Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 40 years, you’ve probably heard of the legendary Pacman. In this classic 2D arcade action game, the objective is to eat all the white dots in the labyrinth, but the 4 pesky ghosts chasing after you make this easier said than done.
Modern games are in debt to this all-time classic because, back in the 1980s, incorporating unique movement patterns for all the NPCs was groundbreaking. And while nowadays we take it for granted, it was this legendary title that first established the inseparable and ever-evolving bond between AI and video games.
How to play Pacman
This old-school game would be extremely difficult if there weren’t big glowing dots placed in each corner of the maze. Eating them will turn all ghosts blue and slow them down, enabling you to become the chaser for a brief period. When the ghosts are about to return to their original role, they’ll start blinking so don’t get overly excited about your newly gained powers.
It’s a good strategy to clear a single quadrant of the maze at a time to avoid running back to eat those pellets you’ve left behind. You should also be mindful of timing your transformation into a chaser. Keep your archenemies close and just when they’re about to get to you, eat the big dot and run them down. Every 10k points scored grants you a new life, so don’t beat yourself up if you make a couple of misplays early on.
What are the controls for Pacman?
Pacman is yet to be mobile-optimized, but you can play it for free in a PC browser. Press the enter key to start the game, the P key to pause, and the arrow keys to move.
- A classic arcade maze-running action
- Entertaining endless gameplay
- There’s always a higher score to reach