Last month (cutting it close here ;P ), Bandai Namco pulled back the curtain on a follow-up to their Pac-Man’s Arcade Party classic multi-game system. The new version, Pac-Man’s Pixel Bash, offered 31 games to play for coin-operated entertainment at arcades, bars, FECs and other out-of-home venues. Here is that model as seen at the debut event, Bowl Expo ’18:
While I was at that expo, Bandai Namco reps mentioned that they had a non-coin home version in the works, mentioning a built-in mini fridge and other features that would appeal to “man cave” situations. Such features would be unusual for a major manufacturer to undertake, but they went ahead and did it with the freshly announced Pac-Man’s Pixel Bash Chill cabinet. Per the press release: “The Chill Cab includes a fridge, two cup holders on either side of the cabinet, and a bottle opener in the middle for easy access.” The game roster is exactly the same as the coin-op version with one notable addition: Ms. Pac-Man. As discussed the last time this issue came around, Ms. Pac-Man is a difficult game to offer for coin-operated/commercial play. The title has been available on other non-coin Namco multi-game cabinets and here it is no different. This brings the Chill version of Pixel bash up to 32 games.
Here is the cabinet: