We all know the game Pacman and have probably played it at least once in our lives in some form or another. The game was released way back in the 1980s, so you can even trace it back to your great-grandparents! The Pacman 30th Anniversary Google Doodle was brought to life in 2010 as a way to commemorate 30 years of the game.
Let’s get deeper into the history and what Pacman is all about, shall we?
As previously mentioned, Pacman was created in 1980 by Namco based in Japan. The original title was Puck-Man but was changed to Pac-Man instead. Since its release, Pacman has been added to every single gaming platform out there. It’s a classic in the world of video gaming and has most certainly made its mark in video game history.
From arcade machines to consoles and PCs to mobile phones, a version of Pacman exists! All this is credited to Toru Iwatani for designing a video game with a non-violent theme to shake up the gaming sphere at the time.
Over the years, more spin-offs and media tie-ins were created based on Pac-Man like Ms Pac-Man, Pac-Man World, Professor Pac-Man and more. Even in today’s day and age, everyone still enjoys a little arcade fun with Pacman. This was evident by the release of a playable version of Pacman on our browsers by Google for the Pacman 30th Anniversary Google Doodle.
How It Works
Players control the yellow creature with a moving mouth as he goes through the maze eating bits or dots while being chased by four colourful ghosts – Blinky, Clyde, Pinky and Inky. The goal is to consume all 240 dots in the maze without getting caught by the ghosts. Each ghost has different attack strategies and three modes – Chase, Scatter or Frightened.
Blinky (Red): Nicknamed Shadow, Blinky enjoys trailing behind Pac-man and changes to cruising at Pac-Man’s speed or faster as he eats more dots. He moves the fastest.
Clyde (Orange): Nicknamed Pokey, Clyde heads after Pac-Man after leaving the ghost box but changes directions shortly after to initiate the scatter phase. A dangerous ghost when dealing with the lower part of the maze.
Pinky (Pink): Pinky follows Pac-Man’s direction but tends to move towards the closest walls around him to catch him off-guard. Sort of like a block, or surprise around the corner.
Inky (Turquoise/Light Blue): The wildcard, Inky is a mixture of every ghost in the game which makes him the most dangerous ghost. He’s unpredictable so you might want to keep tabs on where he is in the maze.
Pacman also incorporated power-ups into its gameplay with four pellets for each game. Once these power pellets are consumed, ghosts turn dark blue and can be eaten. Once eaten, they return to their ghost box and you are left to run free for a short while. There are also additional fruits that would appear, these could be eaten to earn more points in the game.
Overall, you’ll have three lives. Once your three lives are gone, the game ends.
Some have attributed Pacman with the incorporation of power-ups in video games that could boost morale and allow players to strategically put their power-ups to use. Cutscenes started gaining traction in games as well after Pacman was popularized.
Pacman created a new wave and interest in games, especially for those who are looking for a non-violent option. It’s also a fast game that brings challenges to players, which makes it highly addictive. The Pacman mania back in the 1980s truly comes as no surprise.
Where to Play Pacman
Sure, you can play Pacman basically everywhere, but where exactly is ‘everywhere’? Well, here are some top choices! Of course, the easiest one is to open up your browser and just type in Pacman. You can play the Pacman Doodle version of the game directly in your browser on any device, just tap Play!
There’s also the Pac-Man app that you can download on the App Store or Google Play Store if you’re itching to have it on your mobile devices. For consoles and PC, you can buy the game from your respective platforms, be it PlayStation, Xbox, Steam or even the Nintendo Switch. It is usually found under the Arcade Game Series pack.
Naturally, there are all sorts of variations of the game now as people have expanded on the idea of Pacman and created their own versions. As some of them are locked behind a paywall, you might want to get some Google Play Gift Cards from OffGamers here to get past them!
There you have it! May this article enlighten you on Pacman, and the Pacman 30th Anniversary Google Doodle which we hope would exist until the end of the internet.