To help boost anticipation for its upcoming multiplayer arcade title Pac-Man Battle Royale for the billions of people who haven't played it at various gaming industry events, Namco America has dropped a brief demo for the game on the iPad App Store. The free trial lets two to four players play simultaneously, gobbling up pellets, ghosts and each other -- unfortunately, the thing only lasts for a single stage. We know! How unsatisfying.

After the demo, players are whisked away to the Pac-Man Battle Royale Facebook fan page, where they can look on an interactive map to find out where the game's nearest arcade machine is located. Now, if it were only capable of also tracking down three like-minded Pac-Fans in our area, we'd really be in business.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.