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Pac Man was popular enough to make a Pac man cereal

The ghosts were named Oikake, Machibuse, Kimagure and Otoboke in the Japanese version

Pac Man was the first character in a video game

 

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Gold Dust PacMan:
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PacMan Moon:
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(Image from Nasa. Moon is Mimas, visible light picture on left, temperature map on right.)


Due to the sudden and long lasting popularity of Pacman its creators had to give the players something new and exciting. The most notable and significant was Ms PacMan. The game featured several changes such as faster gamplay, more mazes, new intermissions and moving bonus items.

Official PacMan games through the years

Arcade:
  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Ms. Pac-Man (1982)
  • Pac & Pal (1983)
  • Pac-Man & Chomp Chomp (1983)
  • Pac-Land (1984)
  • Pac-Mania (1987)
Console:
  • Pac-Attack (1993)
  • Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (1994)
  • Pac-In-Time (1995)
  • Pac-Man World (1999)
  • Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness (2000)
  • Pac-Man: Adventures in Time (2000)
  • Pac-Man World 2 (2002)
  • Pac-Man Fever (2002)
  • Pac-Man World 3 (2005)
  • Pac-Man World Rally (2006)
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition (2007)

Pacman was more than a game or a character, but a generation in its entirety. Only with pacman could everyone enjoy simple clean gaming fun, unlike today in which video games come with a myriad of buttons and most are violent. Next time you think the Halo's and GTA's changed the gaming world, just remember pacman managed to capture gamers imaginations so much it created a shortage of coins.

PacMan Game
Developed by Namco and distributed by Midway in the United States PacMan was released for the first time in 1980. PacMan was known as a peaceful game that hooked the attention of arcade enthusiasts of all ages. PacMan is an interesting maze game. The player takes charge of controlling PacMan finding his way through the maze while eating all the pac-dots. When that is accomplished, you are rewarded with a new maze. In this video game of PacMan four ghosts known as Pinky, Blinky, Clyde and Inky keep roaming the maze on the lookout to catch PacMan. When one of these ghosts catches up with PacMan the player loses a life. The game comes to an end as when all the lives get lost during the play. The maze also has flashing dots at the corners, which are four larger dots referred to as power pellets. The power pellets offer the temporary ability for PacMan to eat the ghosts. When a ghost is eaten by PacMan it finds its way to center box to be regenerated. The ghosts remain vulnerable for a particular amount of time, which decreases as you progress. Apart from the power pellets and dots, bonus items that take the form of fruit can be spotted near the center in the maze and give the player bonus points.

Path of Development
The game of PacMan was initially developed by To-ru Iwatani, an employee of Namco as it was set into motion during April 1979. It embraced the concept of eating, and was named as Pakkuman originally, which was made possible through the inspiration drawn for Paku, a Japanese folk hero who had a great reputation for appetite. Another source that had produced an influence came in the form a phrase paku-paku-taberu, where the words paku-paku is used to describe the sound pertaining to the movement of the mouth as when it gets opened and closed. When the game was to be released in North America the name was changed to PacMan.

Split-Screen
PacMan has no ending, as long as the player can hold on to at least one of their lives. With just a single life the player can extend the game indefinitely. This, however, is thwarted through the form of a bug. On the 256th level the entire right half of the maze shows random symbols. This makes the level unplayable.

Perfect play
Perfect play in PacMan is when the player achieves the maximum score possible in the first 255 levels. They must eat all the dots, fruit, power pellets and ghosts. This was first achieved on July 3, 1999 by Billy Mitchell.

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