In Weird Al Yankovic's music video for "White & Nerdy" there are several scenes of Weird Al dancing in a black room in front of road flares shaped like the arcade version of Pac-Man (which itself is a parody of Chamillionaire rapping in front of a lizard made of road flares is his music video for Ridin'.[105][better source needed] A pinball version titled Mr & Mrs Pac-Man was designed by George Christian and released by Bally/Midway in 1982.[115] The spin-off arcade game Baby Pac Man also contains a non-video pinball element.[116]

Meanwhile Coleco's tabletop Mini-Arcade versions of the game yielded 1.5 million units. Namco has repeatedly re-released the game to arcades In 2001 Namco released a Ms Pac-Man/Galaga "Class of 1981 Reunion Edition" cabinet with Pac-Man available for play as a hidden game To commemorate Pac-Man's 25th anniversary in 2005 Namco released a revision that officially featured all. In April 2011 Soap Creative published World's Biggest Pac-Man working together with Microsoft and Namco-Bandai to celebrate Pac-Man's 30th anniversary It is a multiplayer browser-based game with user-created interlocking mazes.[145] In 2016 an in-app version of Pac-Man was introduced in Facebook Messenger This allows users to play the game against their friends while talking over Facebook The Pac-Man character appears in the film Pixels (2015) with Denis Akiyama playing series creator Toru Iwatani.[107][108] Iwatani himself makes a cameo at the beginning of the film as an arcade technician Following Ms Pac-Man Bally Midway released several other unauthorized spin-offs such as Pac-Man Plus Jr Pac-Man Baby Pac-Man and Professor Pac-Man resulting in Namco severing business relations with Midway.[10][133] Sticker manufacturer Fleer included Pac-Man Rub Off Game cards with their Pac-Man stickers The card packages contain a Pac-Man style maze with all points along the path covered with opaque coverings Starting from the lower board Pac-Man starting position the player moves around the maze while scratching off the coverings to score points A white dot scores one point a blue monster scores ten points and a cherry scores 50 points Uncovering a red orange or pink monster scores no points but the game ends when a third such monster is uncovered A Ms Pac-Man version of the game also includes pretzels (100 points) and bananas (200 points).[113] In South Pasadena California a store called Kaldi has a non-commercially available Pac-Man 2 game machine in the store Only 3 machines exist the others are in a mall in Arcadia California and Brooklyn in NYC.[citation needed] In December 1982 an eight-year-old boy Jeffrey R Yee received a letter from U.S President Ronald Reagan congratulating him on a worldwide record of 6,131,940 points a score only possible if he had passed the unbeatable Split-Screen Level.[34] In September 1983 Walter Day chief scorekeeper at Twin Galaxies took the US National Video Game Team on a tour of the East Coast to visit video game players who said they could get through the Split-Screen Level No video game player could demonstrate this ability In 1999 Billy Mitchell offered $100,000 to anyone who could pass through the Split-Screen Level before January 1 2000 The prize expired unclaimed.[34] On Aug in the 2016 Summer Olympics closing ceremony during a video which showcased Tokyo as the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics a small segment shows Pac-Man and the ghosts racing against each other eating pac-dots on a running track.[94] On June 5 2007 the first Pac-Man World Championship was held in New York City which brought together ten competitors from eight countries to play the new Pac-Man Championship Edition developed by Tōru Iwatani.[134] Its sequel was released November 2010 At one time a feature film based on the game was in development.[103][104] Although Midway's 1980 flyer for Pac-Man used both the terms "monsters" and "ghost monsters",[24] the term "ghosts" started to become more popular after technical limitations in the Atari 2600 version caused the antagonists to flicker and seem ghostlike leading them to be referred to in the manual as "ghosts" and they have most frequently been referred to as ghosts in English. There's a problem loading this menu right now Learn more about Amazon Prime. Guinness World Records has awarded the Pac-Man series eight records in Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008 including First Perfect Pac-Man Game for Billy Mitchell's July 3 1999 score and "Most Successful Coin-Operated Game" On June 3 2010 at the NLGD Festival of Games the game's creator Toru Iwatani officially received the certificate from Guinness World Records for Pac-Man having had the most "coin-operated arcade machines" installed worldwide: 293,822 The record was set and recognized in 2005 and mentioned in the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008 but finally actually awarded. Nelsonic Industries produced a Pac-Man LCD wristwatch game This follows essentially the same rules as the video version though with a simplified maze.[114] In 2010 Namco Bandai announced the release of the game on Windows Phone 7 as an Xbox.

