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The classic Pac-Man
Developer(s) Namco
  • Namco EU
Atari, Inc. (ports)
Designer(s) Toru Iwatani
Programmer(s) Shigeo Funaki
Composer(s) Toshio Kai
Series Pac-Man
Platform(s) Arcade, Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, VIC-20, IBM PC, Intellivision, TI-99/4A, ZX Spectrum, NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color
Release date(s)
  • May 22, 1980 NA
Genre(s) Maze
Mode(s) Single-player
Cabinet Standard upright, mini-upright and cocktail
Arcade system Namco Pac-Man
CPU 1 × Z80 @ 3.072 MHz
Sound Namco WSG (three-channel mono)
Display Vertically oriented, 224 × 288, 16 palette colors

Pac-Man is an arcade video game that was made by Namco. It was released in 1980, and became very popular in the history of games.

In Pac-Man, the player makes a Pac-Man, a yellow disc, move around a maze. The goal is to eat every yellow pellet (circles) while not getting caught by the ghosts/monsters. For extra points, fruits that appear can also be eaten. When Pac-Man eats a white pellet, the ghosts turn blue and can be eaten. Even though the game has 256 stages, the last level can not be finished due to a problem with the creation of the game.

The game is called Puck Man in Japan. The game was named Pac-Man in the United States so that nobody could change the "P" to "F". There were many sequels and remakes based on the game. Hanna-Barbera made a animated TV show airing on ABC in the early 1970s. The game was also part of Namco Museum games. There is a Namco Museum Remix for the Wii.

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