Pac-Man • 1980

  • Action
  • Maze
  • Toru Iwatani
Inspired by
  • Head On
Pac-Man is a maze game launched by Namco in Japan in May 1980. You play the part of the titular Pac-Man, a yellow circle with a chomping mouth. The aim of the game is to eat all the dots in the maze, while avoiding four ghosts.

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  • "According to [Frank] Fogleman [, Founder of Gremlin], the resemblance Namco's signature game bore to *Head-On* was far beyond coincidental. Back when Gremlin was looking for a buyer, Fogleman and Namco's founder had dinner. Fogleman and Namco's founder and head Masaya Nakamura had dinner. Fogleman was looking for capital, but Nakamura was more interested in *Head-On*. [...] roughly 16 months later, *Pac-Man* debuted" From The Sega Arcade Revolution: A History in 62 Games, By Ken Horowitz, 2018.