Pac-Man (Arcade)

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            Series : Pac-Man
         Developer : Namco
             Genre : Top-down maze game
          Graphics : Pixel Art
            Themes : Food
      Release Info : MiSTer implementation
    Metagame Class : EIUR
          Hardware : Zilog Z80
        Other Tags : ghosts
                     Tile-based Backgrounds
       Emulated in : Pac-Man Museum + (2022 XB1) 
             Ports : Pac-Man (1982 A2600)
                     Pac-Man (1983 C64)
                     Pac-Man (1984 NES)
                     Pac-Man (2016 PS4)

not completed.


Other scores:
 73000 ...........  on 2012-03-07

Scores - 5 lives:
 30680 ...........  on 2013-04-19

Scores - MAME:
 28380 ...........  on 2009-07-04
 25210 ...........  on 2017-12-03
 24340 ...........  on 2013-04-18
 21630 ...........  on 2005-05-29
 20340 ...........  on 2013-04-18
 19180 ...........  on 2009-06-22
 16530 ...........  on 2009-01-16

Scores - MiSTer:
 17080 ...........  on 2020-07-26

Scores - Pac-Man Museum +:
 15820 ...........  on 2022-05-29


  • According to creator Toru Iwatani, the shape of Pac-Man is inspired by a pizza with a slice missing. The title 'Pakku-Man' was based on the sound word 'paku-paku', which is the sound of munching. (Montfort, Bogost: 'Racing the Beam')


  • I'm playing in Pac-Man Museum + and noticing that the cabinet art shows a list of bonus items, a cherry is worth 100 points, a strawberry is worth 200, and a melon is worth 500. And then the next three items are questionmarks worth 700 points etc.! The cabinet art is avoiding spoilers of the three last mysterious bonus items! When your game pretty much shows everything it contains from the first second you start playing, you better keep something secret to motivate the players :)

Log entries

  • My wiki has a 2005 entry about MAME emulation of various games, among them Pac-man.
  • 2005-05-29
  • Got the score 21630 in MAME. Score from my wiki.
  • 2009-01-16
  • Got the score 16530 in MAME.
  • 2009-06-22
  • Got the score 19180 in MAME.
  • 2009-07-04
  • Got the score 28380 in MAME.
  • 2012-03-07
  • Got the score 73000. I finally tried a real Pac-man arcade cabinet at the Google GDC Party. However, the version I played seemed to be sped up a bit, I haven't quite figured out which version it was. Anyway, I was playing my best game ever, when my colleagues wanted to leave for another party and finally distracted me enough to ruin my game. And the other party sucked. :'( Still, I got a score > 73000, which is still great!
  • 2013-04-18
  • Got the score 20340 in MAME. @ work
  • Got the score 24340 in MAME. @ home
  • 2013-04-19
  • Got the score 30680 in 5 lives. Playing a nice Pac-Man machine at Chassis Arcade, my score was embarassingly low compared to the machines current high score of 247970.
  • 2017-12-03
  • Got the score 25210 in MAME.
  • 2019-06-14
  • Malu and I visited Bip Bip Bar, and I played a long game of Pac-Man on a machine set to 6 lives.
  • 2020-04-07
  • I just ordered a MiSTer FPGA from I have never played around with an FPGA before, and the concept itself seems completely magical to me. The MiSTEr seems like an incredibly well-supported project with the most hardcore enthusiasts doing their best to make the ultimate emulation box. Apart from the Terasic DE10-Nano board with the Intel Cyclone V FPGA (150 $), I ordered 128MB SDRAM (60 $), a USB Hub (40 $), a cooling system (15 $), and a case (50 $), an 256 GB SD card (50 $), and a few other things for a total of 405 $. A new PS4 is 422 $, but never mind that.
  • 2020-06-15
  • Due to COVID-19, my MiSTer has been stuck in Queens, New York for 40 days. Now it's finally gotten through the distribution center, and should be on its way here.
  • 2020-06-29
  • Apparently, my MiSTer is now in Denmark, going through customs. I had almost lost hope at this point.
  • 2020-07-03
  • *Finally* it's cleared by customs.
  • I payed 915 DKK in import tax. Ouch.
  • 2020-07-04
  • I got it now! And it works!! However, I can't get Pac-Man to run at all. But the consoles work, and it's awesome.
  • 2020-07-26
  • Got the score 17080 in MiSTer. All the arcade games work now. I have some troubles with sound on the Elgato, but apart from that everything seems to work.
  • 2022-05-29
  • Got the score 15820 in Pac-Man Museum +. You gotta start with the classics! This seems to be a fine emulation of Pac-Man.

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