Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco that was first released in Japan in 1980. It is one of the most well-known and successful video games in history, with over 400,000 units sold worldwide. In the game, players control a character called Pac-Man, who moves through a maze while eating dots and avoiding four ghost enemies. The objective of Pac-Man is to score as many points as possible by eating all of the dots in the maze while avoiding the ghost enemies.

As the player eats dots, the ghost enemies become faster and more aggressive. Pac-Man can eat power pellets, which turn the ghosts blue and vulnerable. When Pac-Man eats a blue ghost, he gains points and the ghost is sent back to its home base, where it regenerates and re-enters the maze. Pac-Man has three lives, and when he is caught by a ghost, he loses a life and the game restarts from the beginning of the current level. If the player loses all three lives, the game is over.

Pac-Man has four different levels, each with a different maze design. The game gets progressively harder as the player advances through the levels.

The player wins when they reach the final level and eat all of the dots in the maze. Once the player has cleared all four levels, the game enters a “kill screen” state, where the game becomes increasingly difficult and it becomes almost impossible to progress. Some versions of Pac-Man also have a “credit feed” feature, which allows the player to continue playing from the point where they lost their last life by inserting additional coins into the arcade machine.

If the player is able to complete the game and reach the kill screen, they are presented with the “win screen,” which displays the message “CONGRATULATIONS” and the total number of points the player has scored. The game then resets and the player can start a new game.

Pac-Man, first released in Japan, was later released in the United States and other countries, where it became a massive hit. It is estimated that Pac-Man has been played over 10 billion times worldwide.

Pac-Man has had a lasting impact on popular culture and is considered an iconic symbol of the 1980s. It has been referenced in numerous TV shows, movies, and songs.

TV shows:

The Simpsons: In the episode “Bart vs. Thanksgiving,” Bart creates a life-size version of Pac-Man using his family as the characters.

South Park: In the episode “Preschool,” the characters play a violent version of Pac-Man called “Human Pac-Man.”

That ’70s Show: In the episode “Love, Wisconsin Style,” the characters play Pac-Man at a roller rink.


Wreck-It Ralph: The movie is about a group of video game characters who go on adventures in different games, and Pac-Man makes a cameo appearance.

Pixels: The movie features a scene where the characters play a life-size version of Pac-Man in the streets of New York City.

The Wizard: The movie is about a group of kids who travel to California to compete in a video game tournament, and Pac-Man is one of the games they play.

The yellow, chomping, circular disc that is Pac-Man has inspired a wide range of merchandise, including toys, clothes, and other products. The simple yet addictive gameplay of Pac-Man has made it a classic that is still enjoyed by people of all ages today.