Pacman is one of the most known and recognisable games all over the world. Almost every one at least once played in some kind of Pacman games, but a few knows, that the origins of the game date back to japanese company Namco, and more precisely – Toru Iwatani, one of its employees. At first he called it Pakku-Man (what was the Japanese word for eaiting by snapping mouth) , but after a while he decided to change it into Puck Man. Although, this name didn’t catch on in English-speaking countries because of the noticeable similarity to the very popular F-word :) When Pacman was released, most arcade video games in North America were primarily space shooters such as Space Invaders, Defender, or Asteroids. The most visible minority were sports games that were mostly derivative of Pong. Pacman succeeded by creating a new genre and appealing to males and, what was unusual, females. Pacman is often credited with being a landmark in video game history, and is among the most famous arcade games of all time. This funny and amusing game have lots of fans despite it’s quite old – however it’s hard to believe but Pacman is 29 years old! Despite the lapse of time, plain graphics this game and lots of other pacman-like games still do not lose in popularity.

For those, who had never played in Pacman – the idea of it is to use the arrow keys on your computer keyboard to move Pacman through the maze and eat all the white dots. The game becomes complicated because Pacman must avoid the four ghosts, named Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde, who can kill him. Pacman can, however, eat a power pill, which allows him to eat the ghosts, and he can earn extra points by eating fruit which appears in the maze on occasion.

Eating the power pills does have an interesting affect on the ghosts. They change color to deep blue and change direction, moving slowly. The game ends when all the lives have been lost. It is possible to play all 256 levels for maximum points yet not lose a life, but it is not quick nor is it easy to do.

The Word record, which is unbreakable, set Billy Mitchell on 3rd of July in 1999. His highscore is 3,333,360 points (on 256 boards) – he reached it in six hours. The least 257 is impossible to pass – the half of it is deformed. There is no board after it – the author of Pacman didn’t expect that someone could get so high. Bill Mitchell playing Pacman had eaten all of the dots, special dots, all scared ghosts and fruit bonuses, which appear only twicely on one board. He didn’t miss not a single dot! After that, he set a special award – 100 000 dollars – for a person, who will pass the least 257 split-screen level. Still, nobody manage to do this.

In 1982 the band Buckner and Garcia recorded a song called Pacman Fever, where the sounds from the game were used. After the song became a hit, they released Pacman Fever, a full album consisting entirely of songs about arcade video games. In the eighties the game was so popular that the companies make a lot gadgets with Pacman – cubs, stickers, cartoons, even pyjamas. But the game is still inspiration for companies – in 2008, Crystal Sky bought laws to make a movie about Pacman – the rumour says, that he would be a hero in a city where ghosts are haunting people and, of course, fights with them.

The company Namco, encouraged the success of Pacman, released subsequent pacman games: they were enriched with shooting capability, more ghosts or Pacman’s assistants (such as Mirru or his dog, Chomp Chomp), or made in 3d graphics. Namco made also a lot of pacman games, some kind different from the original idea – such as puzzle games ( Pac-Attack), adventure games (Pacman World), or even kart racer (Pacman World Rally). Apart from the official pacman games, there are those non-official, pacman-like versions, which plot and design are similar to the original Pacman – for example, Njam (the idea remains, but the maze and characters look different) or Pacuby.

The first Pacman World Championship was held on June 5th in 2007 in New York. Ten competitors from eight countries take part in it. In the end, for the title of Pacman World Champion contested just two players: Robert Glashuettner of Austria and Carlos Daniel Borrego of Mexico. Finally, Borrego won and received the title with an Xbox 360 console, specially decorated and signed by the author of the game, Toru Iwatani.

