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Pac Man set a new standard in arcade games, becoming the the most talked about game of it’s era. It’s simple, easy to play and great fun.

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Pac Man is a puzzle-style arcade game from Namco. It has played an extensive role in defining video games, and has majorly impacted the development of future titles.

Gameplay

The goal of Pac Man is for the player to eat pac-dots while making their way through a maze. There are four ghosts who wander the maze and try to stop Pac Man. If they touch Pac Man, then the player loses a life. If Pac Man eats a power pellet, then he has the ability to eat the ghosts as well. After being eaten, the ghosts disappear for a short time before becoming predators again. When all of the dots are eaten, the player is taken to the next level.

The ghosts in Pac Man are named Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, and they each have unique movement patterns. As such, the game remains fun to play and is has been designed to never get boring for the player.

World Records

There is no determined ending to the game. So long as the player has one life left, they can continue to play Pac Man indefinitely. What the player can achieve is something called Perfect Play, which occurs when the player earns the maximum possible score on the first 255 levels without losing a life. In 1999, the first person to achieve a Perfect Play was Billy Mitchell of Hollywood, Florida. In 2009, David Race from Ohio set a new record by achieving Perfect Play in 3 hours, 41 minutes and 22 seconds.

Success

What is very interesting about Pac Man is that it was not particularly popular at the time of its release. Arcade games like Space Invaders were more popular among video game players and distributors, so the game’s success was a huge shock to the industry. By 1982, Pac man had become the highest-grossing video game earning $1 billion in 18 months. By 2000, the franchise grossed about $10 million.

Pac Man was Namco’s first popular title, but it is not its only popular game. Over the years, Namco has created plenty of classic titles like Tekken, Soul Calibur and Ridge Racer. You will find Namco’s name on a wide range of video games today – and, it’s legacy all started with the classic arcade game Pac Man.

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