Pac-Man is one of the few games to have been consistently published for over three decades having been remade on numerous platforms and spawned many sequels Re-releases include ported and updated versions of the arcade game Numerous unauthorized Pac-Man clones appeared soon after its release The combined sales of counterfeit arcade machines sold nearly as many units as the Pac-Man which had sold more than 300,000 machines.[117] A perfect Pac-Man game occurs when the player achieves the maximum possible score on the first 255 levels (by eating every possible dot power pellet fruit and enemy) without losing a single life and using all extra lives to score as many points as possible. On J Pac-Man was confirmed to appear as a playable character in the game Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U The 3DS version also has a stage based on the arcade game called Pac-Maze.[146] A Pac-Man Amiibo figurine was also released by Nintendo on Super Impulse has released stand-alone Tiny Arcade versions of Pac-Man along with Ms Pac-Man Galaxian and Space Invaders.[147] Your Shopping Cart is empty Give it purpose—fill it with books DVDs clothes electronics and more If you already have an account sign in There's a problem previewing your cart right now Check your Internet connection and go to your cart or. Namco Networks sold a downloadable Windows PC version of Pac-Man in 2009 which also includes an "Enhanced" mode which replaces all of the sprites with the sprites from Pac-Man Championship Edition Namco Networks made a downloadable bundle which includes their PC version of Pac-Man and their port of Dig Dug called Namco All-Stars: Pac-Man and. Up into the early 1970s Namco primarily specialized in kiddie rides for Japanese department stores Masaya Nakamura the founder of Namco saw the potential value of video games and started to direct the company toward arcade games starting with electromechanical ones such as F-1 (1976) He later hired a number of software engineers to develop their own video games as to compete with companies like. An important trait of any game is the illusion of winnability The most successful game in this respect is Pac-Man which appears winnable to most players yet is never quite winnable. In 2011 Namco sent a DMCA notice to the team that made the programming language Scratch saying that a programmer had infringed copyright by making a Pac-Man game using the language and uploading it to Scratch's official website.[144] The Pac-Man character and game series became an icon of video game culture during the 1980s and a wide variety of Pac-Man merchandise has been marketed with the character's image from t-shirts and toys to hand-held video game imitations and even specially shaped pasta General Mills manufactured a cereal by the Pac-Man name in 1983 Over the cereal's lifespan characters from sequels Super Pac-Man and Ms Pac-Man were. The Pac-Man animated TV series produced by Hanna–Barbera aired on ABC from 1982 to 1983.[95] In 2010 a computer-generated animated series titled Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures was reported to be in the works The show was released on Disney XD. A version of Pac-Man and Ms Pac-Man was released on the Galaxy Games multi-game cocktail table unit in 1998 The game differed from the in that players controlled Pac-Man's movement with a trackball instead of a normal arcade joystick Microsoft released Microsoft Return of Arcade in 1996 and Microsoft Return of Arcade: Anniversary Edition in 2000 and includes Pac-Man as one of its bundled arcade games

In the movie Scott Pilgrim vs the World there are two scenes where the title character recites trivia about the name Pac-Man to a love interest He mentions the name was Puck-Man from the Japanese word paku-paku (to open and close one's mouth) but was changed to avoid potential vandalism from its resemblance of a. This corrupts the bottom of the screen and the entire right half of the maze with seemingly random symbols and tiles overwriting the values of edible dots which makes it impossible to eat enough dots to beat the level Because this effectively ends the game this "split-screen" level is often referred to as the "kill screen" Emulators and code analysis have revealed what would happen if this 256th level is cleared: the fruit and intermissions would restart at level 1 conditions but the enemies would retain their higher speed and invulnerability to power pellets from the higher stages.[32] Various platform games based on the series have also been released by Namco such as 1984's Pac-Land and the Pac-Man World series which features Pac-Man in a 3-D world More modern versions of the game have also been developed such as the multiplayer Pac-Man Vs for the Nintendo GameCube