Pacman received many awards, not only from players, but even from the Guiness World Record – in eight categories. One of them was, of course, “First Perfect Pacman Player” for Billy Mitchell’s on July 3rd in 1999. The others which were, for example, “Most Successful Coin-Operated Game” and “Largest Pacman Game”. The lattest dotyczyła a group of students from New York University who played in pacman in reality, precisely in Manhattan. They called their project Pac-Manhattan and it was simply based on the well-known game, but the characters became real – all of players were dressed as Pacman or as ghosts. It’s not difficult to guess what they were doing – just chasing around the city blocks, using cellular phones to communicate :)

136 Responses to “Pacman”
  1. pacman fan says:

    I really love this game. Pacman was one of my favorites game along with keysotne kapers and donkey kong. As I remember it was called Jr. Pac-man on atari 2600.

  2. Tayari says:

    Like the information but… there was a kid in Pasadena, CA who has the World record for PacMan and Ms PacMan… with over 7million and 10 million points and a perfect game over a 100 times… His name is Jabari. He was about 7 years old. If you can find a news paper, Pasadena Star News from 1982? He was on the TV SHOW, ” Thats Incredible” He is in there. He played nonstop for hours. The video Arcade was called the STAR Courser on Colorado Blvd. That kid was a genius there was no one on earth that could beat him.

  3. tina says:

    hi ilove these games they are sooooooooooo cooooooooooooollllllll

  4. sina says:

    hey you guysssssssss i love pacman games they are soooooooooooo ccccccccccoooooooooooooolllllllllllllllll

  5. anita says:

    i love pacman i bet you guys i can go to the 5th level my friends never did so i bet you guys i can beat my friends score oh yay i rock love pacman

  6. kenny says:

    I LOVE this game it the BEST game ever i played and its soooooooooooooooooo cccccoooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. jeremy says:

    dear pacman creators
    i think im the best at pacman because i made it all the way to level five! yesthhhhhh
    i think my score is the highest one nationally, i mean come on its the highest at my houseee :) yayyyyyy

    ps i love m manning <3 she has a donkkk

    ttyl. bye.pz

  8. Hey guys I love mario pacman because its like mario and hes in a warp pipe and I love mario !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. *BeLLa* says:

    Ahahahahahah I loooovve these games&& heart the mario one its soo adorable lol I’M a Pacman Freakkkk…. woooo pacman <3

  10. haruka says:

    dude i got to level 5 three times awsome and anita your the nly person that one yayayay:)

  11. PK Bansal says:


    Is there any official pacman gamers website / url / blog spot wherein we can discuss with other pacman game players / lovers.

    My highest is 276740.

  12. Cristy says:

    I love pacman game

  13. alexa says:

    this game is awesome when i played it the first time i won and i got to level 2 .although I didn’t get to any other level, its still the best game I ever played

  14. lola says:

    i have this game on my phone but its easier to play it on the computer

  15. KINKIIE says:

    I do looooooooooooorve pacman. i can get up to level 15! me friend cant even get past level 1! 😀 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  16. lara says:

    i love this game 😛 i cant stop playing it like xxxxxxxxxxx

  17. milly says:

    my highset level i got up to is level 7 its hard but cool my highst score is 4,00089 thats high alright

  18. Jade says:

    I love pacman

    My highest score is 278950

  19. sangeeta says:

    I like this game very much.Every day i play pacman.

  20. marigona says:

    this game is beautiful I love it

  21. JAGADISH says:


  22. cutie says:

    man i got to seven but ima keep trying…

  23. Lea says:

    I <3 this game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)))))))))

  24. Lea says:

    😀 !!!!!!!

  25. biggest fan says:

    Level 7 its hard but i like this game !!<3

  26. Taaylor says:

    ahahahaah this is fun but retarded its like 1 against 6

  27. BENCHWARMER(: says:


  28. Yumna Ismail-(12) says:

    :) 😛 :)

  29. BENCHWARMER(: says:

    thiss game gott prettyy boringg!!!!! hahahahahahhahaha jkjkjkjk still luv this game<33

  30. BENCHWARMER(: says:

    l lost so freakennnnnn sadddddd); but stilll luvv thiss game<33

  31. antonja says:

    pacman is the best game ever

  32. ALONDRA GARCIA says:


  33. ruchi says:

    the most popular and the oldest game i love playing it…:)

  34. rabia says:

    i love this game….. this game is sooooooo coooooooollllllllllllllllllllll………..

