Pac-Man (video game)

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Pac-Man (video game)
North American NES box art
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) Arcade platform icon Famicom Disk System platform icon NES platform icon Game Boy platform icon Game Boy Color platform icon Virtual Console (Wii) platform iconVirtual Console (3DS) platform iconVirtual Console (Wii U) platform icon
Genre(s) Maze

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Pac-Man is an important video game by Namco that was initially released in the arcades. It has been remade many times on various consoles, primarily including the Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, and both as Wii and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console games, though has also been included in tons of compilation titles.

In the game, you control a yellow circle with a triangular mouth. Pac-Man has to eat all the pellets within each maze to advance to the next, identical stage. Ghosts move about the stage, known as Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde. They can kill Pac-Man if he eats them, but once Pac-Man eats a large pellet, he can eat them. Fruit are available to increase the score.


The game was phenomenally successful. It was the first game to feature a recognizable main character. It spawned countless merchandise, a cartoon, and further games including one based on the cartoon. Various remakes were also created. The phenomenon was known as Pac-Man Fever, based on the song of the same name by Buckner and Garcia. Pac-Man is considered one of the best games of all time.

This game has turned into a series. The latest game in the series is Pac-Man Party.


The game was released to the Atari 2600, with initial success. However, the game's major differences killed sales. The ghosts are almost invisible, increasing difficulty. There were no fruit. Pac-Man was a circle, but his mouth was rectangular and moved up and down instead of the circular way of the arcade version. The dots were replaced with lines, and the game produced an annoying "donk" sound whenever they were eaten. This version was a notable contributor to the Video Game Crash of 1983.


  • Ms. Pac Man - An even more popular version featuring the first recognizable female character. The fruit now move around the maze.
  • Pac-Man Jr. - The child version of Pac-Man.


Pac-Man has received remakes still to this day, but many fans don't appreciate them. While some, like the Pac-Man World franchise (1999-2006), are some of the highest acclaimed games in the franchise, Namco decided to do a full reboot of the Pac-Man franchise. Known as Pac-Man & The Ghostly Adventures, this not-very-successful line of games, toys, and even a Disney TV show removed the classic cast of characters (excluding Jr. Pac-Man, now simply called "Pac") in exchange for a teenage gang that Jr. Pac-Man follows in hope of finding his dead parents (Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man). Along with this, Namco released various games for mobile devices and arcades that were essentially clones of games like Doodle Jump, Bejeweled, and Slam-A-Winner, as well as various "run" games like Temple Run and Subway Surfers. Even a collection of classic Pac-Man games known as Pac-Man Museum contains many references to this cartoon. While Namco managed to attract a new audience, this wasn't nearly as big of a crowd then they already had.


  • Pac-Man is the 2nd best-selling arcade game of all-time, with Ms. Pac-Man being the top-selling.

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