC
The case back also features the PAC-MAN logo and icons!
Furthermore, to better deliver the full look of the PAC-MAN game, the watch comes with special packaging imprinted with PAC-MAN character icons and the game score screen.
Dimension: 40.7 x 32.7 x 9.2mm
Battery life: approximately 3 years on a CR1616
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