  35. ansa says:

    i like dis game very muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<3 <3

  36. SOBIA KHAN says:


  37. pacman says:

    i love pacman
    game or life(3

  38. mlongecha says:

    how are you today looking new game is name pacman game thanks tank you

  39. masoka says:

    what are you doing too today I’M played games thanks look new games is names pacman games thank you In think games

  40. sam says:

    i love packy

  41. lauren says:

    Very addictive but great game!

  42. TIKA says:


  43. Manish says:

    Today I have reached to 6th Level

  44. Pranav says:

    I completed 17 leveals and that time my score is near about 1,90,000 very interesting game

  45. Manish says:

    This game has 256 Level and I have just reached to 6th Level

  46. pacmanfan1996 says:

    loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee pacman

  47. paclive4116 says:

    pacman lovet allllot the best

  48. Fida says:

    It’s like kind a tough and easy but….
    Whatever it is I luv this:!)

  49. saima tahir says:

    very intersting game i like ittttttttttt

  50. brian says:

    i love dis game takes my mind of things

  51. pacman 232 says:

    hey how do they know if we pass the world record and

  52. caitlin says:

    imon to level 2

  53. Tina says:

    wow i finish all the leevels that was so easy
    i bet i can do it in my sleep ha easy peas lemon squeasy

  54. parthadam says:


  55. pacman :) says:

    I love Pacman. I just got to level 2.

  56. ZOE says:

    I AM ON TO LEVEL 5 …..!

  57. ZOE says:


  58. sim says:

    <3 to pacman

  59. Mamoon Rasheed says:

    I LIKE & Love THIS GamE>>>>>> >>>> >>>> >>> >>>> >>>>>>>>
    >>> >>>> >>>> >>>> >>>>> >>>> >>>> >>> >>>> >>>>>>

  60. Steven says:

    HATE THIS GAME XD i can never get past the frist level

  61. Meehir Patel says:

    I reached level 219 you bunch of fails !

  62. Mamoon Rasheed says:

    i LIKE IT >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  63. asad says:

    it reduces mental stress

  64. asad says:

    it reduces mental stress

  65. Ty'keasha says:

    dix qme ix so mch fun bt i hate wen dey b eatin me b4 i qet a chance 2 eat dem bt itx all gud…….i thnk yall need 2 qet mre pac-man qmex lol

  66. Jeremy says:

    love so much this game………… :-))

  67. dalal says:

    i love his game because it like mario games

  68. meena says:

    i loveeeeeee thisssss gameeeee but i wantt pac-womennnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  69. kaitlyn says:

    i luv pacman its one of the best games i play execpt for blackops and other games. i dont play alot cause im on a heat basket ball team buy i luv to play.IM AWSOME AT THE GAME 2 I BEAT ALL OF MY FRIENDS AT IT 5TH AND 6TH. luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BYE TTYL :) 😉

  70. anita says:

    so cool and relaxing

  71. loveJB says:

    me love this game it one of the most games i play… <3

  72. venus says:

    i love

  73. harees says:

    i lve this game it is sick the red one is the cheekiest.

  74. ricayaoliver says:

    pac man is a great game.

  75. marryjane says:

    I love packman i play each and every game :)!

  76. Mamoon Rasheed says:

    Packman I LIKE THIS GAME>>>>>>>>>GRATE>>>>>>>>>>>LOVE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LIKE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  77. jakethebudda says:

    this is the oldest game ever in the world and the hardest LOL

  78. Merabi says:

    I love this game it’s fun!!!!

  79. PacMan says:

    soooooo funny =)) but i am very bad at the game ;P only Level 5 :/ bääääääh

  80. edward jg says:

    I completed 39 levels straight my score was 1,000,000,000,000,099,5,067 so now I hold the record

  81. lovely says:

    nice…..awesome games every one should play

  82. Winja says:

    This game is awesome. Level 20 =]
    The hard thing is two can trap you in a corner (that happened a lot to me :3).

