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Pacman - A Classic Game I Played in My Childhood

Updated on February 15, 2018

The Popularity of Pacman

If you were to ask someone in the world for their favorite arcade game of all time I think most people would say Pacman. Pacman is widely recognized and continues to be played around the world. If you showed someone the Pacman figure eating dots and chasing blue ghosts they would know the game you were talking about instantly. It wouldn't matter if you were in the Far East, Europe or America. Pacman is a global phenomenon with a large following.

History of Pacman

Pacman was originally a coin operated arcade game released in Japan in 1980. It was developed by Namco and then licensed to Midway to distribute the game in the USA. Pacman became a classic and an icon of 80's pop culture. Pacman also went on to become a TV program and a song. The Japanese continue to show their support for Pacman with the Human Pacman.

Various versions of Pacman have been released over the years and this has continued the popularity of Pacman. Can you think of anyone who's never heard of Pacman or never played the game? I can't.

Before Facebook, there was Pacman. Pacman went viral and is the highest grossing video game of all time.

Why Was Pacman so Successful?

Pacman is a global phenomenon in terms of gaming. It was one of the first arcade games to cross boundaries and appeal to all ages and sexes. Before Pacman the most popular arcade games were shooter games such as Asteroids and Space Invaders. These games appealed mostly to boys and men whereas Pacman appealed to everyone.

Pacman recently celebrated 30 years and with over 30 spinoffs of Pacman the game was adapted to work on different game consoles and computers. This led to a number of places you can get your free Pacman download to relive your childhood and have fun with your friends.

Tips to Play Pacman

Another major reason Pacman has continued to be successful is that it is a relatively simple game and yet can be challenging at the same time. The basic aim of the game is to eat all the dots as fast as possible while avoiding the ghosts, in order to continue onto the next level. As you progress through the levels it get's progressively harder. The ghosts get faster and the Power pills located in the 4 corners of the game last for less time.

Try and eat the dots in a logical manner because you don't want to have to navigate half the maze to come back for them later, especially if you have already eaten the Power Pill located in that quadrant of the maze.

If the ghosts are starting to close in on you try going through the tunnel located to the left and right of the maze. It takes the ghosts longer to get through the tunnel and this can give you some much needed breathing room.

Another important point is Pacman travels faster over areas where there are no dots to eat. So if you are in a jam and need to escape the ghosts forget about eating pills; sometimes speed is more important. If you live long enough to get the ghost off your tail then you can go back later to get those particular dots.


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      LaZeric Freeman 

      5 years ago from Hammond

      I have PacMan on my computer. I still love to play it to de-stress a day. What about BurgerTime?

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      Olde Cashmere 

      6 years ago

      I loved this game when I was a kid and still love it to this day. Classic arcade games like Pacman will always have an audience. Great work, voted up and awesome.

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      6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I played a lot of Pacman through the years and Centipede was another favorite. Great Hub!

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      6 years ago from Central USA

      I loved pacman and atari..I miss pong and frogger on the system so bad

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      7 years ago

      Thanks Faceless39. I guess I like to write about things that I do, watch or know about. I haven't figured it all out but I like to change things up. I don't know if I could write about just one thing.... Wouldn't it get monotonous? I see you write on a few different topics too!

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      Kate P 

      7 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Hey Lauryallan, I really enjoyed this hub! I'm a child of the 80s and have a deep connection with 80s arcade games! Thanks for the tips for Pac-man as well!! :) I also really like how you have such a wide range of hub article topics! I feel like I just found a gem.


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