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Pac-Man is one of the most recognizable video games in history, even at today's levels. Pac-Man is a Japanese creation, created by Namco, and in 1982 it was released in the united states. Pac-Man was huge success and become a major icon of popular gaming culture. Pac-man managed to inspire a cereal, an animated television series and a top 40 pop single.

The look of Pac-Man was inspired by a pizza with a slice missing. Namco designer Tohru Iwatani had pizza for lunch and the rest is history.

Pac-Man became one of the best-selling coin-operated games in history. Over 350,000 Pac-Man machines were made and sold around the world.

The original Pac-Man game was comprised of 256 levels. Due to a bug, however, only the first 255 levels are playable. The right half of level 256 is a jumbled mess and the level can not be finished. So, the highest attainable score is 3,330,360 which can only be achieved by eating every fruit, dot, power pellet and blue ghost for 255 levels.

Due to Pac-Man's sudden and long lasting popularity Namco was forced to give gamers something new. The most notable and significant was Ms. Pac-Man which featured several improvements and changes such as faster gamplay, more mazes, new intermissions and moving bonus items. Others not take of in such scope were and were later discontinued and forgotten.

Pac-Man Sequels:

  • Ms. Pac-Man (1982)
  • Super Pac-Man (1982)
  • Pac & Pal (1983)
  • Pac-Man & Chomp Chomp (1983)
  • Pac-Land (1984)
  • Pac-Mania (1987)
  • 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)
  • Ms. Pac-Man: Quest for the Golden Maze (2001)
  • Pac-Man All Stars (2002)
  • Pac-Man World 2 (2002)
  • Pac-Man Fever (2002)
  • Pac-Man Vs. (2003)
  • Pac-Man Pinball Advance (2005)
  • Pac-Pix (2005)
  • Pac 'n Roll (2005)
  • Pac-Man World 3 (2005)
  • Pac-Man World Rally (2006)
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition (2007)
  • Pac-Man World 4: Spooky Returns (2008)


Pac-Man was more than just a game, but to an entire generation it was became a culture. Only with Pac-Man could all generations sit down and enjoy a fun game, unlike today in which videos game are known as pieces of violent gaming technology. Pac-man attracted doctors, kids, lawyers, grandparents all to play. Next time you think Halo and Grand theft auto changed our gaming world, just think Pac-Man managed to capture our imaginations so much it even created a shortage of yen coins in the country.

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