  83. alina says:

    it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo coooooooooooooooooooool

  84. shweta says:

    i love this game…….i love pacman….<3

  85. zariShi says:

    itsssssss awsomeeeeeee i jus luv it <3

  86. ranbeer singh says:

    packman game is very lovely game

  87. pac man fan says:

    hey guys pac man is so awsome and ive been to level 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 I LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE PAC MAN

  88. courtney says:

    pacman it the best game in the world in got up yo level 3 to is so hard but it is so good doe

  89. selena says:

    hey u guys i love the game pacman soooo much i just love it

  90. selena says:

    hey u guys i am back so people can u tell me what u think of the gama pacman and i well write back to u

  91. makgobela says:

    i love pacman games it helps to relax and reduce some stress mostly it intertain me

  92. molly says:

    i love pac man is so good

  93. gabi.lee62 says:

    i love this game [[happy]]

  94. kali. (-: says:


  95. karman says:

    ilove this this game i won 3 times.

  96. em666 says:

    boy i like packman

  97. em666 says:

    alltho i like packman :-) i still carnt get past level one :-( oh well i will have to keep trying 😐

  98. ruby says:


  99. em666 says:


  100. nawdhary says:

    his game is simply awesome!!

  101. nawdhary says:

    this game is simply awesome!!

  102. nashaad says:

    not cool

  103. Debbie says:

    I only found this game yesterday and I love it

  104. laila says:


  105. ASHLAY says:


  106. pacwomen says:

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😉 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  107. Victor says:

    I can only get to the grape level but i always keep trying as it is fun and is a nice, relaxing game.

  108. abeera says:

    i don t like this game

  109. ujevara says:

    you si keri pacman

  110. james rafael says:

    this game is very easy, but lv2 is not easy..

  111. lindsy says:

    pacman rocks

  112. HODEN says:


  113. MUFFIN says:

    i love this game loll

  114. sameeha says:

    hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! guys i just loveeee this its easy but still im in 1 level

  115. natali4e says:

    who ever say that they reached to the level 17 is a lier

  116. Bob says:

    my score is over 995678043

  117. lovely annie says:

    i love this game soooooooooooooooo much

  118. lovely annie says:

    i love this game soooooooooooooooo much

  119. lovely annie says:

    i love this game soooooooooooooooo much :-()

  120. maria teresita says:

    I really miss this game since I was a kid I used to play this game on Attari HAHAHAHAHA~~!!!.. Those were the daysssssssssssssss….. I wish I’m still a kid HAHAHAHA~~!!!.. I LOVE PACMAN (^O^)!!!

  121. gerry says:

    Pac man is my favorite game and i love to play pacman

  122. gerry says:

    hello i love to play pacman

  123. gerry says:

    hey i love pacman

  124. nice gerry says:

    hey i love to play pacman

  125. 5564432 says:

    i love pac-man becouse when i frist play it i wis scared i lat my bother try it he got to level 4 i got mad i said nooooooooooooooooooo

  126. 10 says:

    made it 2 level 10 one time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  127. tj says:

    luff pacman doodez

  128. sharon says:

    any time i try it doesn’t win it makes me gggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so angry i feel like breaking the screen of the laptop.

  129. sharon says:

    i all feel like playing the game but when i played the game i tried again,again,and again and it made me ggggggggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr tigery angry but don’t worry let me just wys’lij komentarz

  130. sharon says:

    good bye baby boy new baby go pacman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahaha,ooohhh baby pacman good bye………………ooohhh yeah oooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww wwwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooo.

  131. Ariella says:

    I like playing Pacman games and his wife Ms.Pacman.And I also like their baby.Baby Pacman.

  132. Tom says:

    Keep in mind that he was Billy Mitchell’s high score was done on the old,original arcade game with a joystick not the keyboard arrows. Using the joystick is a lot easier than a keyboard.

  133. fateeha says:

    you dont love this game very much when you are asked to make it in the first semester of software engineering:P:(

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