About Pac-Man

Pac-Man is an arcade game designed by Toru Iwatani (employee at Namco, a Japanese company that had business in video games, game centres and theme parks) and was first released in Japan as Puck Man in May 1980. It was officially introduced in the US by Midway in 1980. At that time, the most popular arcade video games themes were based on space shooters (Space Invaders, Asteroids) and sport games. Pac-man quickly ate them all with a fresh theme.

  • Puck Man

    Puck Man

    PAC-MAN's name comes from paku-paku, an onomatopoeic Japanese word for gobbling something up. The character's name was originally written in English as 'Puck-Man', but when Namco localised the game for the United States they changed it to 'Pac-Man', fearing that vandals would change the P in Puck to an F.

  • High Score

    High Score

    Although PAC-MAN doesn't have an ending as such, an integer overflow makes the 256th level impossible to clear. This means that if every dot, power pellet, fruit, and enemy is consumed on each of the 255 levels, the maximum possible score is 3,333,360 points.

    This man beat Pac-Man
  • Google Maps

    Google Maps

    On April 1st, 2015, Google Maps turned the world into a PAC-MAN maze game.

    Maze game Google Maps
  • Movie


    PAC-MAN appears in the Sony film Pixels (2015), with Denis Akiyama playing series creator Toru Iwatani. PAC-MAN is referenced and makes an appearance in the 2017 film Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

  • Best selling

    Best selling

    A surprise super hit: PAC-MAN immediately became the best-selling arcade game of the time and would go on to sell over 300,000 arcade machine units.

  • 40th anniversary

    40th anniversary

    In 2020, not only will the Olympic and Paralympic games take place in Japan, PAC-MAN’s birthplace, but also PAC-MAN will celebrate its 40th anniversary!

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