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The original Arcade machine


Manufacturer: Midway
Year: 1980
Class: Wide Release
Genre: Labyrinth/Maze
Type: Videogame
 Orientation: Vertical
 Type: Raster: Standard Resolution
 CRT: Color
Conversion Class: Namco Galaxian
Number of Simultaneous Players: 1
Maximum number of Players: 2
Gameplay: Alternating
Control Panel Layout: Single Player
Sound: Amplified Mono (one channel)


Introduced by Namco and licensed to manufacture by Midway Games, Inc. in 1980, Pacman quickly became one of the worlds best known most loved icons ever. Pacman is a simplistic video games in which you use a 4 way joystick to maneuver around a simple maze eating dots and avoiding the 4 monsters within the maze. You move around to eat all the dots in order to clear the maze. Each new maze gets faster and faster until you get caught (and you will sooner or later) by the monsters. Your goal is to just get as far as possible to gain the most score.

By 1982 The little yellow man, touched off one of the biggest marketing campaigns in history. We soon saw Pacman phones, keychains, and even superbowl half time specials. No character was more recognized thought the world even today. It is estimated that there were some 250 to 300 thousand plus machines manufactured, with more then 100 thousand of them in the United States. In fact to this day, there are still Pacman machines in a lot of your local arcades, and a lot of people collect restored Pacman machines in their home now. Along with it's tremendous success, came a flood of clones, sequels, versions, and bootlegs. Plus the Internet has fueled Pacman online, MAME Pacman, Java Pacman, and even maze editors played out all on your home PC now. How does such a game last so long though year after year? One word.. Simplicity.

Pacman World Record

On July 3, 1999 at 4:45 P.M., taking nearly six hours to accomplish the feat -- on one quarter -- Billy Mitchell, 33, a Fort Lauderdale hot sauce manufacturer visiting the famous Funspot Family Fun Center in Weirs Beach, NH, scored 3,333,360 points -- the maximum possible points allowed by the game. The results will go into next yearÆs edition of the Twin GalaxiesÆ Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records -- which is the official record book for the world of video game and pinball playing. [1]


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pacman is Copyright (c) 2002-2006 Judd Vinet <> and is licensed through the GNU General Public License.