Pac-Man (ARC)

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Platform: Arcade
Year: 1980
Developer: Namco Limited
For other games in the series, see Pac-Man.

Pac-Man is an action arcade game where you control a little yellow disc that eats up dots through a maze. You objective is to eat the dots which requires you to traverse through every path. As you do this, four ghosts will chase you around and kill you if they touch you. There are four power pellets, one each each corner of the maze, which you can eat that will temporarily allow you to eat the ghosts. Although this doesn't kill them, it puts them out of commission for a short time making it easier for you to eat the remaining dots. When you eat all of the dots, you progress to the next stage where things become more difficult.


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I think this arcade game is haunted!

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The original Japanese ghost names.

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Starting a new game.

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A quick glance at the maze before we begin.

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Running from the ghosts.

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And now, they're running from me!


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Most of Pac-Man's audio is sound effects, but it does have a couple memorable jingles that remain popular decades later. Although the game doesn't have audio credits, Namco has identified Toshio Kai and Shigeichi Ishimura as having worked on the audio. Kai composed "Start Music" and "Coffee Break Music" while Ishimura did everything else.

Pac-Man showcases an early example of interactive sound. As you eat the dots in the maze, the background siren continues to raise in pitch and tempo creating a more urgent sound.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Start Music Toshio KaiToshio Kai 0:04
02 Coffee Break Music Toshio KaiToshio Kai 0:10
03 Miss Shigeichi IshimuraShigeichi Ishimura 0:01


(Source: Verification from staff; game lacks credits)

Since this game was made at an early time where video games didn't normally have credits, this game also lacks them as well. However, we have contacted Fukashi Ohmorita who verified Toshio Kai's role in the game's music composition. Other album releases (such as Join the Pac - Pac-Man 40th Anniversary Album) also credit both men for the game's audio.


Game Rip





A rip has yet to be made. Music was recorded during game play. This audio output is not currently supported by VGM.

Audio Devices

The arcade version uses an early 3-channel Namco WSG clocked at 96 kHz.


  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: パックマン (Puck Man)
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1980-05-22
Publisher: Namco Limited
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Pac-Man
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1980-10-26
Publisher: Midway