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.

  • 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
  • Pac-Man


    According to the character's creator Toru Iwatani, the inspiration for Pac-Man was pizza without a slice, which gave him a vision of 'an animated pizza, racing through a maze and eating things with its absent-slice mouth'. However, he said in a 1986 interview that the design of the character also came from simplifying and rounding out the Japanese character for a mouth, kuchi.

  • Movie


    The Pac-Man character appears in the 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.

  • Rocky


    Rocky is a six-year-old Mixed Breed recycling pup. He is a creative canine, has a thousand ideas, and someone else’s trash is often his treasure.

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