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Click the 'Start Game' button to play the free Pacman online game and use the arrow keys to control the direction of Pac Man.

Pacman History 

This online Pacman game has its roots as a Japanese arcade game developed by Namco (now Namco Bandai) and licensed for distribution in the U.S. by Midway, first released in Japan on May 22, 1980.   Pac Man is universally considered as one of the classics of the medium, virtually synonymous with video games, and an icon of 1980s popular culture.   When it was released, the game became a social phenomenon.

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 both males and females.

The Pacman game is often credited with being a landmark in video game history, and is among the most famous arcade games of all time. The character also appears in more than 30 officially licensed games and sequels, as well as in numerous unauthorized clones and bootlegs.

How to Play Online Pacman

The player controls Pac-Man through a maze, eating dots. When all dots are eaten, Pac-Man is taken to the next stage. Four ghosts (known to most gamers as Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde) roam the maze, trying to catch Pac-Man. If a ghost touches Pac-Man, a life is lost. When all lives have been lost, the game ends.

Near the corners of the maze are four larger, flashing dots known as "energizers" or "power pellets", which provide Packman with the temporary ability to eat the ghosts. The ghosts turn deep blue, reverse direction, and usually move more slowly when Pac-Man eats an energizer. When a ghost is eaten, its eyes return to the "ghost pen" where it is regenerated in its normal color. Blue ghosts flash white before they become dangerous again and the amount of time the ghosts remain vulnerable varies from one board to the next, but the time period generally becomes shorter as the game progresses. In later stages, the ghosts do not change colors at all, but still reverse direction when an energizer is eaten.

In addition to dots and energizers, bonus items, usually referred to as fruits (though not all items are fruits) appear near the center of the maze twice per level. These items score extra bonus points when eaten. The items change and bonus values increase throughout the game.

Packman is awarded a single bonus life at 10,000 points by default. DIP switches inside the machine can change the required points or disable the bonus life altogether.

Ghosts in Pacman

Ghosts in Pacman

The player controls Pac-Man through a maze, eating dots. When all dots are eaten, Pacman is taken to the next stage. Four ghosts (known to most gamers as Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde) roam the maze, trying to catch Pac-Man. If a ghost touches Pac-Man, a life is lost. When all lives have been lost, the game ends.

Near the corners of the maze are four larger, flashing dots known as "energizers" or "power pellets", which provide Pac-Man with the temporary ability to eat the ghosts. The ghosts turn deep blue, reverse direction, and usually move more slowly when Pac-Man eats an energizer. When a ghost is eaten, its eyes return to the "ghost pen" where it is regenerated in its normal color. Blue ghosts flash white before they become dangerous again and the amount of time the ghosts remain vulnerable varies from one board to the next, but the time period generally becomes shorter as the game progresses. In later stages, the ghosts do not change colors at all, but still reverse direction when an energizer is eaten.

Pacman Intermissions

During the opening boards of the game, the linearity of the game's progression is interrupted by "intermissions" humorous animated scenes featuring Pac-Man and the ghosts. There are three different intermissions:

  • Blinky chases Pac-Man off the screen. Blinky reappears as a vulnerable blue monster coming the opposite direction, being chased by a giant Pac-Man. This intermission plays after Board 2.
  • Blinky chases Pac-Man across the screen, but his pelt is caught on a tack in the floor, and part of it is ripped off revealing his pinkness. This intermission plays after Board 5.
  • Blinky, with the corner of his pelt sewn back on, chases Pac-Man across the screen. Blinky reappears coming back the opposite direction, pinked, dragging his pelt behind him. This intermission plays after Boards 9, 13 and 17.

The Last Level in Pacman

The Last Level in Pacman

A perfect Pac-Man game would be logically defined as one where the player completes all 256 levels with a maximum point score and without losing a life.  However, the final board is not intact (due to a bug) and thus not entirely playable in the normal sense of the game. Nevertheless, the first perfect game was verified by the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard on July 3, 1999.  Billy Mitchell, of Hollywood, FL, achieved the feat in six hours. To attain the maximum possible score of 3,333,360 points, it was necessary for Mitchell to eat every fruit, every Power Pellet, every blue ghost and every dot for 256 boards without losing a single life.  But then it gets complicated. The reason a player must not lose a life through the first 255 boards is the complex final split-screen of board 256. Amongst the jumbled mess on the right side are 9 pellets (90 points), which actually get replaced after a life is lost. So to maximize the potential points a player needs all of the bonus lives intact (the reappearance of pellets is a result of the code bug on this board; it doesn't happen on any of the first 255 screens).

You can also download Pacman since it's a flash game which will allow you to play it locally on your computer.

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